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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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