On the fly Buddha Bowl
People ask me a lot what I eat, and imediately after how I make time for all that cooking. The secret is PREP. Give yourself 90 min 2x week, and you can have meals ready in a flash when you need them. No joke! This Buddha bowl is one of my favourite examples of the magic that can happen with a little advance prep. Here we have brown rice, topped with steamed broccoli, sautéed garlicky spinach, vegan “burger” patties, avocado and hummus. Ready in 10 min flat. Here’s the prep that made that possible:
– Brown rice: big batch pre made
– Spinach: washed and ready to sauté
– Garlic: pre chopped and frozen (you can find this already prepared in grocery store too)
– Lentil/ Mushroom “Burgers”: pre-made & frozen.
– Hummus: pre-made and ready in fridge.
When it was ‘go’ time (signalled by a rumbling in my tummy), I gave myself 10 min and got to work. Heated up the brown rice. Sautéed the garlic and added spinach . Pan fried the burgers. Assembled the dish, topped with avocado & hummus. And – done. I felt really great after! Ready to attack the rest of my day 🙂
Here’s the recipe for the Vegan burgers, inspired by Chloe Coscarelli:
– 1 pack of brown mushrooms, about 250g, sliced and sautéed
– about half cup of dried lentils, cooked (cook per instructions or use 1 whole can)
– 3/4 cup spelt flour, or whatever flour you have.
– probably about 1/3 cup or more of bread crumbs to make them stick together better and add moisture
– spice – I added cumin, basil, salt and pepper. (I use sea salt that is mixed with a bunch of spices to make my life easier:)
Blend all ingredients together to form a dough (should be firm but soft enough to shape.) Refrigerate for a few hours to give them time to stiffen. Then shape them into patties. If not using immediately, freeze them. (Note on this – I take the formed patties, put them on a cutting board and put the cutting board in the freezer. After a few hours, they will have frozen and then I transfer them into a freezer bag for easier storage.) When ready to eat, pan fry them lightly in a bit of oil – about 3-5 min on each side.
If you do try this, tell me what you think!! How long did it take you? Any time saying tips?