Sunday Supper: Buddha Bowls

All right, first you’ve got to check out this post on the blog, Living Lagom. This is a new blog by a young minimalist named Sandra. Her practical ideas and insights are great, and I actually ended up reading every post she’s written so far. I think it’s safe to say I have a new addiction!

So I’m stealing her Buddha Bowl idea.

This is what I call a “clean out the fridge” recipe. I am a bug fan if these, because they keep those little bits of leftovers from going to waste. In doing this, they have the potential to save a great deal of money. (Some of my other “clean out the fridge” recipes include quiche, , tomato soup, and a pasta dish.

So, here are some yummy Buddha bowls that we have made this week.

First, the “bean dip bowl”. We started with brown rice, topped it with very well-cooked great northern beans, then salsa, shredded brick cheese, then ranch dressing. You could also add some salad greens on top to make it more taco-like. (I don’t think Rob and the Bean are ready to eat bowls with greens on top yet…baby steps!). This tasted just like the bean dip I make.

For a yummy summer dinner, put the leftover rice (or some whole grain noodles) in the fridge. Then use a bit of those, more great northerns, a chopped tomato, Parmesan cheese, dried cherries, and some Catalina dressing.

We also discovered Beanie’s favorite bowl. Start with noodles, add some beans, and add some tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and shredded brick cheese. Top with a bit of ranch dressing.

For some nice summer kitchen simplicity (and easy meal planning), cook up some rice, pasta, and beans and keep them in the fridge. Then, buy lots of veggies, dressings (be sure to avoid HFCS), greens, etc. You’ll be ready to whip up a quick meal anytime!

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