Buddha bowls are a name for what is also known as grain bowls, power bowls, hippie bowls (our favourite), nourish bowls and more. Whatever you fancy calling it, the Buddha bowl is a choose-your-own-adventure bowl of goodness. It usually has vegetables, a whole grain (such as brown rice) or pseudo-grain (such as quinoa), and protein.
You can choose to spend a little bit of time on the weekend prepping ingredients and then designing your bowl each day before heading off to work or school, or simply mix leftovers with a base of freshly cooked grains, pseudo-grains or legumes. Rather than be prescriptive about what you put in your bowl, we’ve given you some ideas for the base, the toppings, and dressings.
Step 1: Get yourself a nice deep bowl and simply build your bowl! Start with the base followed by several types of veggies, a protein, then a sprinkle of nuts, seeds and/or cheese, some fresh herbs and a good drizzle of your chosen dressing.
|1/2 cup||Base: cooked red rice, brown rice, brown lentils, de puy lentils, quinoa, freekeh, farro|
|2 cups||Veggies (include a variety): roasted broccoli, beetroot, steamed green beans, shaved raw brussels sprouts, shredded red cabbage, cucumber, avocado, sliced red capsicum, steamed kale, baby spinach or other leafy greens|
|1 serve||Protein: boiled egg, pan-fried tofu, free-range chicken breast, sustainably sourced smoked salmon or tinned tuna, chickpeas, black beans|
|Topping: goats feta, ricotta, nuts, seeds, fresh herbs|
|Yoghurt dressing: blitz yoghurt with a clove of garlic and a handful of parsley|
|Green dressing: blitz mixed green herbs such as parsley, basil and mint, with olive oil, lemon juice and salt|
|Peanut butter dressing: whisk a tablespoon of peanut butter with sesame oil, apple cider vinegar and tamari|