We’re in the middle of Coronavirus right now. With so much uncertainty ahead, one thing I’m doing is making the most of the food I have on hand.

One of my easy go-to meals is a buddha bowl. The thing I love about these bowls are they have no rules!

The term Buddha bowl has come to mean a bowl that’s filled with veggies, grains, beans, and more to YOUR liking!

Ingredients for in the bowl

I always like to have whole grains like quinoa, farro, brown rice, millet, rice noodles,  etc.

Leafy greens and a variety of roasted or air-fried vegetables like sweet potato, peppers, onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and more! I could go on forever about veggies. Use whichever ones you like best!

Beans – garbanzo beans, black beans, edamame, lentils, navy beans, kidney beans  or even lentil pasta!

And, if I’m wanting a little more plant protein, I’ll add things like this baked tofu or tempeh.

Lastly, I always make sure to have a good fat so that my body absorbs all the nutrients from everything else in the bowl.

Think good fat from things like avocado, tahini, nut butter, sauces/dressings or even hummus.

I believe the number one key to make a bowl good is having a sauce or dressing!

Here’s four of my favorite sauces/dressing/hummus to mix in

1. Creamy Garlic Sauce

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Cashews (raw)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 3/4 cup Water (see notes)
  • 1/2 Lemon (just the juice)
  • 2 tsp Oregano

1/4 tsp Salt (optional)

Get the full recipe here

2. Balsamic Infused Hummus

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can Garbanzo beans (13 or 15 oz)
  • 3-4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (Depending on how strong you want it, I made it with 4)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Tamari (Amino Acids work too)
  • 3 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Tahini
  • 2 tbsp Water

Get the full recipe here

3. Dijon Tahini Dressing

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

4. Caesar Dressing

What you’ll need:

Get the full recipe here

4. Tahini Thai Sauce

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Dates (pitted, or other sweetener like 2 tsp of maple syrup)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Tamari (or coconut aminos or soy sauce of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1- inch piece Ginger

Get the full recipe here

If you have a favorite item you love to have in bowls, leave it the comments below! I’m always looking for new things to try out. Get more dressing and sauce ideas here.