Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

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When I got home from the Bahamas last week, my first meal was this. I wanted to get as many vegetables in as possible in one sitting. And this definitely did the trick. In case you still haven’t heard the term ‘buddha bowl’, it’s usually a vegetarian meal consisting of several different foods, often raw, and sometimes topped with some sort of sauce. The older I get, the more I try to get veggies in at every single meal, no matter what. And this is definitely one of my favorite ways to do it. The raw veggies taste delicious with the hummus, the hemp hearts on top give it a crunch and nutty flavor, and the tahini dressing brings it all together. It’s divine. This recipe should serve 4 people, but my husband and I consumed almost all of it ourselves. You know when this meal would be the best? When you just poisoned your body with alcohol and you’re super hungover. Does a sh*t ton of veggies sound good as a hangover meal? Hell no. But it’s definitely going to help you start thriving again. EAT YOUR VEGGIES. DO IT!

PaleOMG Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

I’ve been home for about 5 minutes and I’m already starting to pack again. Here’s the thing – My husband had a few too many cocktails last time we were in Cabo and got straight up hustled by a timeshare guy. Well, I shouldn’t say hustled, but he sure did get sucked in. And since we go to Cabo usually 3-4 times a year since it’s only a quick direct flight away, I agreed to it. He wanted a spot that we could go back to every time that had amenities we both wanted. So here we are, heading to Cabo in a few short days because we found super cheap flights. That’s pretty much how we do it now – we find the week with the cheapest flights, then we book our place. This whole myhusbanddoesnthaveajobandilovehimsomuchmore thing is pretty much the best when it comes to travel. Now we can head to places whenever since I can work from wherever. I’m really hoping he never gets an office job again. That’s just not going to work with my Cabo goals lifestyle. Or his choice to get a timeshare there. This guy.

PaleOMG Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

PaleOMG Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

And speaking of travel, my girlfriend and I just booked our airbnb houses for Bali. I’ve really taken full advantage of my husband not having a job and I’m trying to keep it that way by booking a trip every month. Rational. So when my friend Jessie Golden booked a retreat out in Bali then decided to stay for a couple months, I asked if my husband and I could join her for a couple weeks. And here’s the thing about Bali – HOLY CRAP IT’S CHEAP!! The flights are a little pricier BUT I’ve flown to Boston and New York for almost the same amount before, which is dumb. But once you’re there, everything is so damn cheap! Even the houses. Full freaking villas are cheap AF. We are staying in these beautiful villas that MUST be owned by drug lords for as much as I’ve stayed in a sketchy basement of a home in Chicago while on book tour. It’s insanity. I now understand why people move there when starting their own business.

PaleOMG Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

And as I’ve been doing only a little research about Bali (we are literally just showing up and going with the flow, no actual set plans), I’ve noticed that most restaurants there are vegan or vegetarian. So that means A LOT of buddha bowls are in my future. And a ton of new recipe inspiration. One of my favorite things about traveling is that I’m constantly getting inspiration for the blog. After last week in the Bahamas, I got so much inspiration for new salad ideas that I’m now messing with in hopes of having a new recipe for you guys! Can’t wait to see what these next couple trips inspire!! Now go eat your veggies!!

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Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

  • Author: juli
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Ingredients

For the hummus

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, steamed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (+ extra for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the cauliflower rice

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 24 ounces cauliflower rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the bowl

  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 english cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/21 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • mint leaves, for garnish

For the tahini dress (optional)

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • juice of 2 lemons (~1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water (this measurement will depend on how much oil is in your tahini – I did not have much oil in mine so I needed extra water)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor (I used a high speed blender), combine the cauliflower, olive oiltahini, turmeric, lemon juice and zest, and cumin and process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste then place in the fridge to cool.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee then add cauliflower rice, garlic powder and salt. Cook for about 15 minutes, tossing to keep the cauliflower rice from browning too much.
  3. While the rice cooks, toss baby kale, olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl bowl and toss. Then chop all veggies. 
  4. If you are making the tahini dressing, place all ingredients for the tahini dressing in the blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Once the cauliflower rice is done, build you bowl – cauliflower rice, baby kale, bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, slice avocado, red onion, olives, and hummus in the middle. Top with hemp hearts and mint leaves, and tahini dressing, if you prefer. Consume. You’re so healthy right now, you veggie eater.

PaleOMG Mediterranean Buddha Bowl


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Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower

Moroccan Carrot Salad

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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14 thoughts on “Mediterranean Buddha Bowl”

  1. I think you are going to love to Bali! We stayed for a month a couple years ago and I could not get over the the the cheap, delicious, and healthy food. I hope you are spending time in Ubub, though not on the beach – it’s truly one of coolest places in the world. Can’t wait for your Balinese-inspired recipes! 🙂

    1. that’s definitely on our list of spots to visit while we are there. we just decided to not stay there since we wanted to be by a beach the entire time

  2. Excited for you to experience Bali! I hope you’re going to be staying in the areas that are more of the real Bali experience. The super developed touristy spots like Kuta are not ideal if you want the culture and quiet. You must take a cooking class while you’re there! I’ve done many and the best one is with this family and it’s called Lobong Culinary Experience – they take you to a real locals market to show you all the ingredients they buy to make the amazing food (btw the food is out of this world!) be prepared, the raw animal meats are displayed complete with the flies buzzing around. I spent 10 yrs designing clothing there and loved it. It’s super cheap because cost of living is low (so no it’s not because drug lords own the villas most villas are owned by expats living there I have friends that have 4 different houses they rent out.) Local Balinese people are wonderful and so friendly!

    1. we are staying on the beach in Uluwatu and Canggu! super excited for both spots. i definitely want to do a cooking class while I’m there! thanks for sharing your own experience there!

  3. That tahini dressing is the bomb. I am going to use that on other salads! my hummus came out really bitter though–any idea why?

  4. I made meal prepped this for this work rotation. OMG it is delicious! I did use store bought hummus instead of cauliflower and added roasted chicken but man is it good. I am so excited that I have 3 more prepped for this week. This will definitely be going into my rotation of recipes. Thank you!

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  5. This looks amazing! I’m going to try to do this recipe! And wow you are an experienced traveler! What travel destination would you recommend to spend a 40th birthday?

    1. oh man, if covid wasn’t part of the equation I would say france, new zealand, or saint martin and saint barths – it just depends on your vibe!

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