Buddha bowls are the quintessential mix and match food. They’re a perfect use for seasonal foods, leftovers, or whatever else you can find in your kitchen! There’s no one “right” combination of ingredients that make a Buddha bowl, but there are some basic guidelines to follow. I’ve included suggested portions for each component of the bowl, as well as some of my favorite ingredients to include. Just choose a few ingredients from each section, mix them together in your bowl, and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that the ingredients below are just suggestions – feel free to go freestyle if you’d prefer to add different ingredients in!
- Base Grains (should make up 1/4 of the bowl): Sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, soba noodles (buckwheat – if you can tolerate it), or bean threads
- Protein (should make up 1/4 of the bowl): Grass-fed ground beef, grilled chicken, chickpeas, black beans, or baked salmon
- Vegetables (cooked or raw – should make up close to 1/2 of the bowl): Carrots, sautéed onions, steamed broccoli, roasted beets, shredded raw beets, bell peppers, sautéed mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, tomatoes, or cucumbers
- Greens (steamed or sautéed – as much as you’d like): Swiss chard, kale, collards, cabbage, or spinach
- Dressing (about 1 Tablespoon): Olive oil & lemon juice, tahini & fresh herbs, dairy-free basil pesto (try this one), hummus, avocado cilantro dressing, carrot ginger dressing, or tamari & toasted sesame oil
- Garnish (just a few pinches – optional): Sauerkraut, slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, or sesame seeds
- Start with a single serving bowl, and pack your grain base into the bottom of your bowl, until it’s about 1/4 of the way full.
- Add your cooked proteins on top of the grain base until it fills about another 1/4 of the bowl.
- Layer your veggies (cooked or raw) and greens on top, until they make up about 1/4 of the bowl (your bowl should be more or less full by now!).
- Drizzle your dressing of choice over the top of your bowl. Add a pinch or two of your choice of garnish if desired. Enjoy!