Meatless (or not) Monday! How To Buddha Bowl

Anyone try to do a Meatless Monday? Or try to be meatless a couple of times out of the week? Thinking about becoming more meatless? There is more to meatless meals than a boring salad! When I'm looking for a quick and healthy meal, my go-to is a Buddha Bowl. I probably make one once or twice a week! They are so easy to make, and you can put a TON of different veggies, carbs and protein in them.  Here's one I love that is Mediterranean-ish. You pick a base, add veggies, a complex carb and any kind of protein you want! Not down for all the veg? No problem! Sometimes I'll follow these steps then put some grilled salmon or chicken on top. 

Step One: Choose your base.

 Pictured: Mixed greens

Pictured: Mixed greens

 Step Two: Add veggies

 Pictured: Cucumber, tomato, carrots, artichoke hearts, avocado, garbanzo beans

Pictured: Cucumber, tomato, carrots, artichoke hearts, avocado, garbanzo beans

Add any veggies! The more the merrier here, there is no limit! 

Step Three: Add a sauce/dressing

 Pictured: Tahini

Pictured: Tahini

I love adding in a scoop of Tahini or Hummus to my bowls. Gives it some more texture and flavor. You can also add in any kind of light dressing of your choice. Try balsamic, greek dressing, or lemon juice. 

Step Four: Add a complex carb

 Pictured: Quinoa

Pictured: Quinoa

Add in a complex carb. I chose quinoa, but sometimes I add in brown rice. Any kind of whole grain works here. 

Step Five: Pick your protein

 Pictured: Halloumi

Pictured: Halloumi

Finally, pick your protein! For this meal, I chose Halloumi cheese- my favorite! Not super high in protein but a nice substitute. You can throw on grilled salmon, chicken, ground turkey, tofu, shrimp, steak or just leave it how it is!

I am all about simplicity when it comes to the kitchen. These bowls can go a long way! They are healthy, easy, relatively cheap, and you can get creative with them. Happy and healthy eating, y'all!

"A healthy outside comes from the inside."