This idea is one of the very best that I have found and brought back from my trips the USA. This way of eating has found a very regular place at our table!
What exactly is a ‘Bhudda Bowl’? This post is really more of of ‘how to’ rather than a recipe…if you give it a go I would be amazed if the concept didn’t creep into your repertoire! Best of all, because this kind of meal is so versatile it’s incredibly easy to whip one up (or 4, for that matter!) and you can tailor it to seasonal ingredients (and the seasons – it’s summer at the minute, apparently!).
The best recipes are the ones that have room for customization and inspire me to experiment. Yes, with baking, sticking to a recipe is pretty important especially the first time you make it. But with a lot of cooking, adding your favorite spices and little touches can make the meal uniquely yours.
This is where the concept of the Bhudda Bowl comes into its own. Bhudda Bowls are deliciously wholesome bowls of food, that include a variety of veggies, healthy fats and vegetarian protein. Buddha bowls are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. They can also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavour. (Is your mouth watering yet?)
Depending on the recipe you choose to follow, the dish can contain a whole rainbow of ingredients and be seasoned in any number of ways, but the basic formula always remains the same. And the best part is, just about every Buddha bowl out there is simple to make and jam-packed with filling nutrients and vitamins that aid weight loss and overall health.They don’t have to be 100% warm or cold, in fact one of the wonderful things is the variety of temperatures as well as textures.
Another distinct element of the Buddha Bowl is the dressing or sauce. A great sauce for your Buddha bowl is some variation of a tahini sauce (my zesty lime, avocado and yogurt dressing also works really well: recipe here. I also really enjoy Thai peanut dressings and creamy ginger dressings – the sky’s the limit!
ANATOMY OF BUDDHA BOWL
- Choose a nice or special bowl
- Start with a base layer of greens ( I love rocker and/or watercress and baby spinach)
- Add a variety of veggies & beans (think roast butternut squash and spiced black beans)
- Top with grains, nuts & seeds (my current favourites are quinoa with toasted sunflower, sesame & pumpking seeds
- Dress with your favorite sauce/dressing
- Eat mindfully enjoying all the flavours and textures (never mind the hit of nutritional goodness these bowls pack!)
Here are some links to ideas that will get you started (and very possibly hooked!). Enjoy x