Monthly Archives: September 2013

Feelin Fresh take 2: The Buddha Bowl

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Hey friends!

Yup I’m back. I could apologize for how long its been since I blogged last, but that’s starting to get a bit repetitive. The MCAT is over, 3rd year has started, and I’m trying to force myself to start cooking again after a lengthy hiatus.

There were many kitchen adventures going on in my apartment over the summer

some successful,

baked oatmeal

{This is like berry crisp for breakfast…extra amazing with coconut whipped cream}

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{The PPK’s Chana Masala to serve at my first dinner party}

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{ the best grapefruit I’ve ever had}

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{all bout dem lettuce wraps: turkey sweet potato and pesto}

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{finally gave hasselbeck potatoes a try, and they are so worth the prep time. and the finger cuts}

And some not so successful,

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I can honestly say this cauliflower crust pizza was the worst thing I have ever made. It was soggy, crumbly, and tasted like cauliflower….in pizza…I might have nightmares about it.

Just terrible.

I had such high hopes!!! I’ve seen so many recipes around the blogs, and I think my mistake was that I should have squeezed out the water from the cauliflower. Also I should have made it thinner and baked it for a LOT longer.

Anyways,

Time for a Feelin’ Fresh post!!! I’ve been perusing through the Fresh cookbook almost daily over breakfast (#obsession), and noted that they did not include my absolute favourite menu item from Fresh.

I’ve been recreating this dish regularly for a few years now, and it makes excellent leftovers. This isnt exactly a traditional recipe, but more of a guideline, so feel free to comment if you need more guidance!

The Buddha Bowl

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A thai inspired dish with peanut sauce so good you’ll want to drink it. Feel free to mix and match produce, grains, or protein with whatever you have.

Base

Quinoa, soba noodles, rice, or even zucchini/spaghetti squash noodles work perfect. Make one serving, two servings, 5 servings depending on how many days you want to be eating this for.

Toppings

Traditional: Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, bean sprouts, peanuts and cilantro.

Also good: thinly sliced red peppers, peas/sugar snap peas, scallions, carrots

Protein

Traditional: Pan fried tofu cubes, premarinated in peanut sauce if you’re on top of things or just plain if you’re not

Also good: tempeh, chicken, roasted chickpeas, plain chickpeas, lentils

Peanut Sauce (essential)

I’ve adapted this recipe over the years, and its perfect so dont mess with it. I recommend tasting it while you make it to get a feel for the flavors and see what you like!

-1/4 c NATURAL peanut butter (the kraft shit does not work, I’ve tried with disgusting results)

-1 tbsp soy sauce

-1 garlic clove, grated or pureed

-zest of 1/2 small lime

-juice of 1 lime (zest before juicing! much easier)

-1-2 tsp honey or sugar, to taste

-chili powder to taste (don’t use hot sauce, it messes with the consistency)

1. Add everything together in bowl and mix by hand until blended.

2. Start by adding 2 tbsp of cold water and blend until a smooth consistency results. Keep adding water, 2 tbsp at a time, until you have the desired thickness (should be about the consistency of maple syrup. )

3. Put on everything, realize you ate an entire 1/4 c of peanut butter in one day, only feel slightly bad about it cause it was delicious.

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