Rice or “Buddha” Bowl with Peanut Thai sauce

Rice:Buddha Bowl

To help you and your family with the ‘Pillar of Health: Nutrition’, here is an easy, healthy, and delicious supper or lunch you can make. This is one of our family favourites, a tried and true recipe, that is also great for left overs!

A “Buddha” or Rice Bowl with Peanut Thai sauce! Yummmm….. We would eat just about anything with that sauce on it! We make these fairly often; everyone loves them because we can choose to make them exactly as we want. Don’t like broccoli? Skip it! Want more lettuce, go for it! Being able to customize your own meal is great for anyone but especially children who may only prefer 2-3 ingredients and can learn about the different food groups as they choose. I also love making this for guests when I am unsure of their preferences. The ingredients we use vary each time we make it (except for the sauce, because there is absolutely no reason to change that!), but the general recipe guide we use is as follows. The ingredients featured in the picture are those noted in brackets.

Bowl Recipe
2 cooked veggies (Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts)
2+ raw veggies (cucumbers, lettuce, shredded carrots)
Protein (tofu)
Grain (rice noodles)
Sauce (peanut Thai sauce)

Peanut Thai Sauce
2 large garlic cloves (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil (or 1 Tbsp tahini)
3 Tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter, I’ve made it with almond butter and it tastes almost exactly the same)
2Tbsp grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger)
3Tbsp lime juice
2Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
*blend all ingredients in a blender for best results! We eat this so often that I make 10x the amount and store half in the fridge and half in the freezer. We also use the sauce for fresh rolls, another family favourite!


Author: Danielle Rozon, M.Ed. Registered Psychologist