New Blog Post Series: Easy & Healthy Vegan Treats
Hello beautiful people!
I recently got a lot of messages from you asking me for easy and quick whole-food plant-based recipes, especially since my guest post on Tiny Buddha 'How I Got Stronger and Healthier After Giving Up Animal Products'. This is the reason, I started a new blog topic series called 'Easy & Healthy Vegan Treats'. I'll regularly add recipes to this section covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Doesn't matter if you're following a whole-food plant-based diet or not, all recipes are easily customizable. Simply adjust them so your food choices fit your lifestyle.
Maybe you're just curious what this whole-food plant-based thing is all about or maybe you want to switch things up in the kitchen. Whatever the reason, I hope, you'll enjoy my foodie posts. I like meals, that I can prepare fast using simple ingredients. The less processed food and refined sugar is in my kitchen, the better my body and mind feel. So naturally, all of my food posts are just that: easy and simple. If you got any questions or just wanna say hi, simply shoot me an e-mail or comment below. I read all of your messages and try to answer them all.
Looking for a quick and healthy homemade meal? You'll LOVE Buddha Bowls!
Today, I'd like to introduce to you... the Buddha Bowl! Ever heard of it? Buddha Bowls are EVERYWHERE right now. They pop up in my instagram feed all the time (probably because I follow all those beautiful vegan foodie accounts haha) and my pinterest is full of them. The amazing thing about Buddha Bowls is: They're not just really pretty to look at but also fairly easy and quick to prepare!
It might take you some practice until they look like the gorgeous ones on social media (there's some more inspo from my fav instagram accounts further below), but the great news is: It doesn't matter how they look like, they taste awesomely good, are healthy, super easy to make and won't break the bank. You probably even have a lot of ingredients already at home.
But wait a minute - why the name Buddha Bowl?
I did a bit of digging, because ever since the Buddha Bowl trend started, I was wondering about the name of this specific dish. Will I be instantly more Zen when eating a Buddha Bowl? Is it a meal to be consumed right after meditating? This is what I found out: The Buddha did actually eat from a bowl. He apparently followed the routine of waking up right before dawn and carrying his bowl through the streets of the village he was staying. People, he passed by, would donate food, they could afford to share, and put it into his bowl.
In the end, he would have a bowl full of quite healthy local food (since this was waaaay before anybody had ever heard of processed food and only organic stuff was available - how ironic). The ingredients of the bowl were most likely super simple - veggies, rice, curries... whatever was there to share. So this is it people, the story of the original Buddha Bowl.
Or maybe it's just a story. I'm not sure, since I didn't find any definite references. Maybe the bowls are named after Buddha to introduce more balance into our lives, since balance is a a big part of leading a healthy spiritual life. Balance also means not too eat too much or too little of anything in particular. This is a concept that you can realize easily when creating a Buddha Bowl. So use whatever makes you feel happy and balanced.
How to prepare a Buddha Bowl
Here's an overview of all ingredients I used for the Buddha Bowl, you see in the picture. It's only a suggestion, get as creative as you like, there are really no rules or restrictions here. Buddha Bowls are about keeping things simple, so whatever you have in the fridge will do. It doesn't even matter if the ingredients are raw, roasted, steamed or cooked - prepare it the way YOU like. Whichever diet you follow, go ahead and use the ingredients you want to. There's no judgement here.
Nina's Buddha Bowl Ingredients
- Pre-cooked quinoa
- Cherry tomatoes
- Stuffed green olives
- Yummy ripe Hass Avocado
- Pre-cooked chickpeas
- Cold stir-fried veggies (left-overs): Bell peppers, corn, mushrooms
Other ingredients I love to use:
- Beans in all forms and sizes
- Pre-cooked lentils
- Spinach leaves
- Zucchini noodles
- Pre-cooked butternut squash squares
- Sweet potato fries
- Shredded carrots
- Brown rice
- Steamed broccoli
Buddha Bowl Preparation
And now to the fun part: Get creative! I personally prefer using a bowl, which is not too small and not too big; cereal bowls work best for me. Once you're done cutting/draining/washing/cooking/whatever your ingredients, arrange them in a way, so each has its own section within the bowl. Put different colors next to each other, the more colorful, the better - especially, if you want to take mouthwatering pictures!
If you also use a big item like an avocado, you could either cut it in little squares, or make a yummy guacamole, or arrange it in a way, that you can put it right in the middle of your Buddha Bowl. I chose to create an Avocado Rose. When I looked up the directions on how to do that, I was surprised, how shockingly easy it is. Wanna see how I did it? Here's my short step-by-step 'How to make an Avocado Rose'. If you're a fan of toppings, sprinkle your bowl with sesame seeds or some mixed nuts. I normally use a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar as dressing. Enjoy and bon appétit!
Here's some more inspiration from two of my favorite vegan foodie instagram accounts 🙂
Have fun and let me know, how you like your Buddha Bowl the best?