These easy buddha bowls are tasty and nutritious. Featuring one of my favourite vegetarian proteins (haloumi) and a creamy avocado dressing. Yum!
Place avocado flesh, yoghurt, 2 tablespoons water, lemon juice and garlic powder in a small food processor or blender. Process until you form a smooth, creamy dressing. Add remaining tablespoon water if you prefer a thinner consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
TOAST NUTS AND SEEDS
Roughly chop almonds. Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium. Add almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Cook, stirring, until toasted (approximately 2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce to coat nuts/seeds (moisture should evaporate). Transfer to a plate and leave to cool.
Dice tomato and cucumber. Roughly chop spinach. Dice haloumi into 1-2cm (0.5in) pieces.
Return pan used to roast nuts/seeds to heat and add oil. Fry haloumi pieces for 1-2 minutes each side, until golden. Remove from heat.
Microwave rice according to instructions on the packet.
Divide spinach, rice, haloumi, tomato and cucumber between serving bowls. Top with a dollop of hummus, a generous drizzle of dressing and a sprinkle of nuts/seeds.
WINE MATCH: A Riesling (a glass of sparkling water is also great!).
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free soy sauce. Make sure hummus is gluten-free.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: If you prefer a meatier option, you can swap the haloumi for 500g / 1lb 2oz diced skinless, boneless chicken thighs or tenderloins (make sure you pan fry until fully cooked).
STORING AND REHEATING: Store these components together: rice and haloumi; tomato, cucumber and spinach. Dressing, hummus and seeds are best stored individually. Keep seeds at room temperature. Rice and haloumi can be reheated in the microwave. Assemble bowls just before serving.
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