Until recently a bowl of vegetables would not have been something I would have thought about making myself as an enjoyable meal. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian and I would have felt that my dish was lacking somewhat. Veggies had always been the accompaniment around the central ingredient of meat or fish. It was inspired when watching the insta-stories of the fantastic @shutthekaleup, where she created these delicious bowls or roasted vegetables served with bean dip or houmous. They looked so good that I decided to give them a try. Well now I’m officially addicted! I’ve always been a fan of roasted sweet potatoes and squashes, but roasting broccoli, sprouts or cauliflower changes the taste and texture completely – and all for the better in my opinion. My staple ‘Buddha Bowl’ (The term given to describe bowl of colourful, nutritious plant-based goodness) will consist of :
- Sweet potato wedges – The wedge shape is so satisfying and perfect for dipping!
- A variety of squash – My favourite being rings of carnival squash but butternut is great and easier to find.
- Courgettes slices
- Florets of broccoli and cauliflower
- Brussel Sprouts – Halved or quartered if they are particularly large ones
- Asparagus spears
I steam the sweet potato and squash for around 12 minutes adding the greens for the last 5-6 minutes just to soften them slightly. Then lay everything out on a baking tray and spritz with avocado, olive or coconut oil. I then season with mineral rich pink Himalayan sea salt, black pepper and Tumeric. Tumeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and a is a strong anti-oxidant.
Roast the vegetables for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius and serve with houmous, bean dip, guacamole or any other plant based dip of your choice!
You could also add grains or noodles but I find the sweet potato quite filling here and they are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and are another fantastic anti-oxidant. Its also a great source of natural fibre. You can of course roast up a batch of any vegetable you like, and season as you wish. Just try it and enjoy your bowl full of goodness