How to Make a Buddha Bowl

buddha bowl (n). a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha

I started eating huge bowls of raw and cooked veggies, grains, beans, fruits, nuts and seeds for lunch back when I was first working on the Fuhrman philosophy that “the salad is the main dish.”  Now, these giant bowl meals are pretty much part of my daily routine. I don’t use recipes for my Buddha Bowls.  I usually just use whatever I already have cooked, chopped, ready, on hand.  There are veggies and/or fruits, a starch of some sort and a protein.  Here are some options:

1.  Starch: Roasted sweet potato cubes; Cooked quinoa, buckwheat, millet, rice, amaranth, barley, couscous, etc…; Cooked or raw corn kernels; Roasted white potato slices; Cooked winter squash, noodles or pasta

2.  Protein: Cooked beans or lentils; Cooked tofu, tempeh or seitan; Peas; Edamame; Leftover Chili; Cooked, crumbled or sliced veggie burgers or cutlets

3.  Extras: Any nut or seed; Grated coconut; Apple slices; Raisins or dried cranberries; A sprinkle of granola; Olives; Sun-dried tomatoes; Nutritional Yeast; Roasted Red Peppers; Pickles

4.  Veggies (cooked, or raw, or a combo of both): Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Mushrooms, Carrots, Zucchini, Peppers, Onions, Sprouts…

5.  Dressings:

Tahina + Apple Cider Vinegar + Stevia + Paprika
Tahina + Lemon + Garlic + Water
Peanut Sauce (peanut butter, vinegar or lime, maple syrup, soy sauce, water)
Salsa + Hummus
Olive Oil + Lemon Juice or Balsamic Vinegar
Here are some examples.  Some of these I made at home, some are from cafes. Quite often, I’ll have something at a cafe and then recreate it at home.  (And yes, we get food like this all over the place in Israel.  Every cafe listed here is in a Shopping Mall!  I know that in America, you would be pressed to find this kind of food at the Mall.  I am lucky.)
greg 2 bowl
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Potato, Bulgur, Black Lentils, Cranberries, Fresh Herbs, a Granola Sprinkle in a Lemony sweet dressing
Cafe Greg, Canyon Arim, Kfar Saba
rice noodle bowl
 Rice Noodles, Greens, Red Cabbage, Tofu, Sesame seeds in an Asian Dressing
Fresh Kitchen, HaTachana, Jerusalem
bean grain bowl
 Salad, Mushrooms, Black Lentils and Red Quinoa to be topped with Tahina Dressing and Nutritional Yeast
kale tofu bowl
Sesame-Rubbed Raw Kale, sweet potatoes, tofu with Peanut Sauce
hummus salad bowl
Israeli Salad topped with hummus, tahina, almonds and pine nuts
a Hummusia in Zichron Yaakov
mexican bowl
Black beans, couscous, corn, tomatoes, cilantro and avocado in a lime dressing
orange greg bowl
Lentils, greens, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red cabbage, oranges and onions
Cafe Greg, Canyon Arim, Kfar Saba
poleta eggplant kale bowl
Polenta, kale and eggplant
sabich bowl
The Sabich Bowl (my FAVE!):  Israeli salad topped with potatoes, chickpeas and eggplant, smothered in tahina!
Cafe Greg, Canyon Arim, Kfar Saba
salad bowl
Salad with roasted chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes and Moroccan carrots
sandwich bowl
Toast Salad:  Green salad with slices of grilled vegan cheese and pesto sandwich!
Espresso Bar, Canyon Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv
What are your favorite Buddha Bowl combinations?


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  2. […] My go-to dinner: Buddha Bowls. I love these SO much. You can switch them up to whatever veggies or grains you have on hand and your sauce can be different every time you make it depending on your tastes/ingredients on-hand. Every night when Sparky asks, “What’s for dinner?” and I give him a certain look, he knows immediately, laughs, and says, “Buddha Bowls” because he knows I love to make these weekly (or more). Here’s a link for good Buddha Bowl ideas! […]

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