New American Plate Challenge

Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Weekly Recipe
Serves 4

This bowl combines the star nutrition power of whole grain sorghum and beans with cool green veggies, such as arugula, avocados, cucumbers, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, it’s topped with a house-made, plant-based Green Goddess Dressing that is as tasty as it is pretty.

Recipe adapted from Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.


  • 2 Cups
    cooked, whole-grain sorghum, cooled
  • 15.5 Ounces
    can white beans (i.e., Great Northern, cannellini)
  • 1
    bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed, sliced
  • 4 Cups
    packed baby arugula leaves
  • 1
    medium avocado, sliced
  • 1
    medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup
    pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon
    plain, unsweetened plant-based milk (i.e., soy, almond, coconut)
  • 1/4
    ripe large avocado, peeled, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup
    diced cucumber, with peel
  • 3 Tablespoons
    fresh chopped herbs (i.e., dill, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme, cilantro)
  • 1
    stalk green onion, white and green parts, diced
  • 1
    small garlic clove
  • 2 Tablespoons
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed


  1. Cook whole grain sorghum to make 2 cups, according to package directions, and cool, draining any remaining liquid.

  2. Rinse and drain white beans and set aside.

  3. Blanch asparagus by cooking it in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, until tender, but bright green; set aside.

  4. Arrange 1 cup arugula leaves at the bottom of each large, individual serving bowl (4).

  5. Arrange over the arugula leaves in each bowl (4):
    ¼ of the white beans (about ½ cup)
    ½ cup cooked, cooled sorghum
    ¼ sliced avocado
    ¼ of the cucumber slices (about ½ cup)
    ¼ of the blanched, cooled asparagus
    A dollop (about 2 tablespoons) of Green Goddess Dressing (see below)
    Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  6. To make Green Goddess Dressing: Place unsweetened plant-based milk, 1/4 ripe avocado, 1/4 cup diced cucumber, chopped herbs, green onion, garlic clove, pepper and lemon juice into the container of a small blender and process until smooth.

Nutrition: Per Buddha bowl: 372 calories, 8 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrate, 17 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 17.5 g protein Per 2 Tbsp. Green Goddess Dressing: 21 calories, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.5 g protein


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