Building a Buddha Bowl
2017 is the year of the buddha bowl. Yeah buddy! They’re delicious and nutritious. [badda-bing, badda-boom]. Now what is a buddha bowl you may ask? Well, let’s chat about it!
Essentially they are protein-packed, vegg-a-licious meals aesthetically assembled in ... bowls, duh. They’re extremely versatile. That’s the beauty of it. You really cannot go wrong, and it’s fun to experiment with different protein and roasted veggie combinations.
Now, I first discovered the buddha bowl trend on Instragram. Doing my usual trollin’, I stumbled across the hashtag [#buddhabowl]. mind blown. My meal prep has never been the same. For dinner every night I basically create some sort of variation of a buddha bowl.
I adhere to four key categories: Greens / Proteins / Veggies / Sauces. I typically keep those base categories consistent and mix and match the ingredients within them.
Okay, now that we have that established, let’s build a buddha bowl, beezy style! Below you will see the recipe I created for dinner last night. I also included the common alternatives that I rely on to keep things interesting so I am not eating the same tired meal day in and day out. Beezus, this gal needs variety!
1. Greens: Mixed baby greens
(alternatives: TJ’s cruciferous crunch collection - it’s BOMB; romaine lettuce, spinach, or kale)
2. Protein: Chicken breast + hard boiled egg
(alternatives: shredded crockpot chicken, tuna, chicken sausage, salmon, tofu or chickpeas)
3. Veggies: Brussels sprouts + baby zucchini + TJ healthy 8 veggie mix + sweet potatoes
(alternatives: asparagus + carrots + broccoli + cauliflower/broccoli rice + peas + bell peppers + red onions + purple cabbage, etc. - I could go on forever here!)
4. Sauce: Avocado + Coconut Aminos
(alternatives: salsa verde, hummus, baba ghanoush, balsamic vinegar, spicy mustard, Hilary’s salad dressing)
1.) Veg Roast 'n Toast
First and foremost, get those veggies movin' and groovin’ in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Chop veggies and assemble on a baking pan lined with parchment paper
- Spray veggies with coconut oil and season to your liking
- Roast for about 25-30 minutes / Check periodically to ensure veggies don't burn because certain vegetables will cook faster than others
2.) Base Greens & Protein Prep
While the veggies are roasting, you will have some time to assemble your base greens and proteins. Now for this recipe I used chicken breast + a hardboiled egg, so little prep was needed. However, I normally like to use my shredded crockpot chicken in a meal like this. And, after much experimentation, I devised a winning method here. It’s quite tasty, I must admit, but it’s anything but “pretty” or “Instagram-worthy”. I apologize. What you can do is add the shredded crockpot chicken to a bowl and add the sauce/topping directly onto the protein and mix it together. This the game-changer. Then add the greens and mix it all up!
For this recipe I simply added the greens to a bowl and topped with the chicken + egg.
3.) Get in Formation
Okay veggies, now let’s get in formation!
Remove roasted veggies from the oven and add on top of greens + protein. Then add your sauces or avo topping. Now this is where you can take your time and get uber fancy with the arrangement. For this post I made an effort. But in all transparency, I’m normally quite hangry at this point, so I just drop them in and devour. No fuss, just feasting! ENJOY!