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How To Create The Perfect Buddha Bowl In 5 Steps

The trendiest way to eat healthy this year.

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4 June 2017

Buddha bowl

Buddha bowls are a big deal this year. From rainbow veggies to destructed sushi, it seems like everything tastes better in a bowl. And TBH we can't really argue here. Something that’s trendy, colourful and healthy has all the rights to be insta-famous.

In simpler terms, Buddha bowls are deep-rimmed dishes brimming with vibrant food (often vegan) but meat is allowed too. The healthy bowl typically contains 15 percent lean protein, 25 percent whole grains, 35 percent vegetables,10 percent sauce and 30 percent extras.

Now, this sounds like any other bowl so what’s relation with Buddha, you ask? Once ready-to-eat, the bowl brims with so much colour and food that it (kinda) resembles Buddha’s round belly — at least that’s what Pinterest tells us.

In case you’re looking to channel your inner culinary peace, here’s a quick step by step guide to help you create an Instagram-worthy Buddha bowl.

Step 1: Start with your grains.

The first step to making your Buddha bowl is to choose your staple item based on your preference. The best options to go for are brown, red or black rice, quinoa, millet or buckwheat.

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Step 2: Choose your veggies.

There are no strict guidelines on what can be included and what not so go crazy. Pick your favourite veggies, dice them, roast them and add a pinch of spices for some savoury flavours.

Make sure you work side by side so that all parts of the bowl have the same temperature when served. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkin all work well and look great together.

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Step 3: Add some proteins.

Your veggies and grains guarantee the carbs you need to fill your belly but a side of meat, tofu, falafel or eggs ensure the protein portion of the meal. Sautee some in spices and keep them warm.

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Step 4: Garnish with toppings.

Once you have the main components ready, it's time to add the final touches with nuts, dried fruits and seeds as toppings to give the whole bowl a nutty texture. You can even include seasonal fruit like mango, berries, grapes and apple.

Voila! You're ready for assembling.

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Step 5: Drizzle some tahini dressing and you're good to go!

With all ingredients ready, it's time to pay some attention to the aesthetics. Try to create a colour-coordinated bowl of goodness topped with your go-to dressing.

It could be as simple as tahini or a fancier dressing of lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper.

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