Greek-Style Buddha Bowl

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This Greek-style Buddha bowl is a fab mix of grilled veggies, avocado, a spinach cucumber, tomatoes, pickled onion salad and Souvlaki chicken for a really healthy and balanced meal in one bowl. In this chicken-veggie kebab recipe, the meat is marinated in a lemony olive oil mixture, much like traditional Souvlaki. Enjoy this recipe with hummus, cucumber and a red pepper for a really colorful and nutritious meal.

I love Buddha Bowls because, like salads, you can customize them to your liking for a delicious and nutritious meal. Here's what you'll need to build a balanced bowl every time:

1. LEAFY GREENS: Begin with a bed of greens like arugula, baby kale, romaine, spinach, mixed greens, red or green leaf lettuce

2. VEGGIES: Add as much raw veggies as you want. Some of my favorites are: cucumbers, shredded carrots, red cabbage, peppers, sprouts, shredded beets, radishes, tomatoes, scallions, onions, broccoli

3. FATS, CARBS AND PROTEIN:  Choose 1-2 of each from the following categories:

Healthy Fat – avocado, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, olive oil, hummus, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds

Protein – chickpeas, black beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts, edamame, white beans, kidney beans, (non-vegan version: hard-boiled eggs, chicken, fish)

Complex Carbohydrates – quinoa, brown rice, roasted sweet potatoes, farro, barley

4. Optional Add-Ins: I like to add roasted vegetables especially in the winter for added warmth and satiety. And, in the Summer, grilling my veggies are a must!

greek buddha bowl

Greek-Style Buddha Bowl

(Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Paleo, Whole30)


What You'll Need

Souvlaki Marinade
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Sea salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Skewers
4 chicken breast, tenderized and cut into 1" cubes
2 medium purple onions, cut into 1" pieces
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1" 
1 pineapple, cubed and cut into 2" 
4 zucchini, cut into 1" rounds
pieces skewers

Salad
4 medium Persian or English cucumbers, diced
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pickled red onion
Fresh dill, chopped
Juice from 2 lemons
Sea salt, to taste
2 avocados

What You'll Need To Know

In a large glass bowl, Souvlaki Marinade ingredients; add chicken, and veggies, and stir to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken, peppers, zucchini, pineapple, and onions onto skewers.

Lightly oil grate. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or to desired doneness, turning skewers frequently for even cooking.

While the skewers are grilling or marinating, mix together in a large bowl all of the salad ingredients, with the exception of the avocado.

Plate and top with 1/4 sliced avocado on each.

Recipe makes 8 servings.

 

Souvlaki Quesadilla

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So, what happens when your mix Turkish/Greek and Mexican food? This! It’s like a Souvlaki Quesadilla! And, it was a total accident. A delicious accident. I was looking for a gluten-free pita bread recipe, but all of them involved hours of prep, several types of flour, xantham gum, etc. It seemed a little much for a small craving. I’m all about simplicity and minimal ingredients. And, I also can’t bake to save my life!

Well, let me tell you something… this is hands down the best accident! Grilled skewered chicken, homemade Tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and feta all wrapped up in an organic corn tortilla. It's a perfect, quick weekday dinner or lunch leftovers.

What You'll Need

1 1/2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
4 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. dried Oregano
1/2 Tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 to 8 wooden grilling skewers, soaked in water.
8 round organic corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups a romaine lettuce sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup chopped jalapeño pepper
kalamata olives for garnish
Tzatziki Sauce

What You'll Need To Know

1. Preheat your grill on high.*

2. Mix your Balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken cubes in a lidded container. Cover, shake and marinade in the refrigerator overnight or at least 1 hour.

3. Remove chicken from the marinade and push onto skewers. Discard the remaining marinade.

4. Cook your chicken on a lightly oiled grill about 8 minutes per side.

5. Brush both sides of organic corn tortilla's with olive oil and season with more dried oregano, garlic salt, onion powder, white pepper/black pepper and salt mixture. Grill both sides until lightly browned.

6. Assemble sandwiches using two grilled tortillas each. Arrange chicken, lettuce, onion, tomato, and jalapeño peppers on tortillas. Drizzle with Tzatziki Sauce, cut into halves for serving and garnish with olives.

* Don't have a grill? No problem! Pre heat oven to 425F and cool for 20-25min or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

Recipe makes 4.