Buddha Bowls, Abundance Bowls, Vegan Bowls, Acai Bowls, Smoothie Bowls. Arranging stuff in a bowl is THE way to eat at the moment. So it was only a matter of time before there was a Recipe ReDux challenge around ‘bowls’ right?!
The theme for this month is Plant Protein Power Bowls.
Wait! Protein comes from plants?
Yes, you can actually meet your protein needs through plant-based sources like tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans, peas, grains nuts and seeds. So it is a great option for those who choose not to eat animal protein for ethical reasons. It also offers an alternative for people who want to eat less meat for environmental and sustainability reasons. I am sure you have heard of Meat Free Monday?
But rather than go all woo woo with my plant protein bowl and put in unusual and expensive ingredients, I have stuck with plant protein sources that you can easily find in the supermarket.
I also chose ingredients from a ‘diet’ that has an abundance (like what I did there?!) of research supporting its health benefits. The Mediterranean Diet.
The Mediterranean Diet includes lots of vegetables and fruit, olive oil, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, fish and moderate amounts of meat. Research has found it is a great way of eating for heart health, brain health, healthy ageing…you name it, someone has probably studied it in relation to the Mediterranean Diet.
But above all else, it is a delicious way of eating which is what is more important to me when taking a non-diet approach to health.
And that was how the Mediterranean Bowl was born.
The only ingredients that really require preparation ahead of time are the quinoa, grilled zucchini and roasted chickpeas (you can use my recipe). But these can easily be done when you are cooking other meals so that they are ready to assemble in a flash when you want to eat your Mediterranean Bowl.
Stick to the portion sizes listed in the Monash low FODMAP app and this Mediterranean Bowl is also a great low FODMAP meal.Print
Combining the trend of abundance bowls with the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, the Mediterranean Bowl is a delicious vegetarian, low FODMAP meal.
- Cooked quinoa
- Marinated capsicum, chopped
- Grilled zucchini pieces
- Roasted chickpeas
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Assemble all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze some fresh lemon juice over everything.
- Leave arranged artfully, or mix well to enjoy all of the flavours in every mouthful!