A Buddha Bowl is a fun & healthy meal to cook and assemble, and it’s always an adventure full of veggies and grains! You can throw almost any vegetable, grain, and sauce that you’ve got on hand into a bowl, and come out with a delicious and nutritious meal.
Since it’s January, I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of weekend meal prepping post Holiday season. I find that Buddha Bowls are a great way to get back into the habit, as I can prep all of the ingredients over the weekend, and then quickly assemble a bowl to my liking throughout the busy week.
I will often batch cook some chickpeas, some quinoa, and some wheat berries, and cut up some veggies for the week so that whenever life gets busy, I can still have a homemade and nutritious meal on the table. Plus even if I eat a few Buddha Bowls throughout the week, I like to choose a variety of toppings so that it’s never boring!
When I first started meal prepping a few years ago, I found that I was making everything so overly complicated. I thought I needed to prep everything I was going to eat in the week, so I found my Sunday meal prep days to be pretty overwhelming. Now I’ve learned that even just prepping a couple of meals a week, or parts of a few meals a week can be really helpful and game-changing. For instance, cooked chickpeas can go a long way in multiple meals… so I’ve almost always got some on hand in my fridge.
The key to a killer Buddha Bowl? Good veggies, a good base of grains, and a stellar sauce.
We decided to do make a sort of smorgasbord of prepped veggies so that everyone can choose their own favourite toppings. We prepped the veggie using a few key tools that really helped us out.
- The OXO handheld spiralizer
- A Benriner Japanese Mandolin
- The OXO tabletop spiralizer
- Miyabi Kaizen Chef’s Knife
Prepping our veggies like this worked out really well because it meant it was easier to fill our bowl with every vegetable imaginable. Plus we were able to keep a lot of the veggies raw, which means we spent less time making these Buddha Bowls and more time enjoying them. Everyone on the team got to assemble their own bowl and choose their own adventure to make a Buddha Bowl that’s just for them.
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to follow it to a T. It’s just here for some guidance and inspiration, and YOU get to choose your own adventure!
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