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How to build a Buddha Bowl

If you think plant-based eating is eating salad from the salad bar without dressing, then let me enlighten you to the Buddha Bowl.

Eating a Buddha Bowl is a visual experience full of textures and taste notes, followed by happy human sounds that escape the lips while chewing. Some builders call these zen delights Nom Bowls, Yum Bowls, Power Bowls, Protein Bowls, but no matter what the label you finish feeling satisfied and zen. As an added bonus it is like taking a multi-vitamin.

There are many ways to build a Buddha Bowl. Twenty percent this, thirty percent that, but I like to keep it simple and use whatever is in the fridge! There are typically 6 elements: Starch, Grain, Veg, Fruit, Fat, and Fermented.
Think Heighten and Add

Base of the bowl

Fresh Greens

Baby Spinach
Baby Kale
Watercress
Romaine Lettuce
Collard Greens
Cabbage

Grains

Rice – Brown, Black, Mexican
Buckwheat
Quinoa – Tri-color, Red
Oats

Plant Proteins

Garbanzo/Chickpeas
Beans – Black, Butter, Cannellini, Kidney, Pinto, Navy, White Northern….
Lentils – Red, Green
Edamame

Vegetables

Sweet Potatoes
Yams
Potatoes – Yukon Gold, Purple, Red, Russet….
Broccoli
Zucchini
Corn
Peppers – Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Jalapeno
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Onions – Green, Red, Yellow
Tomatoes

Fruits

Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries
Orange slices
Mango
Pineapple
Apple
Kiwi
Pineapple
Grapes – Red, Green, Purple

Healthy Fats, Nuts, & Seeds

Avocado
Tahini
Walnuts
Almonds
Sesame seeds – Black and White
Chia Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
100% Nut Butters- Peanut, Cashew, Almond

Fermented, Pickled, and Vinegar based delights

Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Pickled Beets
Pickled Onions
Cucumbers soaked in vinegar

Zen Toppers

Walnut Sauce
Valentina Sauce (Mexican Hot Sauce)
Sweet~N~Sassy Mango Dressing
Lime Juice
Your favorite Salsa!

Okay, so if Buddha was on a beach in Mexico what would he eat?
Think heighten and add! Beginning with something from each list above the ingredient list might look something like this:
Romaine – base
Mexican Rice
Mango
Tomatoes
Green Onions
Black Beans
Avocado
Smokey Chipotle Red Pepper Hummus
Lime Juice
Valentina Sauce

Here is a photo of The Big Red Buddha – look for it in the Recipe Index.

Don’t worry if you are not quite zen with how to build, the possibilities are endless and you will be making those nom, nom, nom noises soon.

 

Thank you for stopping by,

Tamara

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Tamara A. Rager

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