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What’s in your Buddha Bowl

a Buddha Bowl of quinoa, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, with hummus on the side

There was a time when all food blogs were filled with pictures of Buddha Bowls of various kinds. They looked so lovely and fulfilling that I wanted to try something too. I don’t prefer the oatmeal or smoothie in a bowl kind, so I opted for something savoury.

A Buddha Bowl is a dish that has five main ingredients: 

  1. Whole grains like rice or quinoa
  2. Protein like tofu or meat
  3. Vegetables
  4. Dressing
  5. Garnish such as nuts, seeds, or microgreens

Here’s what went into my bowl:

  • Quinoa cooked as per instructions
  • Crispy chickpeas for protein
  • Baked cauliflower
  • Hummus
  • Mixed seeds and mint leaves

Instead of quinoa, any millet or grains like barley will do. Just rinse and cook in the pressure cooker. I also like to add a little salt and garlic for more flavour.

You can make crispy chickpeas by seasoning boiled chickpeas and baking them in the oven or the air fryer. I also like some of the packaged ones available when I don’t want to put in a lot of effort.

Baked cauliflower is the easiest to make. Just cut and wash the florets, toss them in some oil and BBQ seasoning, or any other seasoning of your choice. You could also just go for a simple salt, pepper and paprika toss-up—Bake at 180 deg C for about 30 minutes.

I usually make a large batch of homemade hummus and freeze it in small containers for later use. There are some store-bought ones, like Wingreens, that also taste good. You might want to add a little water to make the consistency a little lighter, otherwise it will be too dry to mix with the quinoa.

Garnish with a healthy dose of nuts and seeds of your choice.


Do you have a combination you’ve tried and liked (or disliked)? Let me know in the comments below!

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