If you’re not familiar with the Buddha Bowl, let me introduce you to a mash-up of flavoursome vegetarian delights and all-round good vibes.
I’m obsessed with Buddha bowls for a variety of reasons. I’m someone who becomes bored of things really quickly, so sticking to eating the same bland, health foods isn’t something I ever found easy. And then I discovered Buddha bowls. They changed everything for me.
So what exactly do you put in a Buddha Bowl? “Buddha bowls, sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are
hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies,
beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Sometimes they also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavor.” (source)
Every night I change up what I add to my Buddha bowl. Sometimes it’s left overs, drizzled with a new sauce to spice things up, or sometimes I try roasting different veggies together (roasted chickpeas + tanini dressing = everything) to try new textures.
Buddha bowls are packed with so much nutritional goodness that they keep you satisfied for hours, without feeling heavy, making them ideal for people trying to lose weight. I used to HATE literally any kind of vegetable, but Buddha bowls have given me a way to ‘dress them up’ & eventually, I became acquired to the taste. Now I love vegetables (can’t believe I just said that) but more importantly, I love how they make my body feel.
Here’s some steps from Mind Body Green on how to create your own Buddha Bowl:
1. Find a unique, large sized bowl which you can become accustomed to as a symbol of nourishment and
gratitude, and perhaps a pair of chopsticks to complete the “mood.”
2. First, use an abundance of raw organic greens to fill the majority of the bowl. My favorites are kale, arugula and watercress, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
3. Next, add in as many raw or steamed veggies as you like or have available. Mixing textures and variations in taste can be an enjoyable and relaxing creative process: crunchy, sweet, bitter, juicy …
4. Now it’s time for protein — I like to keep it light in the evening, so I add only 25% of a protein-grain combo, and usually choose beans like garbanzo, black or kidney, and grains such as quinoa or brown rice. Other delicious proteins could be walnuts, pumpkin seeds or ultra-nutritious chia seeds.
Dressing your Buddha Bowl:
This final touch is the best part and can be as varied as a flower arrangement. Drizzle your favorite olive oil and vinegar, or splash tamari or Braggs and lemon juice, add finely chop garlic, scallions, mild or hot peppers, sprinkle sea salt, nutritional yeast, or cayenne … discover what feels nourishing to your body, concentrate on tingling your taste buds! And of course, remember to enjoy with gratitude!
… & of course, I couldn’t possibly leave you guys without sharing some of my favourite Buddha Bowl recipes. You can thank me later.
1. Sweet Potato Chickpea & Tahini Buddha Bowl by Minimalist Baker
2. Vegan Quinoa Power Bowl with Avocado Sauce by Avocado Pesto
3. Super food bowl by The Vintage Mix
4. Spicy BBQ Chickpea & Crispy Polenta Bowl with Hummus by Half Baked Harvest
5. The Big Vegan Bowl by Oh She Glows
6. Green Goddess Glow Bowl by The Glowing Fridge
What are your thoughts on Buddha bowls? Ever tried them? Would you try them?