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
Rice – Brown, Black, Mexican
Quinoa – Tri-color, Red
Beans – Black, Butter, Cannellini, Kidney, Pinto, Navy, White Northern….
Lentils – Red, Green
Potatoes – Yukon Gold, Purple, Red, Russet….
Peppers – Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Jalapeno
Onions – Green, Red, Yellow
Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries
Grapes – Red, Green, Purple
Healthy Fats, Nuts, & Seeds
Sesame seeds – Black and White
100% Nut Butters- Peanut, Cashew, Almond
Fermented, Pickled, and Vinegar based delights
Cucumbers soaked in vinegar
Valentina Sauce (Mexican Hot Sauce)
Sweet~N~Sassy Mango Dressing
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
Smokey Chipotle Red Pepper Hummus
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,
TamaraPlease Share The Urban Herbivore