This recipe is:
vegan | wfpb (whole food, plant-based) | easy | quick | gluten-free | oil-free | refined sugar-free | 10 ingredients or less
Buddha bowls, grain bowls, vegan bowls, or just bowls - whatever we call them, I also call them a fave. It's such an easy, great way to get a nice variety in one meal.
- Beans? Check.
- Whole grains? Check.
- Veggies? Check, check and check.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I often have one for lunch. O-f-t-e-n. (More often than pictured, actually.) Everything can be eaten separately or mixed together, it's all complimentary.
What makes a Buddha bowl easy? There is one key to this: Batch cook whole grains and beans ahead of time. If you have a day that you're home long enough to make a big batch, you can have those beans and grains in the fridge for days (about four). Or in the freezer for up to a couple months! This makes life during those four days so much easier. You can of course use canned beans, but there are advantages to using dry: they are a lot less expensive and I think they taste much better. If you just can't find the time to cook them, try using a Crock-Pot or Instant Pot. Typically, beans and grains require different cook times, so usually its best to make separate batches.
A dressing that pleasantly pulls it all together is Tahini Balsamic Dressing. It's creamy with a burnt-sugar, rich flavor (though no refined-sugar or added oils are involved) and comes together with the stir of a spoon. You can find the recipe here:
Easy Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe
Vegan | WFPB | Easy | Gluten-free | Oil-free | Refined Sugar-Free | 10 Ingredients or Less
YIELD: 1 serving (double, triple, etc. for more servings)
PRE-PREP: Grains, beans (if using dry beans), and dressing
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
RECIPE CATEGORY: Salads
PRIMARY TOOLS: Knife, hands
COOKING METHOD: Chopping
RECIPE NOTE: Feel free to add more (or less) of any ingredient - quantities are not set in stone and just depend on how hungry you are.
Note: Kitchen times are approximate and will depend on various factors, like your personal kitchen speed and how many hands you have working with you. Cooking can become a centering experience that brings family together. I hope you enjoy the ride!