Friday, September 29, 2017

Dragon Bowl!


With so many people looking for good food made fast, dragon bowls are a one-stop shop.  Also called Super bowls or Buddha bowls, the typical all-in-one meal is packed with healthy, diverse and colorful foods, both raw and cooked. The final touch is a generous drizzle of an addictive dressing that features Asian overtones. The dressing often includes ginger, garlic, and Sriracha. Other flavor choices may be tamari, tahini or wasabi.

Make Prep Fast
Pre-cooking grains and roasting vegetables ahead of time can help you assemble your bowl quickly. Bake tofu or chicken the night before. You can even whirl the dressing together and store in the frig for a week or so.

On the Run
If you're dashing out to a soccer game or packing your lunch for work the next day, place vinaigrette at the bottom of a large container that has a snug seal. Layer on the various ingredients. When you are ready to eat, turn the container over, give it a few shakes and you have a delicious, nutritious meal that will make your appetite come alive.

DRAGON BOWL BASICS

Base of fresh greens: kale, spring mix, spinach

Grains or Noodles: quinoa, brown rice, ramen

Vegetables: cooked or uncooked carrots, squash, onions, cabbage, avocado

Protein: Hard-boiled eggs, legumes (like lentils), tofu, chicken

Toppings: nuts, dried fruits, chia or sesame or sunflower seeds, sprouts, herbs

Dressing: Flavors from Asian cuisine - ginger, soy, peanut sauce, etc.

Try this dressing or check on-line for another recipe that appeals to you.

1/2 cup rice or apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp crushed garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup soy or tamari sauce
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped scallions
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp plum sauce or mango chutney
1/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil

Combine all ingredients except olive or grapeseed oil. Blend well in food
processor. Slowly drizzle oil in a thin stream until all is incorporated and mixture is well blended.

  
Dragon bowls are easy on your budget and help you stay away from the temptations of fast food. 

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Dragon Bowl

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