When I made this for the first time my husband said to me “If this was served at a restaurant I would go back there just for this bowl again and again.” With all of these delicious Asian and Japanese umami flavors and textures, I reckon I’d be gracing the restaurant weekly! Thankfully, you don’t need to go to a restaurant because I want to empower YOU to make these delicious bowls. As an Aussie Chef living in Hong Kong for the past sixteen years, I’ve always felt inspired to create various versions of buddha bowls. This one wins hands down! The reason why it’s such a winner is because of my homemade Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade!
Two things you will notice about this dish that’s a little different from most of my other recipes. One is that it has grain in the form of rice, which I recommend sticking to just ½ a Cup. If you want to go the extra mile and turn your rice into resistance starch III you can do so by cooking your rice ahead of time, completely cooling it then warming it back up again. This changes the molecular structure of the rice making it much more digestible and food for our good gut buddies. It’s super cool science that transforms the rice into more of a slow-release gut-healthy fiber in the body than a fast-release carbohydrate. I prefer to use organic white rice with resistance starch III, but you can use brown, or whatever you prefer. Once in a while, I like to have some rice whether on a sushi date or at home – nothing is ever completely off the table when you thrive!
The second thing that is different is that in this dish I am using 2 tablespoons of a sweetener, organic yacon syrup. This is a Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and is a prebiotic that actually helps to feed our good gut buddies. It’s considerably less sweet than sugar, honey and maple syrup approx <30-50%. With such a small amount used (2 Tbsps) and given that it is a FOS I am fine with it. If you prefer to keep it sugar-free you can opt for Lakanto flavoured maple syrup that is keto, or whatever liquid sweetener you have on hand, or prefer. Enjoy these Buddha bowls loaded with the 5 to thrive including omega-3 essential fatty acids such as DHA and EPA for a brain boost! Pure comfort in the winter and absolutely vibrant and delightful in the summer – We love them year round!