When people use the words “Buddha bowl” to describe deep-rimmed dishes overflowing with vibrant meatless food, I’m half excited and half irritated. Excited because it’s going to be a fabulous taste explosion. Irritated because I’m expecting them to start saying namaste to everything. It means hello/goodbye and not a word more! But that’s a different rant for a different day. Bottom line – I love a good garbanzo Buddha bowl.
A garbanzo Buddha bowl is so easy to make. Any Buddha bowl is for that matter. They’re healthy and an amazing array of fresh flavors coming together for one spectacular meal. They tend to be large, hearty, yet light, and healthy. I don’t tend to eat much vegan fare but when it comes to a good bowl, I’m sold. Meat or no meat, cheese or no cheese. With their growing popularity I’ve even seen a number of these bowls offered with meat, which is a nice option. The thing I love about making these is that when I have a variety of people visiting I can make the base bowl and then just throw on a meat or fish on top for those that want it, and everyone’s happy with the food.
Now, the real question is what exactly is a Buddha bowl and why do they call it that. I’ve read blog after blog and there are a lot of theories that culminate to: It’s a bowl with whole grains, plant proteins, and vegetables, this is the ideal vegan one-bowl dish. So, Buddha bowls are vegan, except that now, you can find them with cheese and even meat depending on where you go. So it’s a general formula than a hard-and-fast recipe. As to why it’s called that, I believe, like people in the mindful space will tell you, even with food it’s about balance and harmony, which is a thought pervasive throughout Buddhism…and then it became corporatized, and now it’s culturally appropriated as a spiritual term is taken out of context. Much like yoga..oh boy two rants in one post.
My thoughts aside about yoga, namaste, and cultural appropriation these bowls are fantastic!
Seriously, it means hello! Many places in the country it means hello and good-bye. That’s it! I struggle to keep my brass knuckles in my purse when I run into people that try to tell me about their spiritual journey with their yogi. Yogi being their yoga instructor and how they’ve just learnt to say namaste to things. To the point where their insta posts have the #namaste. Theoretically, sure, you can say hello and goodbye to things. But the chances of their yoga teacher being a yogi? Or them having the concept that it’s no different than hi, aloha, hola, etc.? About as likely as I am to sprout feathers and fly south for the winter.
A couple more lunch ideas:
4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories1225
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 9.6g 48%
- Sodium 143mg 6%
- Potassium 2288mg 66%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 31.4g 126%
- Sugars 18g
- Protein 31.4g 63%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.