How To Make A Buddha Bowl- 7 Steps
In the past year, I’ve fallen in love with healthy bowls. If you follow me on social media at all (especially Instagram stories), you’ll have seen that I have a random bowl/plate almost every single day- though this Buddha bowl is still my favorite. Most people though, have no idea how to make a buddha bowl! And thus, I came up with a seven-step process to make the perfect bowl.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in my random creation period, it’s that these healthy bowls have cropped up just about everywhere!
You can find vegan buddha bowls on most restaurant menus now. And almost every cookbook has one. I love them for a few reasons:
- They’re simple – use what you have in the fridge
- They’re loaded with nutrients
- They’re easy to customize or switch up
Honestly, learning how to make a Buddha bowl made everything so much easier for me! For the last few years and especially after reading Chris Beat Cancers new book, the biggest goal when it comes to my meals is to make them as nutrient dense as possible.
Basically, I ask how I can make this healthier?
And when it comes to creating random healthy bowls- the sky is the limit!
And since I love it so much, I wanted to share the easy, seven step process I use when figuring out how to create a buddha bowl and make it as awesome as possible.
How To Make A Buddha Bowl Step One: The Base
Every tasty Buddha bowl starts with a good base! You can keep it simple with rice or quinoa or branch out a bit more with cauli rice, amaranth, soba noodles or flavoring your rice (garlic parsley is one of my favorites!).
This is one part of the biggest component of an awesome vegan Buddha bowl. Roasted veggies add a ton of flavor, give a nice cool to warm contract and make the bowl heartier in the winter.
Sometimes I think we live off roasted veggies so often I use whatever we have in the fridge: roasted broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots or our new favorite: candied Brussels Sprouts.
Normally, I roast up veggies at least once a week to literally just keep in the fridge, so there’s always some on hand!
The second biggest part of the healthy bowl recipe is raw veggies. In the summertime I do more raw than roasted because it’s refreshing but honestly, it’s your bowl 😉
I like shredded things so carrots, beets, radishes are my staples. I use kale and spinach sometimes too and sprouts, well sprouts just take it to a whole other level!
This is one of those categories though that you just use up leftovers. There’s no specific amount, just use what you’ve got!
If you’re learning how to create a Buddha bowl, you’ll need to up your crunch game.
Throwing something crunchy into the bowl gives it awesome texture. Roasted chickpeas are easily my favorites (all that fun fiber with the crunch!) but all seeds work too!
I am SO glad we are getting out of the ridiculous low fat/no fat craze. Fats (when you choose healthy ones!!) are crucial to our bodies. Avocado, nuts, seeds, hemp hearts are all great options. Avocado is practically a staple in my healthy Buddha bowls.
This is a fun one and where you get to make your bowl truly different each time. I have a few staple dressing recipes I opt for and just rotate through (five ingredients or less!). You can grab a printable of them if you pop your email into the banner on the top of the page.
Our favorites are: maple balsamic, mango coconut, sweet and tangy, teriyaki or creamy avocado.
But really, anything you have and enjoy will work. My hubby is super plan and just uses soya sauce. It drives me nuts.
Not everyone thinks of this when creating a healthy buddha bowl, but you should!
Probiotics are an awesome way to keep your immune system high and give your gut some love. We love using fermented salsas, kimchi or sauerkraut.
But some of my friends use fermented fruit too.
Plus, it gives your healthy bowls a great kick
See how simple it is to learn how to make a Buddha bowl? Seven steps and you’re set with a tasty, freakishly healthy, simple bowl recipe.
A quick note on protein: I am not vegan, but you’ll notice there’s no “meat” step *insert eye roll*. A lot of people mention this. The truth is, you don’t need animal-based protein at each meal. It’s just not necessary.
By using a combination of everything above, you’ll still be getting in enough protein at the meal to stabilize blood sugar and keep you full. It’s just plant based.
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Keep your days simple, fresh and full of awesome flavor by adding in a homemade, every changing Buddha Bowl! Honestly, these tasty, vegan bowls are amazing because they’re so simple and unique to your personal tastes. Whip one up and then let me know what your favorite combinations are!