Lately, my entire Pinterest feed has turned into one continuous love letter to the gloriousness that is a Buddha Bowl. I’ve been hearing this term used more and more in wellness circles, but it’s taken me awhile to join the “Buddha Bowl Bandwagon.” Well, until last weekend anyway.
On a random Saturday night, the fiancé and I were embroiled in our usual debate: should we make dinner reservations, grab some take-out, or just raid the fridge? Laziness won out (’cause my spirit animal is a 65-year-old in threadbare sweats who calls “lights out” before 10pm), so we settled on Option #3. Then, inspiration struck—Hey…I’ll make one of those Buddha Bowl things!
So, through trial-and-error, I debunked the basic formula and concocted my own variation. And now that I’ve graduated from Buddha Bowl virgin to Buddha Bowl addict, I’m passing this formula along to you.
(WARNING: contents might cause obsession!)
1. Building Blocks—What Components Will You Need?
- The Base: choose a whole grain like quinoa, brown rice, bulgur, wheatberry or farro.
- The Greens: choose leafy greens like spinach, kale, arugula, chard or watercress.
- The Protein: choose a plant-based protein like chickpeas, almonds, beans, tempeh or tofu.
- The Extras: choose veggies like sweet potato, broccoli, asparagus, carrots or avocado (okay…not a veggie, but still delish).
- The Dressing: choose a sauce like the flavor bomb pictured above. Wanna make it? Then, stay tuned…
2. Assembly Required—How Do You Put It All Together?
- The First Layer: cook the whole grains according to their package instructions, then spread onto the bottom of your bowl.
- The Second Layer: arrange a handful of leafy greens over the whole grain base.
- The Third Layer: oven roast the protein source (or, leave raw if desired and safe to consume), then arrange over the leafy greens.
- The Fourth Layer: steam the veggies until tender, then arrange over the leafy greens.
- The Top Layer: drizzle the sauce to evenly coat the veggies. Oh, and here’s that recipe I hinted at earlier…blend together 1 red pepper, 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. turmeric, 1/4 tsp. coriander and 1/4 tsp. cumin. Viola!
Alrighty. That’s the gameplan, people. So, welcome aboard that Buddha Bowl Bandwagon—where dinnertime dilemmas have met their match!