A Buddha Bowl is a big bowl of healthy goodness, customizable to include any and all of your favorite wholesome foods. There’s no true universal definition, but many Buddha Bowls are meatless and filled with veggies, grains, and beans, making them perfect for your #MeatlessMonday. (You can add meat if you like.) Buddha Bowls are also a balanced meal in terms of macronutrients, containing proteins, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates.
Ready to get started? Here's how to build your own!
The basic structure of a Buddha Bowl is very straightforward:
1. Select a big bowl from your kitchen. Shallow bowls work best.
2. Add a base layer of greens like spinach, kale, or anything else you’re craving. Some people also like to start with a base layer of grains, like quinoa or rice. It’s up to you.
3. Toss in an assortment of veggies. Bonus points if you fill your Buddha Bowl with in-season produce.
4. Add some beans.
5. Then, pile on your favorite grains, nuts, and seeds.
6. Choose a dressing or sauce if you like.
7. Eat up!
Here’s a basic Buddha Bowl recipe from Oh She Glows to get you started. This one’s vegan.
Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper: Spread the sweet potatoes on one sheet and the chickpeas on the other. Roast for 15 minutes. Flip the sweet potatoes, give the chickpeas a good shake, and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes until the chickpeas are golden and the sweet potatoes are lightly browned and tender.
Now it’s time to assemble! Spread the greens in the bottom of your bowl, followed by the cooked quinoa. Toss in the cooled sweet potatoes and chickpeas next. Add the sliced avocado, as much hummus as you like, shredded veggies, and hemp seeds to finish off your Buddha Bowl.
Look around for inspiration. You’ll quickly notice there’s no single right way to make a Buddha Bowl. Follow different recipes, but don’t be afraid to experiment, either. You probably have the makings for a great Buddha Bowl in your fridge right now.