• 3 months   ago

Active: 20 minutes | Total: 35 minutes
4 to 6 servings

This so-called Buddha bowl - offering a balance of nutrition, flavor and texture - was designed by a classically trained chef who is also a practicing Buddhist. Grain bowls are the ultimate in flexibility; this one combines sweet potatoes, dried figs, tahini and pumpkin seeds.


2 large sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more as needed
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1/2 cup well-stirred tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups cooked quinoa or other grain of your choice, warmed
8 dried figs, sliced
1/2 cup roasted unsalted pumpkin seeds, for garnish
1/4 cup assorted microgreens or sprouts, for garnish

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer to a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake 20 to 30 minutes, until tender.

While the sweet potatoes are baking, cook the edamame: In a small bowl, microwave it on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes until hot. (Alternatively, you can cook it in salted boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes.)
in a small bowl whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, the tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, soy sauce or tamari, ginger, garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Divide the quinoa among serving bowls and top with the sweet potatoes, figs and edamame. Drizzle with the dressing. (You may need only about half of the dressing; refrigerate the rest in an airtight container for up to 5 days.) Garnish with the pumpkin seeds and microgreens, and serve.

Nutrition (based on 6 servings, using half the dressing) | Calories: 480; Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 2.5 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 340 mg; Carbohydrates: 71 g; Dietary Fiber: 11 g; Sugars: 14 g; Protein: 15 g.

Adapted from "The Buddhist Chef" by Jean-Philippe Cyr (Appetite by Random House, 2019).