Buddha Bowls for Zen, Peace & Happiness

Since I completed the whirlwind of my professional plant-based certification with Rouxbe, I’ve been re-inspired and motivated to integrate some new techniques and strategies into my weekly meal plan. One of the newest members to the show is the Buddha Bowl!

A Buddha Bowl is a mix of veggies, greens, grains, nuts, meats, and cheeses…it takes the concept of a burrito bowl around the world. I absolutely LOVE them because they’re healthy, my kids have approved them (!), I can plan for them once a week without it being redundant, I can mix it up with anything I have in my pantry or fridge, everybody gets to customize their own bowl…should I keep going?!

So, here’s how it works. Pick one item from each of the following categories and you’re on your way to a zen meal!

· Protein

Beans, lentils, tofu, hard-boiled egg, chicken or other meats

· Grains, Starchy Vegetables or Pasta

Quinoa, Brown Rice, Millet, Barley, roasted squash or sweet potatoes

· Greens

Spinach, kale, collards, or sprouts

· Non-starchy Veg or non-sweet fruits

Asparagus, Broccoli, shrooms, jicama, peas, bell peppers, tomatoes or zuchini

· Fresh Herbs & Spices or Toppings

Basil, Mint, cilantro, parsley, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast, or spice blends

· Dressing or Condiments

Pickles, pesto, salsa, your choice of dressing, hot sauce or tamari

It’s just a meal in a bowl, BUT I believe its pure genius will transform the Zen, peace and happiness of the world!

Decadent Tahini Sauce
Use as a dressing, a sauce, or a dip!

1/4 c. tahini
1 T. maple syrup
1/2 lemon juiced
soy sauce or tamari to taste (optional) 
cayenne to taste (optional)
Add warm water to create desired consistency

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar. Add more water after refrigerated to thin out.