If you’ve never tried a Buddha Bowl, then you’re going to be so happy you found this recipe.
A Buddha Bowl is essentially a big bowl of delicious whole/nourishing foods. Urban Dictionary calls it:
(n). a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha.
This style of eating is really flexible and gives you a ton of options. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers, think rice, beans, lentils, lean meats and veggies.
You Eat With Your Eyes First
One of the biggest benefits to mastering the art of a Buddha Bowl is that you’ll actually crave healthy food. When food looks appealing and luxurious, you automatically feel taken care of. You eat with your eyes first, and Buddha Bowls are simply irritable.
You can build a Buddha Bowl any way you like. Always include a healthy protein, a good carb, and a healthy fat for a balance meal.
One way is to fill the bottom of your bowl with a whole grain, quinoa, or beans/lentils, then add the veggies around it. Or, you can just skip the bottom layer and add each ingredients in sections around the bowl, kind of like a deconstructed salad. Drizzle the top with a little extra virgin olive oil and something acidic like vinegar or citrus and voila, a delicious Buddha Bowl.
Pay attention to the texture of each ingredients; texture plays as much of a role in liking your food as flavor does. Use a julienne peeler to shred hard veggies (e.g. carrots, jicama), and handheld mandoline to make extra thin slices (e.g. radishes, cucumbers, onions, peppers).
Try to incorporate something soft (e.g. beans, avocado), something with texture (e.g. rice, quinoa), something crunchy (e.g. pumpkin seeds), and something crisp (e.g. carrots, radishes, peppers, jicama). Also include an acid flavor like citrus of vinegar, and a sprinkle of sea salt on the top to finish it off.
I like to keep my Buddha Bowls wholesome and use whole foods with loads of health benefits.
Prep time and total time will depend on what you already have made. If you’re preparing brown rice, quinoa, or any other Buddha-Bowl-esque ingredients for other recipes earlier in the week, make extra so you can easily whip up one of these ultra-nourishing, delicious bowls.
Spicy Black Bean Buddha Bowl Recipe
- Layer 1/4 cup cooked brown rice on the bottom,
- Top with 1/4 – 1/2 cup black beans sautéed with cumin, chili powder, garlic and onion,
- Then add whatever fresh veggies + seeds you have on hand. I used:
- shredded carrot
- raw pumpkin seeds
- grape tomatoes
- fresh tomato salsa in the middle
- Then add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lime, and a small sprinkle of sea salt.
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