Top 10: Buddha Bowls
Have you ever heard of a Buddha Bowl? It might sound like a Far East treasure, but it’s actually much less exotic than you think. Buddha Bowls are essentially balanced meals planned around a hearty grain and veggies. In fact, you can think of them as a decomposed grain-based salad! While you can find them for sale, it’s much easier and simpler to create them yourself. They’re endlessly customisable. To get you started, we’ve chosen our favourite Buddha Bowls from around the web!
Healthy and delicious, Buddha Bowls and dragon bowls are THE new fad, and at SOSCuisine, we’re absolutely convinced! These recipes are super appetising because they mix raw and cooked ingredients for a beautiful composed dish full of colour, texture, fibre, and vitamins. Plus, these dragon bowls are totally easy to make. All you really need to do is assemble your favourites in a bowl. They make great lunches too. And as an added bonus, they’re a great way to learn how to cook vegan and vegetarian.
Using Buddha bowls as an inspiration, you can create your own recipes with the ingredients you have on hand. To make an authentic Buddha bowl, you just have to follow these basic guidelines:
- Vegetables: Your bowl should be about 2/3 veggies, whether it’s grilled broccoli or cauliflower, or raw julienned vegetables, avocado in slices, lettuce, bean sprouts or anything else you like… Let your imagination guide you! You can even add fruit, like grapefruit (like in #4) or pomegranate.
- Grains: The other third of your bowl has to be made up of grains and proteins. Opt for whole grains. Whole rice and quinoa are the grains most frequently used in dragon bowls, but don’t be scared of trying barley, millet, and even buckwheat.
- Proteins: Choose vegetable proteins, cheese, or eggs. For vegetable protein, there are tons of options: legumes (beans, lentils, etc), tofu, tempeh, edamame, peanuts, almonds, etc. You can even use a combination of different proteins in the same bowl.
- Dressing: You can use any dressing that complements your ingredients. Purists use a dressing that contains nutritional yeast, which has a particular flavour, similar to a nutty cheese. Nutritional yeast can be found in health food stores, and it’s enough to add a few flakes to whichever dressing you choose to give your meal that Buddha Bowl flavour. Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins, making it an excellent food choice for vegetarians.
- Presentation: For bowls as gorgeous as the ones we’ve found, you’re encouraged to add garnishes for a little extra oomph. You can use anything from micro-greens to fresh herbs, nuts and seeds, and even edible flowers. Choose a cute bowl for the complete experience, and enjoy your Buddha bowl with a nice slice of bread on the side.
To inspire you, here are our top 10 picks from around the web!
#10 – Thai-Style Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce
Our list starts off with this amazing Thai inspired bowl, full of great Asian flavours. It’s made with naturally gluten-free ingredients and is adaptable to many diets, including vegan. We especially love the inclusion of purple cabbage, which is not only flavourful, but a great alternative to lettuce. This bowl is rich in fibre as well, for a really well-balanced healthy meal.
#9 – Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl with Quinoa and Avocado
This gorgeous green bowl features tons of great roasted veggies. If you love broccoli and cauliflower, this one is for you. They’re rich in vitamins and roasting them brings out sweet, nutty flavours that work perfectly with the baked tofu and almonds.
#8 – Peanut tofu Buddha Bowl
Peanut sauce is always delicious, so why not have it in a Buddha bowl? This one uses yummy roasted veggies, broccoli, and brown rice. It’s super simple and you can try the sauce out on rice noodles too!