If you’re considering switching up your diet and maybe trying to get some more of the good stuff (fiber, grains and protein) then the Buddha Bowl is the dish for you! Many of us have come across the Buddha Bowl in our favourite health food eateries or on the Instagram accounts of celebrities and hipsters everywhere. The Buddha Bowl is surprisingly easy to make at home! When it comes down to it, the Buddha Bowl is really about getting in a bit of everything that your body needs to thrive in one wholesome but tasty meal. It’s really about getting the right balance of goodness, you can make Mexican style, Indian style and a variety of other flavours to suit your own personal taste. We have this simple step-by-step guide on how to make your very own version at home!
Choose and cook your grains. Grains are high in fibre and they include wheat, oats, rice, spelt, barley, quinoa, buckwheat, corn and rye. Apart from fibre, grains are also a source of vitamins and minerals including B Vitamins, iron, vitamin E, Magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. That is why they make an excellent base for your Buddha bowl. We would recommend using wholegrain rice, black, red or brown, quinoa, buckwheat or something similar, it really is up to you.
Now that you have your grain base, you’ll want to add some delicious roasted veggies. You can really choose whatever you like here. Just sprinkle some seasoning onto the veggies before you roast them, for example chili, cinnamon, ground coriander, garlic powder and paprika work well for a little extra flavour. Try timing your grains and veggies so that they’re ready at the same time and you can enjoy a nice hot meal.
Now you can saute the rest of your yummy ingredients. You want to focus on getting some protein in at this stage, we would recommend using meat, tofu or falafel! You can keep them warm in some aluminium foil while you cook the rest of the ingredients. Now would also be a good opportunity to add some other tasty bits such as zucchini, kale, spinach or broccoli. Try sauteing your veggies with crushed garlic, herbs or spices.
Add some fresh veggies like say, tomato, cucumber, carrot or avocado. Seasonal fruits can also be added if you feel like it.
Now it’s time to put it all together. Get a very large bowl and begin adding your ingredients. You can add as many other toppings as you like. try hummus, gaucamole, olives, roasted chickpeas, feta, canned legumes, nuts, seeds or whatever the hell else you fancy! We would also highly recommend adding a tasty dressing such as tahini with lemon juice or mustard, olive oil and vinegar.
And there you have it, it really is that simple folks! Why not send us some pictures of your Buddha Bowls to the Menupages Instagram: @menupages.ie