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!
What You'll Need
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
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
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
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.