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March 22, 2020
Spring has officially sprung and while we cannot enjoy blooming flora due to full-time self-isolation (duh!!!), we can compensate by bringing spring-y bright colours to our plate bowl. It’s breaking news to no one that food in bowls has been trending for quite some time. You can eat smoothies, burritos and sushi in bowls now. It’s a pretty good trend, we think. Bowl food is easy—you can eat with one hand and text with the other—it looks great on Instagram, and it’s at least 10 percent healthier than food on a plate (don't quote us on this). Plus, why call it a salad when you can call it a Buddha bowl? Now what exactly is a Buddha bowl we asked out loud? “You are one with the universe,” the Buddha bowl cooed. “You have entered a state of bliss. You have ascended to the highest levels of human consciousness, and by the way, you look absolutely stunning today.” We sighed the sigh of the self-satisfied, boosted the saturation on the iPhone photo we just snapped, and dug in.
Okay, okay, okay, we totally made that part up. But whenever people utter these two words to describe deep-rimmed dishes overflowing with vibrant food, we wonder if that’s what's going on for them. So we rolled our sleeves and started looking for more info and this is what we found. The concept of the Buddha bowl is a favorite of yogis and health bloggers, particular those of the vegan persuasion. But what are they, exactly, apart from something we can’t stop seeing each time we scroll through our Instagram feed?
Martha Stewart offers some clues in her book Meatless, which features a Buddha bowl recipe. Written in 2013, it’s one of the earliest Buddha bowl references in print we could find. "With whole grains, plant proteins, and vegetables, this is the ideal vegan one-bowl dish,” claim the editors. Okay, so Buddha bowls are vegan. That’s great to know! But the recipe continues with a caveat: “It's more of a general formula than a hard-and-fast recipe, since you can swap out different ingredients for variety and to make use of whatever you have on hand." Super helpful, Martha.
We kept digging and we kept finding more BB info. “It’s a nourishing meal that’s just little bites of everything.” There should be a portion of grain or starch (rice, barley, millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes, corn or couscous), a smattering of protein (tofu, chickpeas, or beans), and an assortment of various vegetables, both raw and cooked. Artfully arranging the ingredients is key because, well, it looks pretty. And because a Buddha bowl doesn’t technically exist unless it’s photographed, everything is colorful (the palette may help ensure that your bowl is extra healthy.
At their core, Buddha bowls are about “balancing the different types of food that you eat,” and not eating too much of any one thing.
This recipe yields two portions and takes around 15 minutes to make
So did we learn anything here? Whether it’s a Buddha bowl, a bowl of chowder or bowl of mango sorbet, eat whatever makes you feel balanced and happy. And go easy on the Instagram filters, maybe. OH AND ALSO PLEASE STAY HOME!
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February 14, 2020
December 24, 2019
We made it. It’s December 24. Before we break out our January resolution pants, though, we’ve got some healthy and quick holiday cookies to squeeze in.
PSA: making linzer cookies isn't easy. They look and are extra. The shapes. The sandwich technique. The perfect dusting of powdered sugar. Who has time for that when you still need to decorate your Christmas tree which you haven’t bought yet, cook a five course Christmas dinner, wrap your Christmas presents that Amazon delivery guy should deliver today (fingers crossed) and keep your sanity while handling all this Christmas jazz.
December 23, 2019
We can’t believe it’s already time for the December playlist. Scratch that, we can’t believe that Christmas is happening tomorrow! It’s absolutely insane how fast the month — and year — has flown. Are you last minute Xmas cooking? Got all your last minute holiday shopping done? Like with last month’s playlist, here’s hoping this last minute mix of tunes will be a good one to have on in the background as you navigate the days ahead. We’ve included several low key songs this month (perfect for curling up with some cocoa by the fire), as well as plenty of upbeat tracks that’ll energize you to finish that last bit of gift wrapping and cookie making. And, no Christmas carols! (we hate to admit it, but we maxed out on them about a week after Thanksgiving. Total bah humbug, we know.)
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