How To Build A Filling Buddha Bowl

We've seen these all over the place;  Power bowls, buddha bowls, even burrito bowls. I love them - and you should too! There are no RULES for making one of these but I know it can often be confusing.

Common questions you might ask yourself when considering a buddha bowl: Did you add enough veggies? Is there a protein? Do I need a dressing? Will I feel full?

Buddha bowls are a SUPER easy way to get in awesome plant-based protein, tons of healthy and energy packed foods, PLUS hide your greens. You can bulk them up as much as you’d like or keep it simple. Buddha bowls are my favorite way to use up random produce and ingredients I have around the house between grocery shopping trips. Let’s break down how I like to make the PERFECT buddha bowl.

How to make a filling and delicious buddha bowl

build-a-perfect-buddha bowl

step 1: Choose a base

A base of green is so important because it’s your opportunity to sneak in some nutrient dense foods that you may not otherwise eat unless you’re a big salad person. My favorite to use is a small amount of romaine with a few handfuls of spinach. YUM!

Step 2: Add grains or starches

In this step you will decide how filling you want your bowl to be. I like to add some sort of bean and grain so it will satisfy and satiate me until my next meal. My favorites are chickpeas and quinoa. Both are high in protein which is an added bonus!

READ: 19 Plant-Based Proteins To Try

Step 3: add vegetables of choice

Here you can add whatever vegetables you love and have on hand. Asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, and more are great options! TIP: Eat what’s in season for added nutrients (and cheaper cost!)

Psst: be sure to download your FREE Buddha Bowl Guide at the bottom of this page!

Step 4: top with nuts/seeds/something with crunch

If you know anything about me you’ll know that I LOVE hemp hearts. I add them to everything! Other things I would add to a buddha bowl are pine nuts, almond slivers, or even homemade chickpea croutons.

Step 5: dress with sauce and spices

Do you need to use a dressing? No. I actually rarely do. Instead, I top my bowl with hummus, a little lemon juice, and avocado. This adds some good healthy fats and delicious flavor.

Your Free guide is just a scroll away! keep going!


Yay! you found the freebie!

Are you ready to give this buddha bowl thing a try? Yes? Awesome! Download your free guide below!

Interested in going plant-based or trying more plant focused recipes? You might like checking out these other posts!