If you’ve been on Instagram for any amount of time then I’m sure you have seen just about every rendition of the popular “Buddha Bowl”. No idea why or how this trend is all of a sudden becoming a thing, as it has been my typical lunch for years now. A Buddha Bowl is essentially a hearty, filling dish made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice.
Growing up in a house that revolved around food, we spent the majority of our time in the kitchen watching my mother cook. My siblings and I have learned to love and eat just about every vegetable under the sun, but feeding a family of seven is never an easy task.
What made lunch time a lot more doable, is a simple recipe formula that my mom has completely mastered and passed onto her now adult children. All credit for my yummy lunches go to her and she’s been doing it for a lot longer than before Instagram was a thing.
Keep reading to get the easiest recipe for a Healthy, filling and delicious lunch, that you can prep ahead of time.
Plus THE BEST salad dressing ever.
The Veggie Preparation
I usually use whatever vegetables I have on hand. My favorite combination is onions, carrots, sweet potato and some garlic cloves. Lay all the vegetables out on the tray and coat with oil (whichever you prefer, I use cold pressed coconut oil). Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder and toss all the veggies.
Place in the oven for 30-45 mins at 400 degrees, until the veggies are brown and roasted.
The Bowl Base
I use a base of greens, usually romaine lettuce. You can also use of base of whatever grain you enjoy, brown rice and quinoa are great options. Toss your base of choice in the dressing and plate it up until the veggies are ready. Add the roasted veggies to your base and top with your choice of cheese (feta, parmesan or vegan varieties), sunflower seeds and hemp seeds (extra protein) and extra dressing if needed.
1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Parts Olive Oil
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tsp Honey
Black Pepper and Salt to taste
Whisk all together and store in a glass bottle