Using whatever is in season and your kitchen!

What’s a lunch or dinner that can be easily whipped up, uses whatever is in your kitchen, is ridiculously nutritious and more delicious than takeaways?

A buddha bowl.

Composed of 5 parts which you can mix-match-and-patch together depending on what you have on hand.
It is the secret to making healthy meals easy

Buddha bowl benefits:

  • Can be made to fit any dietary/ethical requirements – vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, nut-free etc
  • Easy to assemble once you have the ingredients organised
  • Good on-the-go or office-friendly option
  • You can substitute any and every ingredient depending on what’s in season, preferences and what needs to be used up in your fridge!
  • Guaranteed a balanced, nutritious meal that will stabilise blood sugar levels, keep you full for hours and nourish your body with many whole foods.

Our top tips to building a seriously enviable buddha bowl?

  • Use seasonal ingredients
  • Don’t be afraid of frozen veg
  • Experiment with different grains
  • Always have toasted seeds and nuts on hand
  • Cook components in larger batches for multi-meal prep

Formula to the perfect Buddha Bowl:

Pick a wholegrain:
Rice (brown, white, red – long, medium, short)
Quinoa (black, white, mixed)
Noodles (udon, soba, vermicelli, shirataki)
Farro, Buckwheat, Millet

Pick a protein:
Chicken (left-over rotisserie, grilled breast)
Tuna (canned, fresh)
Salmon (canned, fresh)
Fish (grilled)
Tofu (firm, soft)
Egg (boiled, poached)
Pulses (chickpeas, lentils)

Pick your vegetables (whatever is in your fridge):
Seasonal salad greens (mesclun, kale, spinach, cos)
Roasted vegetables (capsicum, red onion, kumara, pumpkin, carrots)
Frozen vegetables (peas, shelled edamame, corn, mixed)
Broccoli, brussel sprouts (blanched, grilled, steamed)
Tomatoes, Avocado, Radishes (etc)
Beetroot, cabbage, carrots (shredded, grated)
Herbs (coriander, basil, parsley, mint)

Dress it up:
Tahini honey (Tahini, vinegar, honey, yoghurt, water to thin)
Yoghurt herb (yoghurt, blitzed mixed herbs, lemon, garlic)
Green Goddess (blitzed avocado, onion powder, yoghurt, herbs, garlic, lemon)
Sesame vinaigrette (sesame seeds, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger)

Nourishing Toppings:
Toasted seeds/nuts (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, cashew, almonds, walnuts)
Cheese (feta, halloumi, goat, cottage)
Spice (chilli flakes)
Sprouts (mung beans, alfalfa, pea shoots etc)
Nutritional Yeast flakes
Hemp seeds
Seaweed or Nori

The real merits of a buddha bowl is being able to use whatever’s in season (no having to buy $6 capsicums), in your kitchen and changing it up so you don’t feel like you’re eating the same thing day-in, day-out. 

Need examples of our favourite bowls?

Some days I like to pick a Japanese-inspired theme – and choose ingredients such as fresh salmon, on rice with edamame, avocado, mung beans and blanched broccoli topped with a sesame vinaigrette and toasted sesame seeds.

Japanese Buddha Bowl recipe ideas with salmon, edamame, seaweed, tempeh

Other days it’s a Mexican theme where I have a base of rice and beans and top it with chicken or tofu, roasted capsicums and onion, chopped tomatoes and avocado, a dollop of cottage cheese or yoghurt and chilli flakes.

Mexican Buddha Bowl Recipe Idea with corn, rice, beans, tomatoes and other wholefoods

Will you give this a go?

Feel free to email us if you have any questions or need bowl inspiration!