The infamous Buddha Bowl. My absolute favorite dinner of all time. Sometimes I get into a phase of having buddha bowls for dinner every single night and I am perfectly ok with that. The thing about these bowls is that it doesn't have to be the same bowl every night - that's the beauty of it. Even though I may have bowls every night, that does not mean that I am having the same flavors and combinations day after day. You can easily mix up your protein, your veggies, the spices you use, the dressing you drizzle on or use more or less toppings/ingredients. The beauty of it, is it's flexibility and simplic.
Some may look at these bowls and think "simple... no way"... but really these bowls can take about 20 minutes to make and if you meal prep it can take much less. We're talking like 10 minutes... Who wouldn't want super quick food that is delicious, healthy and even affordable. The trick is to meal prep/utilize leftovers, buy seasonal foods and have a good selection of spices in your kitchen.
To make this easier I am going to gradually share different buddha bowl combinations to help you spice up your kitchen with wholesome, delicious bowls that anyone can make. I hope this helps because I get that sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to actually put together.
To start, here is an addition to my original buddha bowl recipe that I shared about four years ago. Specifically using Salmon as the main form of protein. For this recipe I don't cook the salmon in any specific spices other than oil, salt and pepper. This is also a great way to be flexible with how I use it throughout the week. I like to cook the whole salmon piece I buy, so I don't have to deal with it each time - which also cuts my cooking time in half.
Below are two different bowls. I typically always have sweet potatoes and cauliflower and I've been adding broccoli often as well now. It makes these bowls super filling, provide lots of nutrients from each food and lots of taste. Especially the cauliflower. Then what I typically change are the "extra veggies" and the dressing. So for dressing I typically just use a little olive oil, but sometimes I use apple cider vinegar and sometimes I like to do a mix of both. Again, very flexible. Different veggies you can use are tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, scallions (lots of flavor), avocado, shredded carrot, etc. Essentially just use the vegetable you enjoy!
Mix it up and play around with what you add and how you spice it up. The recipe below is my favorite combination with salmon, so definitely give that one a try!
1. Preheat the oven to 200 ℃ (390 ℉).
2. Cut up all your veggies.
3. Place the sweet potato and cauliflower on a baking sheet and dress with olive oil, salt and pepper, and any other spices you might like. Personally I prefer spicy spices, like chili or cayenne pepper and turmeric. Always turmeric!
4. If you have not made the dried chickpea snacks before hand, then you can add the chickpeas to the baking sheet as well, with the same dressing. You can also just eat them raw or roasted on the pan as well.
5. You can either cook your salmon on the pan or in the oven with the veggies. Add the salmon into the oven a about 8 minutes after you started baking the veggies. I typically bake it for about 12 minutes and then I like to roast it for 2(ish) minutes.
6. Bake the veggies in the oven for about 20 minutes, after 10 minutes, flip all of the veggies around.
7. While this is cooking, you can cook your quinoa. Rinse your quinoa before cooking and then cook for 12-15 minutes, depending on the quinoa you are using.
8. Once all things are finished cooking, you just place all the deliciousness onto a plate or bowl.
9. Top with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and seeds.
For the purpose of this recipe, I have not written specific amounts of each ingredient, because this can either be made for one, two or four people. As well, everything in these bowls can be meal prepped.
- salad base (spinach, kale, salad mix, etc.)
- sweet potato
- red pepper
- salt and pepper
- seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, etc.)