A Buddha bowl is a savory collection of healthy goodness. Our local Whole Bowl began as a food cart, and now has multiple brick-and-mortar locations around the city. Recreating that experience at home can be a lot of work for one meal. But if you make multiple bowls to store in the fridge for the week…? It’s easy, tasty, and healthy and ready to walk out the door with you, regardless of how late you are for work!
Easy Buddha Bowl Buffet
- pint (500 ml) glass jars or repurposed jars of any kind
- 1 cup farro (cooked)
- 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
- 1 cup brown rice (cooked)
- 2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cup garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
- 2 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
- 2 cup sweet potato (diced, cooked, seasoned)
- 2 cups fresh spinach (chiffonade)
- 2 cups fresh kale (chiffonade)
- 2 cups fresh purple cabbage (chiffonade)
- 2 cups bok choy (chiffonade)
- 1 cup red bell pepper (diced)
- 1 cup carrot (diced (or shredded))
- 1 cup celery (diced)
- 1 cup green onion (diced)
- 10 oz grape tomatos
- 1 recipe Cashew-Cilantro Vegan Sour Cream (thinned with 1 TBSP coconut cream)
- 1 recipe Chili Mango Lime Dressing
- 1 recipe Foolproof Vegan Walnut-Almond Basil Pesto (thinned with 1 TBSP coconut cream)
- 1 avocado (sliced)
- ¼ cup minced parsley
- ¼ cup minced cilantro
- ¼ cup vegan parmesan
- ¼ cup chopped nuts (your choice)
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
Prep the ingredients
- The list of ingredients above is a suggestion. Go with the ingredients you like, and what you have on hand. Pint mason jars make for great storage. They are uniform, rustic, and for a casual buffet with friends, can be used as serving bowls for the buffet (much less cleanup!) Brilliant!
For a gathering with friends...
- Set all the ingredients out. If you are having a larger group, you could divide the ingredients to two locations; i.e. grains, proteins greens in one location and veggies, sauces, and garnishes in another.
- Buddha bowls are a creative endeavor, but tend to follow a pattern. Here is a suggestion to get you started:¼ cup each of 1 grain, 2 proteins, and 2 leafy greens; ⅛ cup of 4 veggies; 3 TBSP of your sauce of choice; garnish to your taste.
To create meals for the week...
- Assemble the Buddha bowls in pint jars and store in the refrigerator. These are great for a quick snack, or to take to the office for a healthy, nutritious lunch.Pint Mason jars are a great size for this but you might consider repurposing peanut butter and salsa jars?! Reusing is ever so earth friendly...and free.
For a formal buffet...
- Assemble your ingredients on a large (24") platter. It can become the focus of your buffet table. Section the ingredients around the platter, mixing up the colors and textures. People can assemble their bowls and then move to a second station to add their sauce of choice and the garnishes
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