Move over, sushi. The best thing to come into our foodscape in some time is the Buddha Bowl. Versatile, nutritious, delicious, and beautiful, there’s something in this mighty bowl for just about everyone. And with a name like that, you can feel oh-so-virtuous eating it!
For the uninitiated, a Buddha Bowl essentially begins with a healthy grain, such as quinoa or wild rice. There are no hard and fast rules with measurements, but a good rule of thumb is 1 cup of cooked grain as a base.
It’s then stacked with one protein to every three vegetable servings: the more varied, the better! Great protein bets include grilled fish or tofu, roasted legumes, a poached egg, or nuts. The Poke Bowl, its close cousin, features raw fish, and that’s an option too.
Veg can be lightly steamed, grilled or raw. Aim for rainbow colours to create a feast for the eyes as well as your palate.
Finish it with a tasty dressing (recipes below), and you’ll wonder where this bowl has been all your life.
Get started with these options for some inspiration. You'll come up with your own specialties - as you may have guessed, there are endless possibilities. Another name for the Buddha Bowl could be "throw all your favourite ingredients into one easy dish"!!
Budhha Bowl 101
Poached, Fried, or Hard Boiled Egg
Baked or Grilled Tofu
Grilled or Raw Fish (use Sushi grade if raw)
Baked Chickpeas, Pinto, or Black Beans
Roasted or BBQ Chicken or Beef
Green or Red Onion
Fresh Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Parsley)
Nuts or Seeds
Fresh Lemon or Lime
2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon Tamari or Bragg’s
1 teaspoon fresh Ginger, minced
1 teaspoon Honey
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 clove Garlic, pressed or minced
1 teaspoon honey
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
pinch of sea salt