These colorful "Buddha" bowls are a great way to introduce more veggies into your diet. While there are many different components –artichokes, rice, broccoli, bok choy -- they can all be cooked simultaneously, making this an excellent nutrient-dense choice for lunch that provides protein, healthy fats, and a hearty grain, without taking forever to cook. Drizzle these bowls with tahini to add a nutty flavor.

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Forbidden Black Rice and Tahini Buddha Bowl [Vegan]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Black Forbidden rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 baby bok choy
  • 1 large broccoli crown
  • 8 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cup Frozen Peas

For The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup raw tahini
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons ponzu
  • 2 green onions
  • Black sesame and Shichimi Togarashi
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Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Separate and chop the broccoli florets, halve the bok choy, and trim the Brussels sprouts.
  3. In a large oven-proof dish swirl the sesame oil and tamari, add the bok choy and the Brussels sprouts, face down. Roast for 20 minutes then remove from the oven, add the peas and cover to keep warm.
  4. Add the rice and water to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and cover. Set timer for 15 minutes.
  5. Once the rice timer chimes, add the broccoli and cook for another 10 minutes. Add a touch of water if needed.

To Make the Dressing:

  1. Whisk together the tahini and hot water until smooth.
  2. Add sesame oil and ponzu. Once the sauce is uniform, separate it out into two small ramekins.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions then sprinkle over the sauce.
  4. Finish with as much black sesame seeds and shichimi togarashi as desired.

To Assemble:

  1. Scoop out a large spoonful of rice into two separate serving bowls.
  2. Arrange roasted and steamed vegetables around the rice
  3. Serve with a ramekin of sauce, or drizzle sauce over top, serve immediately.
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