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Why I'm loving making Buddha bowls for dinner!

Vegan-bowls

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with dinners, week after week, after week, after week. You know how it goes. An average of 30 dinners per month that you need to figure out what to make, unless you are going to be doing a lot of dining out. Most people get stuck in a rut and want to try something else. My new thing is making "Buddha bowls" for dinner once a week. Making a healthy dinner Buddha bowl makes the food more interesting, and it looks great in the bowl.

Some people refer to them as hippie bowls or macro bowls, but a Buddha bowl is just a healthy dinner that is served in a shallow bowl. I have two larger ones for me and my husband, and then I found some nice smaller size ones at Old Time Pottery in Daytona Beach for the kids. They are the perfect size for them and they were only around $2 each.

The great thing about making bowls is that you can get creative with what you put into it. You want to add a protein, grain, and veggies, but you can also drizzle a sauce over the top, and you can change up what you put into it each time. You can make themed bowls (Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, etc.), or you can have some of your favorites in there. I love to use quinoa, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and couscous when making mine.

Here's the interesting thing - my kids seem to love the Buddha bowls and eat everything I put in it. Yet I can put the same things on a plate and they won't be as excited. So once a week, it's bowl night, where I make a healthy dinner bowl recipe of my own creating (although I do have a bowl cookbook I used it for ideas, but haven't used one recipe in it yet). I arrange it in the bowl so that it looks nice and dinner is served!

Above is a picture of the vegan Buddha bowl that we had last night, which contains gardein beefless tips, quinoa, mix of steamed spinach/chard/kale, and roasted cauliflower. Delicious, easy to make, and nutritious!

- Jacqueline

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