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Buddha bowls – a new-old way to healthy eating!

Plates are history; Buddha bowls are the latest trend.

 

Buddha bowls are reviving an age-old custom and becoming the latest trend in healthy, one dish convenience. The chosen ingredients, usually vegetarian or vegan, are piled decoratively into a bowl, a sauce poured over and it’s ready to eat. Some people believe the name comes from the comfortable round paunches of Buddha statues, others say it derives from a monk’s begging bowl. Whichever theory you subscribe to, you’ll agree that Buddha bowls stands for mindful eating and foods that are fresh and unprocessed.

Delicious combinations cut out boredom

There are no limits to the combinations of different ingredients. Use your imagination to fill your bowl with ever-varying mixes of your favourite foods. Of course, you want your bowl to be filled with fresh and healthy things, but the result should be good to look at too, with a mix of colours, shapes and textures, raw foods and cooked, cold and hot. You can be authentic and eat with chopsticks, or be practical and use a fork. Whichever you choose, cut the foods into bite-size chunks. Don’t mix them as you would a conventional salad, instead make small piles of the different ingredients. It will all look wonderful.

Infinite variety of ingredients

Here are some suggestions for filling your bowl. Start by lining the bowl with fresh green leaves, like lettuce, rucola, lambs' lettuce, baby spinach or steamed kale. Into this you pile cooked brown rice, glass noodles, couscous or bulgur. Next add a selection of fresh vegetables, like grated carrot, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, roast sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, red cabbage and marinated baked courgettes. A Buddha bowl is also a great way to use up leftovers from the day before – think pasta, hard-boiled eggs, cooked tofu, meat patties, chicken, fish or prawns.

 

Add a topping – sprouted seeds, pine kernels, toasted nuts, avocado or olives. Finally, but only at the last minute, pour a dressing over your bowl. This could be homemade pesto, yoghurt cream with herbs, or a crunchy peanut sauce. Don’t forget freshly chopped herbs, garlic or a hot chilli paste if that’s what you like.

Buddha bowls instead of the company canteen

Buddha bowl food is ideal for taking to work. Invest in a plastic bowl with a clip-on lid, or use a small preserving jar with a wire clip, or a screw-top jar. Take the dressing or dips separately in a small container and pour them over just before you eat to keep ingredients as crisp as possible. Buddha bowls are the perfect solution for a nutritious, money-saving lunch.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.bzfe.de