Ever wondered where the name ‘Buddha Bowl’ came from? Well, it is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “A bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded ‘belly’ appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha”. Not what we would’ve guessed either!
Essentially, a Buddha Bowl is a vibrant, colourful salad bowl that usually contains some kind of grain (rice, quinoa, lentils, couscous, freekeh), leafy greens (spinach, kale, mixed leaves), veggies (raw or cooked), plant based protein (tofu, tempeh), healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds) and delicious dressing to tie it all together.
Aside from looking amazing, they are absolutely jam-packed with nutrients. They are also surprisingly quick and easy to make, despite containing a number of ingredients. We’re going to let you in on some tips and tricks to whip up an Instagrammable Buddha Bowl in less than 30 minutes!
Tips and Tricks
#1. Choose a base that is quick to prepare, such as quinoa. Quinoa is a nutrient-dense option that takes only 15 minutes to cook. All you need to do is combine 1 part quinoa with 2 parts water in a saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer until it starts to sprout. Quinoa is also yummy cold so you can always prepare it in advance.
#2. Steam your greens for 2-3 minutes while you wait for the quinoa to cook. We’re all about using time wisely!
#3. Choose raw veggies for a quicker option. We love grated carrot, cabbage, cucumber and beetroot but you can use whatever you like. Roasted vegetables are a great addition in the cooler months, but this does add a bit of time.
#4. For your protein, you can buy a pre-marinated tofu or tempeh which makes it so easy to prepare. All you need to do is slice and cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes. Remember that soy products are amongst the most important to buy organic (to ensure it is not genetically modified) so be sure to check the label. We also recommend reading the ingredient list when buying a pre-marinated product to ensure no nasties are added. Our pick is organic spicy tempeh.
#5. Avocado is an absolute essential in our eyes. This goes without saying but it is a very quick and nutritious add on – simply slice and place on top of your bowl! Some kind of raw nuts/seeds are great additions, too. And do not forget tamari almonds and/or hemp seeds.
#6. Choose a simple, minimal ingredient dressing recipe. You can even just mix together some extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice if you’re after something super quick and easy.
Following these easy tips you can have yourself a delicious buddha bowl in no time at all. Once your ingredients are ready to go, all you need to do is arrange them in your coconut bowl, placing your choice of grain at the bottom and arrange the other ingredients around the sides.
Following these easy tips, you can have yourself a delicious buddha bowl in no time at all. Once your ingredients are ready to go, all you need to do is arrange them in your Coconut Bowl, placing your choice of grain at the bottom and arrange the other ingredients around the sides.
If you’re stuck for Buddha Bowl inspiration, visit @coconutbowls for endless Instagrammable ideas.