Nourishing, healthy and full of flavor. This Buddha Bowl has it all!
A Buddha Bowl is defined by the urban dictionary as a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha. So with that knowledge, I packed mine full of hearty veggie goodness, healthy, gluten free and protein packed quinoa and I infused it with familiar flavors like cumin, cilantro and lime. Simple, nutritious, delicious and with a Mexican flair! Yum!
Mexican Buddha Bowl of Cumin Scented Roasted Vegetables and Fluffy Cilantro Lime Quinoa
I wanted to keep the ingredients to a minimum and the process as simple as possible. Roasted vegetables, quinoa and a couple of toppings. Must have toppings!
I roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes and red onions. Roasting helps keep the nutrients in your vegetables. This cooking method draws out the natural sweetness of the vegetable so you end up with a tender, flavor concentrated and caramelized piece of goodness. This is truly my favorite way to cook veggies!
Then there’s the quinoa! Did you know most quinoa come from Peru?
Quinoa is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It’s nutritious, gluten free, full of vitamins and minerals ~ a very filling super food!
I usually cook my quinoa in broth instead of water just to impart more flavor. You can use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian or use homemade chicken stock.
To top it all off, I added some crumbly cotija cheese and avocado. If you cannot find cotija cheese, use queso fresco or Feta Cheese. Feel free to squeeze some extra lime juice on top (I did) and enjoy!