8 Minute Meals: Southwestern Vegan Buddha Bowl

(WTNH) — February is American Heart Month. Certified health and wellness coaches Christina Yaworowski and Drew Lewis from Active Wellness LLC make a heart healthy Southwestern Vegan Buddha Bowl.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of dry quinoa
1 cup of black beans
2 cups of organic baby spinach
3/4 cup of cut cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup of bell pepper (orange or yellow)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 limes
1/4 cup of cilantro
1/2 jalapeno
2 cloves of garlic
1 pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 glasses of lemon water
Serves 2
627 calories per serving

Directions:

Step One:
Become mindful of creating a quick heart healthy meal. We suggest having all of the ingredients prepared ahead of time for quick assembly of your Buddha Bowl.

Step Two:
Begin by rinsing the quinoa then add one cup of water to each 1/2 cup of quinoa. In a sauce pan bring the water and quinoa to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork.
Step Three:
Prepare the Lime Cilantro Dressing by placing the lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and olive oil in blender. Blend until smooth. Make up to three days ahead of time.

Step Four: Wash and chop your fresh vegetables. Buddha Bowls can also include roasted or sautéed vegetables.
Step Five: Drain and rinse your beans.
Step Six: Assemble your bowl by layering each ingredient.

Step Seven: Place chia seeds, avocado and lime cilantro dressing over your bowl. Add a pinch of salt if desired.

Step Eight: Divide up the meal into two portions. Enjoy with a glass of lemon water. Eat mindfully and savor each bite free from distractions.

For more information, visit ActiveWellnessFitness.com.

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