Today’s post is not a recipe but just a casual chit-chat. Don’t worry, I do have some recipes lined up but then I don’t want the blog to be all about recipes only.
Yes, I am mentioning it again. I am very late to follow any food trend. Sometimes its laziness, sometimes I’m just apprehensive about the trend and sometimes certain ingredients are either not available or just too expensive in Dubai.
While some people make a conscious decision to turn vegan or vegetarian, my influence has been my Instagram feed. Though I haven’t turned vegetarian but I’ve been leaning so much towards plant-based meals. The fun part of cooking a Veggie meal; all the colours involved. So finally, I went ahead and made myself what they call a “Buddha bowl”. I looked around to find out why it is called a Buddha Bowl and no, it isn’t related to Buddhism in anyway. One explanation by Dana from Minimalist Baker was that it is “a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded ‘belly’ appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha”.
Fun fact: While people have been making some form of a Veggie bowl for quite some time now, it was only late last year that the trend caught on as “Buddha Bowl”, and now it’s everywhere.
Well if you don’t want to call it a Buddha Bowl, then it is sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowl. I prefer calling it a Veggie bowl. If you are a Veggie bowl newbie then here’s what it is. They are hearty, filling bowls of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Maybe some pasta too?? A bit of protein like Tofu or Chickpeas or lentils is a great addition. Some like to include toppings like nuts or seeds for texture and finally a dressing for added flavor.
While the basic idea is the same, the ingredients can change depending on the recipe and/or what’s in your fridge. It’s a great way to eat all the veggies and lentils you have at home. You can make it as colorful as the rainbow or choose a single color theme. If you need some inspiration go check out @fitness_bianca and join her #buddhabowlparty. She makes the most stunning Veggie Bowls. You must see one of her latest all-green-bowl… It’s so pretty to look at that I wouldn’t want to eat it.
But seriously guys it’s so simple to make and does not require any special kitchen skill. If you are not into the whole plant-based diet and like a little meat on you plate (or in your bowl) go ahead and add some eggs or chicken.
Pictured in the post is my first Veggie bowl attempt where I used some Roasted sweet potato chunks, mushrooms, eggplant and brussel sprouts. I also included some lettuce, cherry tomatoes and Gluten free pasta and topped it off with an avocado Tahini sauce and 2 lime wedges. Not bad for attempt one. I probably need to work on a better dressing, but nonetheless I didn’t want to go ahead without sharing my attempt.
Looking for Inspiration
I do not have a recipe listed for this, but I can include a few links for inspiration to get you started.
Here’s a Sweet Potato Chick pea Buddha Bowl from Minimalist Baker to get you started.
I want to try this next; Masala Chickpea Buddha Bowl by Thomas from Full of Plants.
And of course my favorite Blogger, Lindsay from Pinch of Yum has this yummy Winter Bliss bowl which includes Falafels!!!
The world wide web is not short of ideas when it comes to recipes for a perfect Veggie bowl. So c’mon get yourself in the kitchen and make one of your own and make eating veggies fun again!