EASY-PEASY BUDDHA BOWL: How To Make A Nutritious Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowl, hippie bowl, sunshine bowl, glory bowl, power bowl, and grain bowl. No matter what you call it, these dishes have one thing in common: delicious, healthy goodness.

There are five steps to constructing a Buddha bowl, but they are very loose steps, easily tailored to your taste buds. The best part about a well-constructed Buddha bowl is that it’s easy to make and will fill you up on health-revving nutrients and vitamins.

 

Take these five steps to make your very own Buddha Bowl:

1) Explore Those Ancient Grains

Steamed brown or white rice is fine and dandy, but also consider making the foundation for your creation with quinoa, farro, freekeh, kamut, millet, sorghum or amaranth. Use one or a combo of a couple of them.

2) Go for Protein Power

Keep it lean with any kind of cooked bean (garbanzos, kidney, pinto) or legumes such as curried lentils and add half a hard-cooked egg, spicy baked tofu or tempeh. Go easy on portion size. There's more stuff to come. Season this element with a little salt and pepper.

3) Add Crunch

Raw vegetables including cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, sliced bell peppers, shaved cabbage, shredded carrots, spinach, and arugula add color and crunch. Roasted beets, sauteed mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, and steamed broccoli can make your bowl feel more substantial. Again, don't go overboard. Use a few raw and maybe one cooked veg for contrasting textures.

4) Dress it Up

A homemade citrusy tahini dressing is the classic way to splash some bright flavor across your creation, but it's absolutely acceptable to use your favorite vinaigrette or experiment with some other sauces.

5) The Big Finish

Once the Bowl is built and dressed, it's ready for a final flourish: Some crumbled cheese, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, microgreens, chopped peanuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, sesame seeds, maybe some flax seeds. Go for one or two, but don't overload. The goal is to be able to admire all the components. Looks pretty yummy, right?

 

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