Lately, I've been crazy for Buddha bowls! It's one bowl eating with all the bells and whistles. What is a Buddha bowl, you may ask? A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian meal, served on a single bowl or high-rimmed plate, consisting of small portions of several foods, served cold, or warm. These may include whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, plant proteins such as chickpeas or tofu, and vegetables.
Although it's named for its big, round, Buddha belly shape, these healthy bowls taste scrumptious with various options for eating.
To make an incredible Buddha bowl, choose small portions of raw and cooked vegan foods, as well as a creative sauce to bring it all together.
Even though anyone can create unique Buddha bowls, knowing what and how to create a Buddha bowl is half the battle.
If I could, I think I'd eat every meal from a bowl. So, let's make an incredible Buddha bowl. And, be sure to check out the different options to meet individual tastes.
How to create a well-balanced Buddha Bowl...it's all about that base
First, a Buddha bowl begins at the base layer. For this particular bowl, I chose garlicky, ginger brown rice. But, select a base that meets your individual tastes.
Other great base options:
- Jasmine rice
- White Rice
- Cauliflower Rice
How to make garlicky, ginger brown rice
To make this simple rice recipe, begin cooking brown rice on the stove or in a rice cooker following the package instructions.
Then, in a non-stick pan, saute the green onions and garlic until translucent. Next, add the ginger, cooked brown rice, and 1/3 cup of the sesame miso dressing.
Once combined and warm, remove from the heat and begin to assemble the bowl.
What raw veggies are great in a Buddha bowl?
- Red cabbage
- Green Onions
- Sesame seeds I used black sesame seeds)
- Mame (shelled edamame)
- Collard Greens
- White cabbage
- Snow peas
- Red onion
- Pickled Red Onions
- Summer Squash
- Bell peppers (any colors)
- Mame (shelled edamame); cook according to package directions
Other cooked food options:
- Pinto beans
- Black beans
- White beans
- Kidney beans
How to air-fry tofu
To air-fry tofu, first, choose an extra firm or Sprouted tofu. Lightly press the tofu with a tofu press. Personally, I prefer Sprouted tofu which does not require pressing.
Don't have an air-frier? Don't despair; tofu tastes fabulously baked, sauteed, or grilled.
Cut the tofu into 1-2 inch cubes and marinate overnight with the following ingredients:
- Soy sauce (or Tamari for a gluten-free option)
- Maple syrup or date syrup
- Rice vinegar
- Hot sauce of choice
Once marinated, cook in a single layer in an air-frier at 370 degrees for 15 minutes, tossing after 7 minutes.
How to assemble the Buddha bowl
In individual bowls, place the rice in the center. Now, begin to add the ingredients around the bowl's base.
- Divide the ingredients into four for equal distribution
- Add the microgreens and raw green onions as a garnish to the center.
- Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the avocado slices
- Drizzle the dressing over the entire bowl
As with all great bowls, there's always a fabulous sauce. Since the majority of my bowl contains my favorite Asian ingredients, I made a Sesame Ginger Dressing.
- White or yellow miso
- Soy sauce or Tamari
- Maple syrup or date syrup
- Rice Vinegar
- Sesame Seeds
- Fresh ginger
- Lime juice + zest
The next step is the easiest, dig in and enjoy. There's something special and comforting about eating a healthy meal in a bowl. Build your own Buddha bowl; the possibilities are endless.
Do you love the idea of eating from a bowl? Check out these bowl recipes!
- Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe
- Chipotle Bowl
- Thai Tahini Veggie Noodle Bowls
- Harvest Bowl
- Greek Quinoa Bowl
- Lucky Dragon Bowl
- Lentil Gyro Bowl with Vegan Tzatziki
- Healthy Burrito Bowl
- Thai Curry Noodle Bowl
- Panang Curry Noodle Bowl
So, the next time someone asks, "What is a Buddha Bowl?" make up a bowl of your favorite whole foods and dig in!
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂