If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to explore different cultures and cuisines, why not try making a different Buddha bowl recipe each day of the week? These bowls are a perfect way to incorporate healthy and diverse ingredients into your diet, while also allowing you to experiment with different flavors and textures. From the fresh Mexican Inspired bowl to the hearty and comforting Italian inspired bowl, there’s a Buddha bowl recipe to suit every taste and mood. So pack your bags (and your taste buds!) and get ready for a culinary adventure around the world with these 7 Buddha bowls.
What are Buddha Bowls?
Buddha bowls, also known as nourish bowls, are a type of meal that typically consists of a combination of grains, vegetables, and protein, all served in a bowl. They can be hot or cold, and there are countless variations and combinations to suit every taste preference.
The origins of Buddha bowls are unclear, but they are believed to have originated in ancient Buddhist monasteries in Japan. Monks would use bowls to collect small amounts of food from villagers and combine them to create a balanced, healthy meal. Today, Buddha bowls have become a popular trend among health-conscious foodies and have taken on a life of their own.
Why are Buddha Bowls so Popular?
There are several reasons why Buddha bowls have become so popular in recent years.
First and foremost, Buddha bowls are incredibly healthy. They are typically made up of whole, unprocessed foods that are packed with nutrients. They are also highly customizable, so you can tailor your bowl to your specific dietary needs and preferences. For example, if you’re vegan, you can make a Buddha bowl with plant-based proteins like beans or tofu, while if you’re a meat-eater, you can add chicken or fish.
Second, Buddha bowls are incredibly convenient. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for several days, making them perfect for meal prepping. They’re also a great way to use up leftover ingredients, as you can throw together whatever you have on hand to create a delicious, healthy meal.
Finally, Buddha bowls are incredibly Instagram-worthy. They’re typically colourful and beautifully presented, which makes them perfect for social media. As a result, they’ve become a popular trend among food bloggers and Instagram influencers, which has only added to their popularity.
tips for making a perfectly Balanced Healthy bowl
There are a few rules that I try to follow when assembling a Healthy Bowl. I like to divide up the bowl into 4-Parts. Each section will be for a variety of healthy food and when it’s sectioned off you know that you are getting a balanced portion. The whole idea is BRILLIANT!
1. Veggies: ROASTED, AIR FRIED, STEAMED OR RAW
2. PROTEIN: CHICKEN, PANEER, SALMON, TOFU, Fish, Seafood, Halloumi, lean Beef, lentils, beans - to name a few!
3. Grains: Brown rice, basmati rice, Farro, Quinoa, bulgur, Israeli couscous, Soba noodle
4. Greens: Spring mix, romaine, head lettuce, kale, micro-greens, Spinach, arugula
How to Make a buddha bowl
Making a Buddha bowl is easy and doesn’t require any special equipment. Here are the basic steps:
Choose your base: The base of your Buddha bowl should be a grain, such as rice, quinoa, bulgur, farro, and Israeli couscous. You can cook your grain ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble your bowl.
Add your protein: The next step is to add your protein. This can be chicken, fish, beef, paneer, tofu or any other protein of your choice. You can cook your protein ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble your bowl.
Add your vegetables: Next, add a variety of colourful vegetables to your bowl. This can include leafy greens, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. Try my recipe for Air Fryer Broccoli, or Roast cubed Sweet Potatoes for a great way to get your veggies. The more colourful your bowl, the more nutrients it will contain.
Add your toppings: Finally, add toppings to your bowl to give it extra flavour and texture. This can include nuts, seeds, avocado, salsa, guacamole, hummus, or any other toppings of your choice. Try making an edible taco bowl using pita bread! It’s easy.
Dress your bowl: You can dress your Buddha bowl with any dressing of your choice. Popular options include tahini dressing, peanut sauce, a simple vinaigrette or a delicious homemade ranch dressing.
7-Bowls That Take you Around the world in a week
How about this fun weekly meal-planning idea? Here are 7-Bowl ideas that take you around the world in a week! We use the basic concepts of assembling a buddha bowl and putting a slightly different spin depending on the cuisine!
Greek-Inspired bowl recipe
italian-inspired Bowl Recipe
Here’s a recipe for an Italian-themed Buddha Bowl that’s flavorful, healthy, and easy to make!
For the bowl:
- 1 cup cooked Farro
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers
- 1-2 pepperoncini
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- 1 cup romaine, or spring mix
- 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 dollop of fresh ricotta cheese (optional)
For the Italian-style dressing:
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook the Farro grain according to package instructions and let it cool.
Prepare the dressing by whisking together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
In a large mixing bowl, add cooked farro, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, romaine, sliced red onion, canned chickpeas, and chopped fresh basil.
Drizzle the Italian-style dressing over the salad and toss everything together until well combined.
Add a dollop of ricotta cheese over the top, if desired.
Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious Italian-themed Buddha Bowl!
- Grilled chicken or shrimp for additional protein
- Roasted eggplant for extra flavour and nutrition
- Kalamata olives or capers for a salty kick
Mexican-inspired bowl recipe
thai-inspired bowl recipe
Indian-inspired Bowl Recipe
Here’s a recipe for an Indian-themed Buddha Bowl that’s packed with flavor and nutrition!
For the bowl:
- 1 cup cooked basmati rice
- 1 cup of tandoori chicken, diced
- 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup diced sweet potato, roasted in cubes
- 1 cup romaine chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
For the mint raita dressing:
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cucumber, shredded and squeezed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 lemon squeezed
- 1/2 tsp mint
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. mint sauce
- 1 tsp. Salt, to taste
Cook the basmati rice according to package instructions and let it cool.
In a large bowl, section off the basmati rice, roasted sweet potato, romaine salad, and tandoori chicken into 4 quadrants.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together plain yogurt, garlic, mint, lemon juice, oregano, maple syrup, mint sauce and salt.
Drizzle the mint raita dressing over the bowl enjoy!
Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro over the top and serve with lime wedges.
Enjoy your delicious Indian-themed Buddha Bowl!
- Grilled tandoori chicken, tofu, or teriyaki paneer for additional protein
- Sliced red onion or scallions for extra flavour and nutrition
- Roasted cauliflower or eggplant for added vegetables and flavour.
middle-eastern inspired bowl recipe
french-inspired buddha bowl
here's to your health!
In conclusion, Buddha bowls are a perfect way to enjoy a healthy and balanced meal that is both satisfying and visually appealing. With endless ingredient combinations, there’s no limit to the creativity and flavor you can achieve. So next time you’re looking for a nutritious and tasty meal, give one of these Buddha bowl recipes a try!