The Versatile Buddha Bowl

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Buddha bowls are a versatile, healthy, fun way to eat. The main ingredient is rice or noodles, and after that you can add anything you want. I add fresh greens if I have them—spinach, kale, arugula, whatever you have and whatever you like. And I add some protein and a combination of veggies, whatever I have on hand. I try to use a variety of textures and colors. Finally, drizzle the bowl with some kind of flavor—liquid aminos, tahini, veggie broth, stir fry sauce, lemon juice—again, whatever you have and whatever you like.

This particular bowl consisted of:

A bed of fresh spinach
A couple spoonfuls of short-grain brown rice (cooked, leftover)
A handful of canned black beans (rinsed and drained)
A handful of frozen corn kernels
A handful of teriyaki tofu, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
A drizzle of liquid aminos
A drizzle of stir-fry sauce

Warmed that for about a minute-and-a-half in the microwave, then topped with:

A handful of chopped purple cabbage
A handful of chopped tamari almonds

Try different combinations and see what you like!

If you live in New England, try the bowls at Life Alive Cafe. They are located in Salem. Lowell, and Cambridge, Mass. I had a delicious meal at the Lowell location a few weeks ago and I’ve been inspired to make my own ever since.

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