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Sweet & Sour Buddha Bowl

July 14, 2017

I hope you have experimented with making your own sauerkraut. If you have, CONGRATS! It's all ready to eat by now. Feel that? It's pride and the few extra dollars you saved by making your own at home. 

 

 

Don't forget to share your creation. Post a photo on our Facebook page or Instagram with #AndraEatsSauerkraut.

 

Now it's time for the real magic to happen. Let's introduce those microorganisms, those probiotics,  into our gut. Ew... kinda sounds gross. But humans are gross when your realllllly think about it. 

 

I know what you are thinking. What can I use my sauerkraut on? I am so glad you asked. Meet the Sweet & Sour Buddha Bowl. Filled with sweet potatoes, contrasted by the sour-kraut, these bowls will fill you up and keep your nutrient tank full until next meal. 

 

A buddha bowl is a meal in a bowl, designed to be balanced in nutrition and easy to prepare and customize. It you haven't already, check out Buddhalicious. The masterminds there specialize in meal planning and preparation and have amazing buddha bowl meal plans. Credit for this recipe goes straight to Jenné and Isabelle. #Winning 

 

Be real with yourself. You are going to have a busy week, you are going to want to do ZERO work when you get home. Do yourself a favor and optimize on your energy. Prepare and cook once and eat it at least twice... at least. 

- Andra

 

SWEET & SOUR BUDDHA BOWL

1⁄2 cup cooked brown rice
1⁄2 cup black beans (drained and rinsed) or lentils

1⁄2 cup sweet potato
1⁄2-1 cup spinach
1⁄4-1⁄2 avocado, scored and scooped out
1⁄4 cup homemade sauerkraut 
red chili flakes
1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)

 

Make-Ahead Preparation:

  1. Peel and cube sweet potato, toss in oil and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes. If you prefer to avoid the oven, you can also steam the potatoes until tender. A typical sweet potato will cube up to be about 1 cup. Since roasting takes a while, I like to roast 2-3 sweet potatoes at once to save time later in the week. 

  2. Cook brown rice,  1 cup of dry makes 2 cups of cooked rice. Which is enough to make 4 servings. Tip: want your rice to cook faster? Soak it in water during the day or overnight before you boil it. 

  3. Black beans are easy to prepare in the crockpot. Soak beans in water overnight and cook in a crockpot on low with fresh water. If when you come home they still aren't tender, blast them on high for another hour.  For measurements, 1 pound dry equals about 6 cups cooked. Or 1/2 cup dry equals about 1 1/2 cups cooked. As long as your are making them, make a whole pound and store the rest in the freezer. 

To Eat:

  1. Get your favorite bowl

  2. If you like, warm the ingredients before serving.

  3. Start with spinach, or other convenient green, layer with rice, beans, potato, avocado and your homemade sauerkraut.

  4. Sprinkle with chili flakes or fennel seeds if desired. 

  5. Mix it all up and devour. 

 

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