🎥 How to Master The Buddha Bowl

A buddha bowl cannot be captured by one recipe, it is a concept. Nay, a lifestyle. 

The idea is not to seek out fancy new ingredients or to try to recreate exactly what you see in someone else’s buddha bowl, the beauty of this meal is in the opportunity for creativity and resourcefulness.

Use the odds and ends from the kitchen for this meal. Use up produce that’s about to go bad. Use grains from the back of the pantry, use potatoes from the bag in the garage, or wherever. Use herbs and bounty from the garden. Make it YOURS! Each buddha bowl is unique, impermanent, and an expression of the state of your life, kitchen, and world as it is today. Let there be no rules.

If you need a formula, here’s a general one to use:

Greens + Cooked Veggies + Protein + Grain + Sauce = ❤️

In this video, I show you how to make my favorite simple sauce (garlic, lemon, & tahini) because I find it goes great on just about anything, especially buddha bowls. But there are no rules for sauce either, you could use some peanut sauce, creamy dressing like ranch, or even just some hummus thinned with a little water or lemon juice. Check out more sauce ideas here.


Just kidding, there is no such thing as a recipe for a buddha bowl! But here are some ideas:

Protein Ideas

  • Beans (cooked or canned)
  • Firm or extra firm tofu (cubed)
  • Pre-marinated tempeh (cubed)
  • Quinoa


  • Fresh salad greens (salad mix, sprouts, arugula, spinach, etc.)
  • Dark greens of any kind (baby kale, spinach, swiss chard, “power greens” mix, etc.)

Roasting Veggies

Longer Cooking Veggies (35 min – 1 hr)

  • Butternut squash
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Beets
  • Zucchini
  • Bell peppers
  • Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichokes)
  • Potatoes or sweet potatoes

Quicker Cooking Veggies (10 – 12 min)

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Green beans
  • Button mushrooms

Fresh Veggies

  • Grated carrots or beets
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Shredded cabbage

Sauce Ideas

Garnish Ideas

  • Bean sprouts
  • Nuts
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Fermented goodies like kraut, beets, kimchi

💡 Tips for Bright Line Eaters:

  • Click HERE for a category/weight breakdown for Tahini Sauce
  • This meal is easy to weigh and measure, just add each category separately on your digital food scale, zero-ing the scale between adds.
  • If you want to save your fat serving for avocado or nuts (I don’t blame you) and make this meal oil-free, check out this resource for roasting veggies without oil. 

Some Pretty Pictures for Inspiration:

(P.S. These photos are from around the internet, they are not mine!)

Now go forth and put delicious things in a bowl, pour sauce all over them, and let your heart fill with gratitude and your belly with nourishment. Enjoy!

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