Buddha Bowls: The Best Balanced Meal
Buddha Bowls, also known as“hippie bowls,” are a simple way to nourish the body and to help calm the mind. There is no notable origin for the Buddha Bowl, but many believe it to be a simple meal shared by Buddhist monks during their years of study in which they cast off all possessions. Whatever the origin, Buddha Bowls are a wonderful way to truly enjoy the process of creating and savoring the simplicity of a delicious, balanced meal.
I enjoy making my own bowls because I take the time to choose the ingredients either from my refrigerator or my garden, often with my youngest son who has helped to choose and care for the veggies and herbs in our backyard garden.
I also have a special bowl that I enjoy using for each Buddha Bowl I make: a simple, clean white bowl. I love to “eat my colors”, so having a white bowl makes any ingredient “pop” on the plate. Buddha Bowls can also be layered in a container or a jar for you to take with you for a quick and satisfying breakfast or lunch at work.
Once you have your bowl, you can start to build your meal! Start with some organic leafy greens, like lacinto kale, or spinach, or if you prefer, make your bowl warm with quinoa, brown rice or any ancient grain of your choosing. Then layer the bowl with steamed veggies like diced sweet potato,diced squash or carrots, or raw veggies like shredded red cabbage, sliced peppers, or tomatoes. Build the bowl with whatever you desire! Once completed, you can dress your bowl with a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing, hummus,or a homemade dressing of your choice.
My Buddha Bowl pictured here is made with a base of Garden of Life Coconut Oil cooked red quinoa, topped with julienned carrots, tomatoes, green bell pepper, red cabbage, fresh baby kale leaves and flat leaf parsley – the last two coming fresh from our winter garden. My dressing is equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar blended with some red pepper flakes, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, parsley, two cloves of garlic and fresh herbs from my indoor planter, lemon thyme, basil and Greek oregano, all blended until smooth.
You can also make a Buddha Breakfast Bowl or a tasty dessert bowl, as well! Like a savory Buddha Bowl, you can create your breakfast bowl with warm quinoa, oatmeal or even a flax and/or chia pudding. Top with fresh fruit, nuts or seeds of your choice.
My Buddha Breakfast Bowl shown below is Flax and Chia pudding made with Garden of Life RAW Protein & greens Vanilla (recipe below) and layered with strawberries, banana, blackberries, grapes and slivered almonds.
Try making Buddha Bowls with your family once a week. Sweet or savory, it will be something that you can all enjoy creating and eating together!
Flax & Chia Pudding:
½ cup Garden of Life Raw Organics Flax & Chia Blend
1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond, coconut or cashew milk
1 scoop RAW Protein & greens Vanilla
In a jar or bowl (with a cover) blend all ingredients until combined well. Let the mixture sit for at least two hours to overnight for the flax and chia to thicken. Scoop into a bowl and top with your favorite ingredients.