There’s no doubt about it, Buddha Bowls have taken the world by storm. These bowls of highly nutritious, edible offerings come in a variety of formats but you’ll almost always find a balanced combination of vegetables, proteins and healthy grains. Add to that some superfoods, marinated or pickled ingredients and seeds, nuts and microgreens for colour and crunch and you have a winning combination of freshness and flavour.
Help-yourself Buddha bowl bars are a wonderful way to encourage conversation, they’re a superb ice breaker and an outstanding reason to celebrate seasonal produce and artisanal ingredients.
While a Buddha Bowl lunch or dinner party is certainly an on-trend option for hosts-in-the-know, what’s even better is the fact that they offer guests and hosts a chance to indulge healthily! What better way to share your veggie garden’s latest offerings, your latest food market finds and empty your fridge than with a convivial Buddha Bowl party?
What’s in a Buddha Bowl
There are no hard and fast rules to making a Buddha Bowl, but this guide will help you create one that’s beautifully balanced and most importantly – nutrient dense.
1. PREP & PLAN
Before you set off to the market or the shops, first see what you’ve got in your fridge or pantry. The beauty of Buddha Bowls is that you don’t need enormous amounts of ingredients – they’re a chance to use up and combine ingredients in interesting ways.
2. SEASON’S BEST
Have a look at what’s in season and build your Buddha Bowl bar selection around that – be it winter greens, sun ripened summer tomatoes or crunchy spring beans.
3. MAKE AHEAD
You can cook items like grains and chicken the night before your party and veggies can be sliced and stored in the fridge beforehand too.
4. KITCHENWARE IN THE MIX
Just as Buddha Bowls are a mix of different shaped and coloured ingredients and components, a Buddha Bowl bar can be a visually appealing mix of kitchen and serving ware. Put out a selection of Multi-Bowls, Ramekins and Cocottes piled high with ingredients – moving from grains to your greens and beans or proteins. Serve warm ingredients straight from the stove to the table in a Signature Round Casserole or Skillet Grill – this approach is authentic and stays true to the principles of what-you-see-is-what-you-eat.
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