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Simple Buddha Bowl Recipes You Can Whip Up For Weekday Meals

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

by Olivia Tan. |

“What is a Buddha bowl?” is my genuine question. Although I may have seen beautiful vibrant Buddha bowls on social media, I really wouldn’t be able to describe what they are. Off the top of my head, I would think, healthy, vegetables and colours. After reading a few more articles online, I realise that I’m not too far off.

Alexandra Lein, the person behind the popular Instagram account @vegginthecity, said in an article that “it’s a nourishing meal that’s just little bites of everything.” Besides that, it is also about artfully arranging these ingredients. In short, it is about “balancing the different types of food that you eat” and no fixed standard that you have to follow.

Now, this can sound wonderful to people who love to experiment with their food but horrible for those who prefer to follow a recipe. To ensure that you get the necessary nutrients we need from our food, it is essential to know what we need. A balanced diet should include these seven essential factors: carbs, protein, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. You don’t have to always have these 7 items in your bowl as some food items may overlap in different categories. Here’s a simple table to break this down:

Source: i-base

Keeping this in mind, I would like to show you three simple Buddha bowl and salad recipes that you can whip up easily for a weekday meal.

1. Shredded Chicken Salad

Do you ever finish dinner and notice that the only meat left is the chicken breast? It sometimes happens in my house so what I like to do is to shred the meat by hand and use it for salad or a sandwich filling. It’s perfect when you want a quick but healthy meal after a long day at work.

2. Veggies Salad

If you’re not in the mood for meat, you could try this veggies salad while still getting your proteins from the egg and tofu. This is a great meal that is both light and very nutritious at the same time.

3. Quinoa & Chickpea Buddha Bowl

The original recipe is from Pick Up Limes, a blog managed by Sadia, a Canadian foodie and Dietetics graduate and my sister was the one who first introduced it to me. I love the look of this dish and it tastes amazing too. Based on my personal preference, I have modified the recipe and here’s what I did.

And these are my three simple salad and Buddha bowl recipes that you can try without much of a hassle. This is great for a weekday meal that is fuss-free while ensuring you feed your body well. You might notice that I did not add salad dressing for the first two recipes and that is because I prefer my salads without them. If you would like to, you could also add your dressing to make the dish your own.

There are many variations you can try with these dishes and I would encourage you to mix and match different ingredients to spice up your meals. If you do not have a certain ingredient in your kitchen, replace it with something else! For those who do not eat garlic and onions, simply remove them from the recipe and it will taste just as good. Do not be restricted by a recipe and have fun trying them!

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