I first heard of “Buddha Bowls” from Green Kitchen Stories, one of my favourite food blogs.
A filling salad of fresh veggies and perfectly cooked quinoa, topped with a poached egg, not only is this easy healthy recipe a quick lunch option, it is guaranteed to put some sunshine in your day!
Now, David and Luise’s version contained sauerkraut, tahini, different veggies, and sesame seeds, which would be delicious. I rarely have sauerkraut at home (though I want to get better about including more fermented foods into my diet) so my salad represents what I typically have at home.
Top it with seeds, or your favourite oil or dressing, experiment with a bit of sauerkraut, different proteins, possibly some nuts. This is a salad that you can really have fun with and incorporate your favourite flavours into, enjoying different combinations of salad ingredients with the same delicious results throughout the week.
This is the wonderful thing about Sunshine Bowls for me: you can use whatever you have on hand. For me, as long as it has plenty of greens, a bit of quinoa, and a hot & fresh egg, I’m happy.
More than happy.
Knowing how to poach and egg and cook quinoa are essential to a great sunshine bowl.
How to Perfectly Cook Quinoa
- Boil the water first – this makes sure that the grains don’t spend too much time cooking or absorbing water
- Immediately turn the heat to simmer and cover once grains are added
- Do not stir! It seems counter-intuitive, but just let the grains do their thing — they will not burn if you added enough water, turned the heat down, and take them off at the right time
- Avoid lifting the cover to check on the quinoa – this releases steam, and thus the water that the quinoa is cooking in, which can result in your quinoa not fully cooking
- Take off the heat to finish cooking – the water, the quinoa, and the cooking pot will still be hot enough to finish cooking the grains without risking it burning. I generally take 1 cup of uncooked quinoa off of the heat after 12-15 minutes.
How to Poach an Egg
- Add a small amount of vinegar to a pot of boiling water – at least one tablespoon for 2 cups of water.
- Crack each egg into a small bowl, tip the bottom of the bowl into the pot, and gently roll the egg out of the bowl into the water.
- After the egg has started to cook a bit, stir the water to cover the egg yolk with the white. (This is a technique I’m still working on.)
- Remove the egg and drain excess water by briefly placing on a piece of paper towel.
- If presentation is important, cut off any “wispy” egg bits.