Have you heard of Buddha Bowls? They’re a free-form, filling mix of veggies, grains, legumes, and other plant-based goodness. I first had one at a local cafe and was inspired to make my own by this recipe for a Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl from Delish Knowledge. Now I include Buddha Bowls in our regular dinner rotation. I like that they get more veggies onto my family’s plates (or rather, bowls)–and since I arrange the ingredients in a sort of “Buddha Bowl Bar”, everyone can choose what they like and be happy.
You can put whatever you like on your Buddha Bowl Bar. Here are some ideas:
- Chickpeas or other beans
- Sweet potatoes or squash
- Chopped peanuts
- Green onions
- Purple cabbage
- Spinach or kale
- Rice, quinoa, or other grain
Though Buddha Bowls are typically plant-based, and I am perfectly happy with a meatless bowl, I sometimes set out chicken for the meat-loving men in my family.
You can roast or steam the veggies, or you can leave them raw. You can serve this hot or cold. Just make enough for lunch leftovers. It’s such a treat the next day.
Everything is better with a yummy sauce drizzled all over it. I love the Peanut Sauce from Delish Knowledge. I’m also intrigued by this Tahini Sauce from Minimalist Baker or this Creamy Lemon Herb Sauce from Veggies Don’t Bite.
Satisfying and simple.
Here are two more meatless dinner ideas: