Buddha bowls (or plates) have quickly become my “go-to” meal option this summer. What constitutes a Buddha Bowl, you may wonder? Well, in my mind, it is a big bowl of whatever vegetable, grain, and/or protein lines your fridge at the moment!
I like to create when it comes to Buddha Bowls, rather than follow an exact recipe, keeping in mind the Chinese Medicine point of view that cooked food is easier to digest than raw food. By combining cooked and raw veggies, you get the powerhouse dynamic of “easy to digest” plus “nutrient optimization,” since small amounts of foods on your plate or bowl are raw and haven’t been broken down by the process of cooking.
My raw veggies of choice tend more to be of the nutrient-dense variety such as fresh kale, spinach, or arugula. Then I’ll typically add some protein, and throw together a yummy dressing to tie it all together and voila! You have a simple, colorful meal that radiates nourishment! Sounds easy? It is, and it’s fun!
Just to get your feet wet, I’ll take you through my process of creating a Buddha masterpiece of your own! When comfortable, allow yourself the freedom and creative license in the act of putting together yours in the future. One of my favorite reasons for this being a frequent dinner option of mine is that it allows for a ton of diversity!
Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
Bragg’s Coconut Aminos
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt & Pepper
1. Cook the rice per directions on the package. I have a rice cooker and it is easily my favorite kitchen “tool” but it is not necessary by any means; some people also use an “insta pot” for rice and that works well too!
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil (will be used to steam the broccoli).
3. While those two things are working, begin to chop the veggies to your desired size.
4. Depending on the timing of your rice (as you can imagine, depending on the cooking method, times vary greatly) add the broccoli to your pot of boiling water. (You want both items to be ready at about the same time.) If you have a vegetable steamer - this is optimal here - plan to only steam for roughly 5 minutes.
5. While steaming, combine 3 parts olive oil, one part Bragg’s, the juice of half a lemon, and a dash of salt and pepper in a bowl or small jar to create your salad dressing.
6. At this point you should be able to begin compiling everything together! I don’t own a large enough bowl for this heaping goodness (LOL) so I use a plate. Typically, I put greens on the bottom of the plate, or the bowl, rice on top, followed by veggies, and then dressing. This is different than pictured, but the picture helps for viewing ingredients used! You can arrange in any way you desire, those of you who don’t like your food to touch may opt for the method I used in the picture.
7. Pause for a moment of gratitude before you consume (so, so, so important!).
I hope you enjoy, but mostly I hope you get inspiration for a simple meal you can put together when you’re not so sure about what to make! Comment with any questions! Oh, and there’s one more thing… we want to see images of your beautiful Buddha Bowls! Tag #holisticallyinspired on Instagram and Facebook so we can admire your own colorful creativity!
To Buddha-ful eating,