The internet loves Buddha Bowls right now—and for good reason! No matter which way you mix it, these deliver with laser focus a healthy, creative and healthy meal. Chances are you’ve seen these beauties with your own eyes: a compilation of all the nutritious foods we love in one flavor-packed bowl.
For most, this is going to look like vegetables, whole grains, jazzed-up legumes and bright dressings. For Paleo, we need to tweak the traditional bowl just a touch. Though — spoiler alert — I’ll bet you’ve actually been doing this for a while now and didn’t realize it.
Cause is it the actual “Buddha Bowl” we’re after or the concept? The concept being a collection of tasty, nutritious ingredients lovingly placed together in an oversized bowl each tucked in separate, but knowing how wonderfully complimentary they’ll be as one. So serendipitous. So balanced. So… easy!
Prepare to learn yet another way you are awesome.
You guys! We’ve been doing this for a while now in Paleo, but instead of bowls we’ve been using plates! By now you have a copy of Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan, right? (*And everyone nods yes*). Know her approach to easy meal prep called “hot plates”? Well it’s essentially the same thing.
Choose a variety of meats, vegetables, crunchy things for texture, and a killer sauce. Organize the items on a plate (or bowl) and enjoy! In true “hot plates” spirit, we do this a lot with our leftovers.
Here are some examples of how we rock the same concept of a Buddha Bowl and make it Paleo.
Paleo Fiesta Buddha Bowl
You can make this at home with the following recipes:
Paleo Ranch Buddha Bowl
Toss this one together with the following:
- Mixed greens
- Fresh broccoli florets
- 2 hard-cooked eggs sliced into wedges
- Preferred meatballs
- Paleo-approved Ranch dressing (I used Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch, but you can always make your own like this one from my friend over at Meatified.com)
Paleo Breakfast Buddha Bowl
You know how you like to use dinner leftovers for breakfast the next day? This is how I turned that Paleo Fiesta Buddha Bowl into a breakfast Buddha Bowl!
- leftover roasted cauliflower
- leftover Spicy Lime Sweet Potato Mash
- handful of mixed greens
- store-bought salsa
- two sausage patties (I tend to buy my bulk sausage from Whole Foods)
- two fried eggs
Paleo Pork Breakfast Buddha Bowl
How about another breakfast option? Cause leftovers for breakfast is pretty much our super power these days.
- leftover tomatillo braised chicken (2 pounds chicken thighs + 12 oz tomatillo salsa + 6 hours low in slow cooker)
- crispy smashed potatoes
- two scrambled eggs
- handful of mixed greens
So when you’re setting out to build a Paleo Buddha Bowl, use this check list:
Start with veggies
Paleo is allll about the veggies (but you already know this). Load your bowl (or plate) with roasted squash, dark leafy greens, shredded cabbages or Brussels sprouts, pickled green beans, sautéed carrots, top-not sauerkraut, mashed cauliflower or sweet potatoes… it’s a beautiful thing.
While the traditional Buddha Bowl leans vegetarian, if not vegan, for a Paleo version we will need to add one or two animal-based protein items. Head’s up: this is an excellent want to remix dinner leftovers! chicken, shrimp, egg, pork or beef.
Buddha Bowls know how to hit all the different textures we love: crunchy, creamy, chewy…
Nuts, dried fruit, crushed chicharrones (I like this brand)
Since we’ll be passing on the dairy-based dressings, let’s focus on the awesome alternatives we have at our fingertips.
- a dash of hot sauce
- a splash of coconut aminos
- squeeze of citrus
- mayo with a spoonful of your favorite spice blend (this brand is reliable)
- pre-made salsa
- squeaky-clean store bought dressings (I love Tessemae’s)
Not as fast:
- fresh-made mayo
- a quick chop through fresh herbs
- tahini- or nut-butter-based dressings from scratch
Feeling inspired yet?? Here are some recipes that can help you own this Paleo Buddha Bowl business this week!
Market Salad with Lemon Chicken from Stupid Easy Paleo
Eggroll in a Bowl from Paleo Foodie Kitchen
Pulled Pork Taco Salad (Homemade Paleo Chipotle Salad) from Anya’s Eats
Chorizo Breakfast Bowl from Anya’s Eats
Winter Harvest Salad with Avocado Citrus Dressing from Anya’s Eats
Chicken Buddha Bowl with Spicy Mango Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Paleo Plantain Salmon Power Bowl from Whitty Paleo
Chicken Fajita Bowl with Cauliflower Rice from Flavour & Savour
Spicy Pineapple Grilled Chicken Buddha Bowl from Athletic Avocado
Roasted Root Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Maple Cinnamon Tahini Dressing from The Roasted Root
Grain Free Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowl from Tasting Page
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