Sweet Pea Crunch Salad
A crunchy green salad to celebrate the arrival of spring! Serve it with protein if you like, but it's a fresh meal all on its own!
I think there are two ways to look at what has become known as a “Buddha Bowl” …
I am on Team #2. After all, who decided that a dinner should be a piece of meat, two sides and a starch? The FDA? Lobbyists for big CAFOs? I am so not here for that! And you guys know my feelings about meat… it’s simply not required, full stop.
This is my favorite kind of dinner to have after coming home from the gym. You’ve got enough carbs to make you feel like you won’t kill someone, but they aren’t the only filling part of the meal. Tons of fiber from piles of plant goodies. And protein like whoa from seared tofu and healthy fat from avocado. Really, all that’s missing is a beer (to replace electrolytes, right???)
Also, you may notice the absence of a sauce in the photo… I am all for a drizzle of sriracha, but I don’t always use sauce outside of that and some high quality extra virgin olive oil. Once again, just not necessary! But if you feel differently, I also think sriracha mayo or yogurt is generally a good idea.
I have been going to Knot Springs, the greatest gym of all time as far as I am concerned, and it has been so great to be back in the habit of being in a class, getting a great workout 3 days per week. Truly a Life Upgrade – and a little structure to my week doesn’t hurt either. I feel like I’m back on track with my fitness – and that makes me want to get back on track with my healthy meals, too!
I think you’ll be seeing more of these high-protein, mostly vegetarian meals from me in the coming months. I don’t count calories, and I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m just trying to be as healthy as I can. For me that means low nonfish meat consumption, lots of healthy fats and keeping desserts to a “sometimes food” as my pal Cookie Monster would say (but it’s the holidays practically, so I’m not going to be super strict about things). Hopefully it also means dodging winter colds, having plenty of energy even when the sun goes down at 4 p.m. and overall feeling great.