If you're on any of the social medias, chances are you have seen a Buddha Bowl. They are, after all, very photogenic, so it makes sense. Aside from just making pretty pictures, though, these all-in-one meals are meant to nourish the body.
You don't have to be a yogi, a vegan, a health blogger, a Reiki master, or even a Buddhist to enjoy a Buddha Bowl. Basically, you just need to have a big bowl and an imagination. There are no real rules governing what constitutes a Buddha Bowl other than overstuffing a deep bowl with a variety of healthy, delicious, colorful food until it resembles Buddha's belly.
In general -- and of course this is all personal preference -- a good Buddha Bowl contains the following:
- a moderate portion of grains or starches such as brown rice, barley, millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes, or corn
- a smallish amount of protein, preferably plant-based, such as tofu, chickpeas, or beans
- a variety of raw and/or cooked vegetables
When you're ready to assemble your Buddha Bowl, think "balance." The idea is to balance each of these food groups so you're not eating too much of one thing. The the artful arranging of all these colorful ingredients is not mandatory, but it can make you feel pretty zen. Hmmm, maybe these balanced bowls of goodness are meant to feed the soul as well as the body?
2 cups sauteed kale
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked kidney beans
1/2 cup chickpeas
1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
8 grape tomatoes, halved
1 grilled Black Sage Honey-glazed chicken breast
1 tbsp Black Sage Honey Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Thinly sliced jalapenos, radishes, and red onion
Arrange all ingredients in a large bowl and garnish with jalapenos, radishes, and red onion. Drizzle with Black Sage Honey Vinaigrette.
Black Sage Honey Vinaigrette
Whisk ingredients together in small bowl
3⁄4 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp Black Sage Honey
1 1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp pepper