After a gluttonous last few weeks, our team has been pinning easy clean eating recipes like crazy. While some of us find cooking to be rather stressful, the foodies and enthusiasts of the bunch consider it to be their daily escape. They find it to be equal parts creative and enjoyable, describing it as “an easy thing to get into” with some even calling it “therapeutic.”
But as ideal as being able to cook every day sounds, most of us can barely find the time to eat three meals a day, let alone prepare one gourmet feast. Being too busy almost always means that when it comes to the food we eat, we’re quick to compromise nourishment and all the good stuff in exchange for convenience and instant gratification.
So we looked outside to other workplaces to find the people who seem like they have their lives together (aka are capable of making and bringing their own lunches to work every day). And we finally found an answer that made sense to us: the Buddha Bowl.
Foodies and newbs agree that no one is too busy for these easy clean eating recipes.
You may know them as market or hippie blows, but Buddha bowls are simple yet hearty dishes of various ingredient groups with lots of room for variety. Depending on your preference (or which recipe you choose to follow), there are numerous ways to assemble your bowl. But should you ever feel like winging it, the basic formula is always the same. Here’s the one we like to follow:
Your choice of a Base + Veggies + Protein + Complex Carb + A Little Something Extra + Healthy Fats or Dressing = Buddha Bowl Bliss
So why do we love these so much? Well, if you already love to cook, Buddha bowls will save you time while letting you still experiment and get creative, even if you have one every single day of the week. And if you’re a newb when it comes to making your own food, they are the perfect stepping-stone into the world of eating clean (and instagrammable food shots).
To build your bowl, just add at least one ingredient from each list below. These ingredients are just suggestions so feel free to modify as you please.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this but if you find yourself getting too caught up on “how much” of each thing to include, try these proportions:
- 10% green base
- 20% veggies
- 20% protein
- 20% complex carbs
- 15% extra something
- 15% healthy fats / dressing
Not ready to wing it just yet? Try some of our favorite recipes:
- Tropical Buddha Bowl, Montmorency Tart Cherries
- Tuna and Bacon Quinoa Bowl with Lemony Vinaigrette, Allergy Free Alaska
- Market Bowl With Fried Egg and Almond-tamari Sauce, Clean Food Dirty City
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls, Fit Foodie FindsForbidden Rice Buddha Bowl with Crispy Tofu, Natural Girl Modern World
- ‘super fresh’ cookbook’s beach buddha bowl, Püre Body NutritionThe Vegan Buddha Bowl, Well and Full
- Green Goddess Glow Blow, The Glowing Fridge
- Mushroom Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Smashed Avocado and Parsley Almond Pesto, Kale Me Maybe
- Spicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus + Ranch Hummus, Half Baked Harvest
So there you have it. Buddha bowls are a win-win and we’re big fans. If you’re looking for a new hobby or urban island, give cooking a whirl and start with an easy bowl that you can show off at work (or on Instagram). If you already enjoy making your own food, the Buddha bowl is your answer to quick and healthy dishes to incorporate into your busy week. As one of our favorite easy clean eating recipes, it’s the kind of balance you didn’t even know you were looking for.
Is cooking your urban island? Or are you already a Buddha bowl fan? We’re always looking for new ways to try things we already Let us know what your favorite recipe combos are in the comments below.
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