I’ve been seeing buddha bowls pop up on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts for quite a while now. Beautiful bowls packed full of healthy and delicious food. They are my kind of lunch and Finn loves them too, especially if I leave out the ingredients for him to make his own.
The urban dictionary definition of a Buddha bowl is “a bowl packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top, much like a Buddha.” A packed full bowl – Finn’s ideal lunch!
I don’t really follow a recipe when making buddha bowls, often the makeup of the bowl depends on the food I have to hand. I do try to make sure I have a good balance of starches, protein and vegetables. I usually like to throw in some fruit too, to make it more appealing to the kids.
To make a buddha bowl for kids try to include a balance of food types using foods that your kids love. Here are a few ingredients that work well.
- Starches – Roasted sweet potato, roasted potato, quinoa, rice, couscous, barley, noodles
- Protein – chickpeas, beans, lentils, peas, edamame (I’m sure buddha bowls are usually vegetarian but you could also add meat of your choice for protein)
- Vegetables – peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, beetroot, carrots (roasted or grated), cucumber
- Fruit – Avocado, tomatoes, nectarine slices, peach slices, apple slices, persimmon slices, orange segments, pineapple chunks, dried fruit
- Dressing / topping – favourite dressing, natural yoghurt, guacamole, hummus
- Extras – crushed nuts, seeds