What makes a Buddha bowl so popular? Well, this dish is a balanced meal in a bowl. There are greens, grains, proteins, and so much more. The idea of the Buddha bowl has absolutely nothing to do with the spiritual teachings of the Buddha. But balance seems to be the thing that connects the two. Having a balanced diet is just a healthy way of eating but having balance in your life takes a lot of work. Maybe, you can start to find balance by starting to eat a balanced diet with recipes like this low carb Buddha bowl recipe.
This low carb Buddha bowl recipe is perfect for your low carb diet! It’s an easy and healthy dinner recipe!
A low carb Buddha bowl isn’t hard to make at all. The idea of the bowl is to create a balanced meal that works well together. Each ingredient should work with the next and that could take some practice.
But you will easily be able to eat healthy once you understand how to make a Buddha bowl. The first step is to create a base, then add toppings and this particular recipe even has a sauce.
The bowl you use is totally up to you, it doesn’t matter much. All that matters are the ingredients in the bowl. A standard Buddha bowl comes with foods from each food group except for meat.
This is because the original Buddha bowl was a vegetarian option. But you don’t have to stick to vegan ideas, you could venture out on your own.
The end result will be a healthy recipe that you can use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a healthy snack.
Building a Low Carb Buddha Bowl
There are some rules when making a Buddha bowl, low carb or not. The steps below will help you understand how to make a Buddha bowl. You could make your own version once you understand how to make a basic bowl.
- Grab a bowl.
- Choose your base greens.
- Pick out grains or a substitute for grains like cauliflower rice or quinoa.
- Add colorful veggies, cooked or raw.
- Add a protein (this recipe uses tofu but you could use any protei n you want)
- Sauce it up (we recommend our Lemon Tahini Dressing. Recipe below)
Low Carb Buddha Bowl Ingredients
For Lemon Tahini Sauce
The lemon Tahini sauce is very easy to make and tastes amazing, especially when you add this sauce to your low carb Buddha bowl.
That’s right, this easy, yet amazing sauce is low carb. You will need garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and of course, lemon and tahini.
For the Buddha Bowl
The ingredients of the Buddha bowl itself are interchangeable. Our recipe has specific ingredients but you could change things up as you want.
For example, this specific recipe calls for riced cauliflower. But you could change that cauliflower to quinoa if you want.
The same could be said for the large beet, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, brussels sprouts, tofu, olive oil, and salt and pepper. You could follow this recipe exactly and enjoy it as we meant it as well. There is nothing wrong with either path you choose.
The goal is to make a low carb Buddha bowl. You will need to know how to swap out the ingredients to make it work.
The tofu makes this recipe vegan but you don’t have to eat it like that either. You could replace the tofu with grilled chicken or beef. You could even throw in some bacon bits on top instead of meat slices. Balance is what matters and low carb helps keep it healthy.
Directions for Lemon Tahini Dressing
Combine all ingredients except the water in a small bowl.
Begin to whisk and slowly add in the water until the consistency is smooth and to your liking.
Buddha Bowl Directions
Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet and add cubed tofu.
Season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing every minute or so until it is slightly brown and crisp.
Then set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
In the same skillet, add a little more oil, and place the halved brussels sprouts in the pan.
Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, tossing as you go until the sprouts are seared.
Now it’s time to build your bowl.
Layer the greens and riced cauliflower in the bowl.
Layer the vegetables on top of the greens/cauliflower base.
Add the tofu on top.
Accessorize with the Tahini Lemon dressing.
Low Carb Buddha Bowl
Lemon Tahini Sauce Ingredients
- 1/2 Cup Tahini
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2/3-3/4 Cup Water As needed
- 1 Clove of Garlic Minced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Avocado oil works too
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt Or to taste
- Black Pepper To taste
Buddha Bowl Ingredients
- 1 Cup Greens Whatever greens you like
- 1/2 Cup Riced Cauliflower Or steamed
- 1 Large Beet Cooked or Raw, sliced thin or chopped
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Purple Cabbage
- 1/2 Cup Brussels Sprouts Sliced in half, seared lightly or raw
- 3/4 Cup Firm tofu Cubed
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Could use avocado oil instead
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon Tahini Dressing Directions
- Combine all ingredients except the water in a small bowl.
- Begin to whisk and slowly and add water until smooth and the consistency is to your liking.
Low Carb Buddha Bowl Directions
- Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet and add cubed tofu.
- Season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing every minute or so until it is slightly brown and crisp.
- Then set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
- In the same skillet, add a little more oil, and place the halved brussels sprouts in the pan.
- Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, tossing as you go until the sprouts are seared.
- Now it’s time to build your bowl.
- Layer the greens and riced cauliflower in the bowl.
- Layer the vegetables on top of the greens/cauliflower base.
- Add the tofu on top.
- Accessorize with the Tahini Lemon dressing.