As the summer harvest is upon us, now is the time to treat yourself and your family to Buddha Bowls. What is a Buddha Bowl? A Buddha Bowl is summer salad made of a combination of veggies, greens and grains, often presented in a round bowl. The bowl is often filled over the rim (forming a belly), hence Buddha.
Buddha bowls are rich in macronutrients. Macronutrients are a variety of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that your body can use and digest to produce energy. These carbs, proteins and fats are found in vegetables, grains, legumes, and seeds/nuts. In bowl preparation, there is no ratio as to veggies, grains, and greens. Some chefs recommend ½ veggies to ¼ gains and greens. Top with seeds/nuts and/or condiment of your choice (lemon juice/pesto/sprinkle of cheese) and bon appetit!
My favorite Buddha Bowl is Quinoa, Beet and Arugula from allrecipes.com
½ pound beets, peeled and sliced 1 clove garlic crushed
1 cup quinoa ¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water 2 green onions sliced
½ cup olive oil 3 ounces arugula chopped
½ cup red wine vinegar Crumbled goat cheese on top
- Steam beets for 7-10 minutes or until tender.
- Bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
- Wisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and black pepper together.
- Remove quinoa from heat and add ½ the vinegar dressing while fluffing the quinoa with a fork; reserve remaining dressing. Cover and refrigerate quinoa until cool.
- Stir green onions, arugula, goat cheese, beets, and remaining dressing into cooled quinoa mixture. Toss lightly before serving.
You can also choose to build your own for your dosha :
Grain: Barley, White basmati rice, barley, and quinoa
Vegetables: Alfa Sprouts, artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and leafy greens
Beans: Black lentils, chickpeas, and mung beans
Nuts and Seeds: Sunflower and pumpkin
Grain: Cooked oats, quinoa, and bulgar wheat
Vegetables: Avocado, beets, carrots, yellow squash, green peas and spinach
Beans: Mung beans
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds
Grain: Basmati rice, buckwheat, barley and quinoa
Vegetables: Alfalfa sprouts, artichoke, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, kale, lettuce and other leafy greens
Beans: Mung beans, red lentils
Nuts and Seeds: Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
*Quinoa and Basmati Rice can be used for all doshas
Buddha bowls are delicious. Have fun building!
(also check out grain salads, then add your own veggies)