Buddha Bowl with Sesame Brittle

Buddha Bowl with Sesame Brittle

A Nourishing Meal

Buddha bowls are a nourishing and balanced plant-based meal, packed with healthy whole foods like grains, vegetables, legumes, and seeds. As we fill our bowl with compassion and care, we can nourish our body and spirit.

Choosing Ingredients Mindfully

When selecting ingredients, consider organic, seasonal and local produce when possible. This supports sustainable agriculture. Choose whole grains like brown rice or quinoa over processed options.

Preparing the Components

Roast vegetables to bring out their natural sweetness: cauliflower, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts. Cook your grains and beans from scratch or use canned for convenience. Include bright toppings like radish, carrot or beet.

Assembling a Balanced Meal

Layer your grains or greens, roasted veggies, beans or lentils, fresh herbs and toppings like seeds or avocado in a bowl. Feel free to get creative with combinations!

Mindful Eating for Wellbeing

When you sit down for your meal, take a moment to appreciate the nourishing food before you. As you taste each component, notice the flavors and textures. Allow yourself to fully enjoy this act of self-care.


What are some good add-ins for texture?

Some delicious add-ins for texture include toasted nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or hemp seeds. You can also top your bowl with crunchy vegetables like radish, cucumber or carrot.

Can I make it gluten-free?

Yes, Buddha bowls can easily be made gluten-free. Simply choose grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet or buckwheat instead of wheat-based options. And check ingredient labels for gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce.

Do the ingredients need to be roasted?

It’s not essential to roast the vegetables, but doing so caramelizes their natural sugars and brings out delicious, sweet flavor. Quick roast chopped veggies tossed with a bit of oil for 20-25 mins at 400°F.

Can I meal prep my Buddha bowls?

Absolutely! Roast your veggies and cook your grains and beans in advance. Store components separately and assemble your bowl just before eating. Adding fresh greens and toppings just before eating prevents sogginess.

What’s a good dressing?

For the dressing, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice or rice vinegar, tamari or soy sauce, maple syrup, and garlic. You can also use tahini or nut butter-based dressings. Get creative with herbs and spices!