Buddha bowl (noun). – A bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top, much akin to the belly of a Buddha.
Buddha bowls are popping up on the menus of many a hippie-ish vegan cafés. They may not always be the same but what they always have in common is a variety of veggies, good-for-you fats, some type of plant-based protein, a killer sauce, oh ya, and their deliciousness. You needn’t use a recipe to make your Buddha bowl, just use whatever cooked, chopped or available ingredients you have on hand. Ideally, make sure you have a starch, a protein and a crap ton of veggies. You’ll feel happy as, but lighter than Buddha devouring this meal, let me tell you. Plus, the fact that they are nutrient-dense (contain an abundance of immune-boosting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals) leads to a content belly and feeling well satiated. Buddha bowls are perfect for making in heaps and keeping for leftovers.
If you’re on a quest an amazing sauce that tastes fantabulous drizzled over anything and everything, here it is:
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 3/4 cup olive or flax oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup tamari sauce (use gluten-free if necessary)
- 4-6 garlic cloves
- Assemble your Buddha Bowl (I used broccoli, kale, red peppers, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, red cabbage & brown rice). Feel free to mix hot and cold ingredients.
- Drizzle with sauce.
Enjoy your Buddha bowl with a nice cup of green tea or a green juice.
This will bowl you over with its flava-flav.