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Buddha Bowls Are The Hottest Trend - We Explain Why!

Lara Coutinho - Ernährung
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In the case that you haven’t heard of Buddha Bowls yet, we are now giving you 5 reasons why you must give them a try

Buddha Bowls are colorful, delicious and healthy. And in a few minutes, I am going to make you want to start preparing your own yummy bowls!

Here we go...

Why do we love "Buddha Bowls“ so much?

  1. Buddha Bowls are packed with healthy ingredients. With a protein content of about 30% - thanks to legumes, quinoa or tofu, your muscles and neurons are provided with plenty of protein! Complex carbs keep you satisfied for hours and healthy fats aren’t missing either. Covering 40% of your daily vitamin intake, Buddha Bowls are the perfect meal and cover your needs!

  2. Buddha Bowls are super versatile! Since there is no particular recipe, you can pretty much choose the ingredients you like and are in season! This gives you the chance to explore and test, and to definitely never get bored! And of course, the right toppings shouldn’t be missing! 
    And the best part? The bowls work with any diet! Whether you are vegan, gluten-free or love all the foods! You’ll for sure find a combination that suits your taste!

  3. Buddha Bowls are a real eye-catcher! Colorful, creative and healthy! Instagram is full of them! According to the motto „Eat the rainbow“ you’ll find loads of inspiration on the social media platform! And how do they say,… Food is a feast for the eyes, too!

  4. Buddha Bowls are the perfect choice if you’re trying to empty the fridge from leftovers! Who doesn’t know it: Sunday night, and you have a ton of leftovers, but no idea what to do with them. Well, now you do! They make for a great Buddha Bowl! The rice from last nights dinner, veggies and a hard-boiled egg, some chickpeas. Creativity has no limits!

  5. Buddha Bowls are quickly prepared! No time to eat healthily? That’s no excuse! A Buddha Bowl is prepared in 5 minutes and less!
    A little tip: When it comes to good sources of carbs, go for microwaved potatoes or sweet potatoes, leftover rice, pasta, couscous, ramen noodles or polenta! Pre-cooked legumes from the jar or can are ready within a second! Add nuts and avocado, veggies and salad for an extra vitamin kick!

How do I prepare a Buddha Bowl, you are asking?

Here are three recipe ideas…

Buddha Bowl Recipe Idea No.1:

Ingredients:

  • 75 g quinoa
  • salad
  • edamame beans
  • zucchini
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1⁄2 sweet potato

Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • a little lemon juice
  • 2tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 tsp soy sauce
  • a little olive oil

Preparation of the Bowl:

  1. Cook the sweet potato (ca. 30 min).
  2. Prepare quinoa according to instructions on the package.
  3. Chop and fry veggies.
  4. Cut the avocado in half and then in long stripes.
  5. Blend tahini, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil.
  6. Give the salad into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and the dressing.
  7. Top with sesame seeds or nutritional yeast according to taste!

Buddha Bowl Recipe Idea No.2:

Ingredients:

  • 4 falafel
  • bell pepper
  • small tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • salad of choice
  • pomegranate seeds

Preparation of the Dip:

  • 1 small beetroot
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 300 g cooked chickpeas
  • some lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preparation of the Bowl:

  1. Wrap beetroot in tinfoil and bake at 175 °C for about one hour. Let cool out, peel and cut into cubes.
  2. Chop the garlic and give it with beetroot, chickpeas, lemon juice and tahini in a blender, add enough olive oil to create a delicious hummus. Add salt and pepper according to taste!
  3. Wash, peel and chop veggies. Peel and grate the carrot, wash the salad and give everything in a bowl!
  4. Add falafel and pomegranate seeds, garnish with nuts and sesame seeds!

Buddha Bowl Recipe Idea No.3:

Ingredients:

  • salad
  • a hand-full of red cabbage
  • 3-4 tbsp kidney beans
  • bell pepper
  • mushrooms
  • 50 g wild rice
  • 100 g tofu of choice
  • 1 tsp agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp water
  • grounded ginger
  • 1 tsp vinegar

Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • cumin, salt, and pepper

Preparation of the Bowl:

  1. Blend 1 tsp syrup with 3 tbsp soy sauce, 4 tbsp water, vinegar and ginger. Cut the tofu into strips and marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. Pan-fry the tofu.
  3. Chop the veggies and fry as well.
  4. For the dressing, mix syrup, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cumin.
  5. Give salad into a bowl, add rice, tofu, beans, veggies and give the dressing on top. You may add sesame seeds to taste.

Have you ever tried a Buddha Bowl before?

If so, what’s your favorite combination? Leave us your feedback in the comments below! :)

You definitely are in need of a stylish looking bowl, because it makes the whole deal a lot more fun and you get to post beautiful pics of your meals! Shouldn’t you own one already, you can find a great variety right here! ;)

Best, 

Your Lara!

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