Buddha Bowl 101

I discovered the Buddha Bowl at an amazing local restaurant called Thrive. I’ve been hooked ever since. So what is a Buddha Bowl? It’s basically a healthy and creative way to use your leftover veggies and whole grains. There are no real rules to creating your bowl. The Buddha bowl ultimately consists of three main parts—raw or cooked vegetables; some kind of a grain such as brown rice, quinoa or millet; and a delicious sauce. You can mix up and add any number of creative extras. Experiment and enjoy. Here is the quick step guide to creating your own Buddha Bowl

Step 1. The Bowl – Get a cool bowl. I use a hand-thrown pottery bowl I got as a gift. It’s the perfect depth for creating my bowl.

Step 2. Choose Your Grain – Quinoa, brown rice, basmati, millet and farro are all good choices.

Step 3. Protein Please – I usually add some kind of bean to my bowl such as black beans or garbanzo beans. If I’m using black beans I cook them with cumin and other spices.

Step 4. Pile on the Veggies – I always have some kind of green and most often use spinach or wilted kale. Then I pile on the veggies: beets, shredded cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini… the list goes on. In the winter I used more cooked veggies like roasted squash, and in the summer season I choose more raw veggies.

Step 5. Dressing – I like the Whole Foods brand tahini dressing or Annie’s Woodstock, but I have also used a simple balsamic or fresh salsa as dressing.

Step 6. Toppings and Extras – Feel free to add nuts and seeds, dried fruit and avocado as extras.


Wishing you Vibrant Living,