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A Simple Guide to Building Your Own Buddha Bowl

Pretty, healthy, and a one-bowl wonder, Buddha bowls are our favorite no-fuss meal. But rather than break the bank on these trendy dishes, learn how to make your own at home!
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What is a Buddha Bowl?

Buddha bowls may have started as a vegan food trend, but don’t limit yourself. The formula is simple: healthy grains or starch, protein, and raw or cooked vegetables. You can prepare the portions ahead of time and even mix and match, making them a great weeknight meal.

¼ Grains or Starch

- Quinoa, couscous, bulgur, freekeh, barley
- Brown rice, wild rice, black rice
- Rice noodles
- GF or whole wheat pasta
- Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash

¼ Protein

- Tofu or tempeh
- Chickpeas, edamame, beans
- Egg
- Lean meat
- Seafood

¼ Veggies

- Salad greens and sprouts
- Cucumber, carrot, celery, tomatoes
- Broccoli, cauliflower
- Mushrooms or olives

.... and more Veggies

- Onion, garlic, shallots
- Broccoli, asparagus, corn, bell pepper
- Mushroom

Toppings (not too many!)

- Hummus, cashew dip, pesto
- Avocado, guacamole, salsa, cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Vinaigrette or olive oil
- Soy sauce, peanut sauce, sweet chili sauce
- Fresh herbs, peanuts, sesame seeds

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Falafel Nourish Bowl

East After Noon

Completely vegan-friendly and gluten-free, this falafel skips the traditional deep-fried method and is instead baked in a hot oven. It makes for a far lighter but no less tasty version than you could get at any side street kebab shop!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Kale and Quinoa Veggie Bowl

Lemons and Basil

This Kale and Quinoa Veggie Bowl is full of superfoods that offer protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Pesto Quinoa Bowl with Avocado

Chef'd

This combination of an ancient grain and the hottest trend makes for a delicious meal for you and your family. This beautiful and tasty recipe has only 7 ingredients, is easy to make, and features creamy avocado, fresh spinach, sweet cherry tomatoes, and quinoa seasoned with zesty pesto.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

StreetSmart Kitchen

Assemble a healthy and delicious burrito bowl with these perfectly grilled juicy chicken breasts in just 30 minutes.

A wholesome meal that incorporates the best of everything, the Buddha bowl is a balance of all things good. That is one noble truth we can definitely get behind.

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