Meal prep has been life changing for me. It requires a little time between meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking.....but all the time is worth it, especially when it helps you achieve a healthier lifestyle or enables you to stick to your food-related goals.
A buddha bowl is wonderful for meal prep. You can make everything one evening, then pack it in individual containers and reheat throughout the week for lunch.
Hope you love this Buddha Bowl as much as I did. xoxo.
>> For the Roasted Veggies:
1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
2 medium to large sweet potatoes, diced into small cubes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)
Salt and pepper
>> For the Mango Coconut Rice:
2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond coconut milk (from the carton)
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 large ripe mango, diced
>> For the Almond Butter Dressing:
1/4 cup natural creamy almond butter
3-4 tablespoons fresh orange juice, to thin
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (or melted coconut oil or olive oil)
To make the brown rice: Place a medium pot over medium high heat and add in coconut oil and brown rice. Toast rice with the coconut oil for 5 minutes; stirring frequently to toast the rice and infused the coconut oil flavor in. After 5 minutes add in water and coconut milk and bring mixture to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove heat, stir with a fork and fluff rice, then recover and let stand for 10 more minutes. Once done, stir in mango and season with a little bit of salt.
While the rice is cooking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper OR generously grease with olive oil. Set aside.
Place diced sweet potatoes in a bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes to help pre-cook them.
Place broccoli florets, sweet potato cubes minced garlic on baking sheet. Drizzle sesame oil over the top of the veggies and toss to combine. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, stirring veggies & potatoes halfway through.
While the veggies roast: make the dressing by whisking together almond butter, orange juice, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and sesame oil. Taste and adjust as you see fit.
Enjoy my people!
Recipe Source: Ambitious Kitchen