How to Build Your Own Buddha Bowl
This month, it’s all about BYOB – Build Your Own Buddha Bowl. Buddha bowls, also known as power bowls, are a nutritious and delicious way to hit your major food groups in one meal. Plus, they come together in an instant and are great for meal preps or a no-fuss dinner. Keep reading below to learn how to build your own Buddha bowl.
Buddha bowls are comprised of five key components: healthy carbohydrates, a protein source, healthy fats, vegetables, and a sauce or dressing. Healthy carbohydrates include roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, basmati rice, or quinoa. At Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, we serve basmati rice daily on our Fresh Express. It’s unprocessed and has a lower glycemic index, making it a great choice for those looking for a healthy carb option. You can also use plant-based protein in the bowl if you are vegan or vegetarian. Instead of chicken or fish, try out eggs, tofu, chickpeas, or black beans for some plant protein.
Our favorite thing about Buddha bowls is that they are completely customizable. There is no wrong way to create your own bowl! Just identify what you’d like to add to your bowl and then go from there. We recommend portioning out your bowl as follows:
- 1/2 cup healthy carbohydrates
- 4-6 ounces protein (can be animal or plant-based; adjust portion sizes depending on your dietary needs)
- 1-2 cups vegetables
- 1/4 cup healthy fats
- 2 tbsp sauce or dressing
And there you have it! Once you get started, you’ll see how easy it is to build your own Buddha bowl. Here are a few recommended combinations to get you started:
- Salmon, broccoli, roasted sweet potato, avocado, lemon vinaigrette
- Ground turkey, corn, black beans, avocado, brown rice, lime crema
- Chicken, quinoa, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, tzatziki
While we’re talking healthy Buddha bowls, let’s also talk #CorporateWellness. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box way to bring your team together, our cooking classes are a great way to make that happen. We offer interactive cooking demonstrations to teach your team how to form healthy habits, cook delicious and easy recipes, and more. Instructed by five-star Chef Shashank Agtey, we’re here to help in a fun and educational way. If you’d like to know more about our cooking classes or sign your team up for one, contact us today to get started.