Have you guys heard of Buddha Bowls? They are literally the easiest dinner, and will satisfy EVERYONE around the table, because they can choose what goes on them. We have made these for years and called them refrigerator bowls, because we just pull everything out of the fridge and pile them up. You just need a few basics on hand that you can pick up at your local Kroger. Grab some Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and then you can flavor it however you would like (but they are delicious on their own too). Then be sure to have a selection of delicious dressings like this Wish–Bone EVOO Garlic and Basil Dressing.
Okay friends, I have a confession to make. This last year was not a healthy one for me. I hurt my foot while working out over a year ago. Instead of taking care of it, I let it be an excuse to eat like garbage and feel sorry for myself. There were too many days that I ate candy bars for breakfast to count. If you’ve followed along for awhile, you know that is not who I like to be. I LOVE working out, eating healthy foods and being an active participant in my own life. This was just not the year for that.
Last week I went to the doctor for my annual checkup. Cue the horror music. I stepped on the scale knowing it was going to be bad, I just didn’t realize how bad. Not only do I weigh more than I ever did when I was 9 months pregnant, my cholesterol is all out of whack and I am just plain unhealthy. I looked at my doctor and then hung my head in shame. I know better.
My doctor told me I needed to start making more dinners at home that had protein and veggies and heart healthy fats. This is where the Buddha bowl comes in. I am so busy all the time these days, that if I don’t have a dinner I can throw together in minutes, it’s going to be take-out, cold cereal or leftover holiday candy. With Buddha Bowls, you can prep a bunch of stuff and then eat it all week for lunches and dinners, and always make it a little different!
When I cook, we always have leftovers. My kids are bird eaters, and I am trying to keep my portions smaller. I HATE letting leftovers go to waste. If I have a bunch of veggies cut up and ready to throw over a bowl of rice with some delicious chicken and dressing, then I will definitely go for that over the candy bar any day. It just makes eating healthier easier if you have all the ingredients there ready to go.
One of my kids favorite thing to do is to heat up a TortillaLand tortilla and then put all the ingredients into a wrap for lunches. I love seeing my kids eat better and not complain when dinner isn’t covered in maple syrup! (Are my kids the only ones who beg for pancakes and waffles 7 nights a week?)
You know what else is fun about a Buddha bowl? Eating them with chopsticks! Anytime we can eat our dinner with chopsticks we will, my kids all have the helpers that you put on the sticks, but are getting more adept at using them since we do it so much. It’s fun to see them learn this fun skill.