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Welcome summer with a buddha bowl

Buddha bowls are nourishing, healthy bowls of goodness that make a meal in minutes. They are especially welcome in the summer when you can serve them cold as a main dish for lunch or dinner. They consist of a starch, like rice or quinoa, layered with fresh vegetables, tofu or fish, and topped with a spicy sauce. Nuts and seeds can also be added.

They are a great way to use leftovers, too and can be combined in many ways with various flavor combinations. The key is to use ingredients that pair well with each other. In the following recipe, Mediterranean flavors are combined with grilled tofu and garlicky tahini sauce.

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

Ingredients: Cooked rice Tomatoes, chopped Cucumbers, chopped Corn, cooked, off the cob Grilled Tofu Basil, shredded Lemon wedges

For tahini sauce: 2 garlic cloves 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste 1/2 cup well-stirred tahini 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Preparation: Combine tahini ingredients in a bullet blender until smooth. To serve, put a scoop of rice in bottom of each bowl, top with other ingredients, and drizzle tahini sauce over all.