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Blog Article: BYOB - Build Your Own Bowl - The Tastes Are Endless!

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Buddha bowls are a trendy and nutritious way to enjoy a healthy meal. They're versatile and can be completely customized to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. They're a great option for vegans or plant-based eaters, as they often include a wide variety of vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts/seeds which provide a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Here are some ways to create an amazing Buddha bowl:

1. Start with a base: Choose your favorite grains such as quinoa, brown rice, farro, or even cauliflower rice. This will be the foundation of your Buddha bowl.

2. Add vegetables: Choose your favorite vegetables, either raw or cooked. You can opt for leafy greens like spinach or kale, roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, or beets, or fresh veggies like cucumber or avocado.

3. Include a source of protein: For a vegan Buddha bowl, some great protein options include lentils, chickpeas, edamame, tempeh, or tofu. All of these plant-based protein sources can be cooked or prepped in advance, so you can easily add them to your bowl.

4. Add healthy fats: Healthy fats, like avocado or nuts/seeds are great for providing extra energy and satiety. Fats can also help to enhance the flavor and texture of your Buddha bowl.

5. Dress it up: A flavorful dressing can really enhance the overall taste of your Buddha bowl. You can make your own dressing with simple ingredients like lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Or, you can try store-bought options like tahini, hummus, or salsa.

Here are a few Buddha bowl ideas:

- Mexican-style Buddha bowl: brown rice, roasted sweet potato, black beans, avocado, corn, salsa, and cilantro. (Try it with the Cilantro Crema in my Mexi-Nourish Bowl recipe on the blog!)

- Mediterranean Buddha bowl: quinoa, roasted chickpeas, roasted red pepper, cucumber, tomato, vegan feta cheese, and hummus.

- Asian-style Buddha bowl: soba noodles, stir-fried vegetables (bell peppers, onions, and broccoli), tofu, mandarin oranges, and sesame-ginger dressing. (Or try it with the homemade Teriyaki sauce in my Broccolini-Teriyaki-Cauli-Rice Bowl recipe on the blog!)

- Green Goddess Buddha bowl: mixed greens, sautéed kale, grilled tempeh, avocado, and tahini dressing.

Can you tell that I'm a diehard fan of Buddha bowls? They're a fantastic meal option for vegans or plant-based eaters. Delicious, nutrient-dense, and easy to customize, give them a try and get creative with whatever ingredients you have on hand!

Have fun, and bon appétit!

- Cindy


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