Learn how to make delicious, easy, and healthy dragon bowls that are loaded with vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein. These are dairy free, gluten free, and can be made plant-based or with chicken or shrimp.
How To Make Healthy Dragon Bowls
Recently my husband and I took a trip to the mountains and stopped in a beautiful mountain town named Canmore for a bite to eat. We went to one of my favourite cafe’s and I ordered a delicious Dragon Bowl. This recipe is inspired by that bowl and will show you how you can easily make your own dragon bowls right at home!
These vegetable loaded bowls are so nourishing, filling, and there’s a lot of variety to how you can make them too!
What is a Dragon Bowl?
Dragon bowls, similar to “buddha bowls“, is essentially a meal-in-a-bowl that consists of a high-quality protein and nutrient dense vegetables over a whole grain base like rice or quinoa, or is sometimes served over roasted sweet potatoes, and a bed of spinach. This delicious combination is topped with a sauce that has an Asian-inspired flare such as a red coconut curry sauce or a tahini-based sauce.
The bowls are then usually topped with fresh garnishes such as sprouts, cilantro, sesame seeds or peanuts.
There’s exact original recipe for a dragon bowl, so there’s a lot of room to play and get creative with this delicious dish.
What is Dragon Sauce made of?
Again, there’s a lot of variety out on the internet for the specific sauce that you put in a dragon bowl. The bowl that I love from my favourite cafe in Canmore actually uses a red curry sauce that has a coconut milk base and that’s my choice sauce for my dragon bowl.
Others often use a mixture of ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, ginger, tahini, or other nut butter, miso paste, sesame oil, and vinegar. Trader Joe’s actually carries a dragon hot sauce, but it doesn’t have the tangy, creamy flare that I believe a good dragon bowl should have and it’s best used in small doses.
Are Dragon Bowls Healthy?
You bet! When it comes to making a dragon bowl, you’ll see there’s a ton (and I mean a ton) of veggies packed into them. I love using a combination of raw and lightly cooked vegetables for a mix of textures, and all colours of the rainbow.
Not only do the vegetables provide ample vitamins and minerals, the grains and sweet potato (if included) bring in fibre and energizing complex carbohydrates, and there’s usually a protein included such as tofu or chickpeas for plant-based, chicken or shrimp!
One thing to note is that dragon bowls can be more caloric, so it’s best to enjoy them earlier in the day and be mindful of overall portion size for your individual needs.
Dragon Bowl Ingredients
To make my easy and healthy dragon bowls you need a lovely array of ingredients that are easy to find, and you likely have many in your kitchen already!
- Extra firm tofu, chicken, or shrimp (your choice!)
- Red cabbage
- Snap peas
- Red bell pepper
- Brown rice (or quinoa)
- Bean sprouts
Dragon Sauce Ingredients
To make my version of a delicious dragon sauce for these healthy bowls you will need:
- Coconut milk
- Peanut butter
- Red curry paste
- Soy sauce (gluten free if needed)
- Sesame oil
- Coconut sugar (or honey)
- Lime juice
Steps To Make the Bowls:
While the ingredients list might seem extensive, don’t be intimidated, I promise these dragon bowls are very easy to whip up and assemble!
**Cook the rice/quinoa ahead of time**
- Prepare the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a bowl, whisk, and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large pan and sauté the tofu, chicken, or shrimp until browned, then transfer to a plate.
- In the same pan, add in the sauce and bring to a simmer.
- Add in the bell pepper, broccoli, and snap peas and simmer for 2 minutes, then add the protein back in.
- Simmer everything for 2-3 more minutes then remove from heat.
- Take 4 large bowls and line each bowl with fresh spinach leaves then top the spinach with the cooked rice or quinoa (make sure it’s warm).
- Ladle the dragon bowl sauce, vegetable, and protein mixture over the rice in each bowl.
- Top with sliced cabbage, shredded carrot, bean sprouts, cilantro, peanuts, and lime.
- Dig in!
Have you had a dragon bowl before? What was in yours? I’d love to hear about it in the comments, and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!
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