You have probably seen these colorful bowls full of grains and veggies, often called Buddha bowls because they resemble the begging bowl of Buddhist monks filled with small food donations from the people they meet on their journeys. They’re a great way to eat quick and healthy.

This basic recipe makes 4 servings.

Basics of a Macro Bowl:

  • 2 cups Cooked Grain – like brown rice, quinoa, couscous, farro, cauliflower rice
  • 1 cup Cooked Vegetables – like beets, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cauliflower
  • 1 cup Raw Vegetables – like radishes, carrots, cucumbers
  • 2 cups Chopped Greens – like kale, chard, collards, cabbage
  • 1 cup Legumes – like peas, beans, edamame, chickpeas, lentils, tofu
  • 1 cup Pickled vegetables – like kraut, kimchi, any pickled vegetable

Finishing Touches:

  • Sauce – like peanut sauce, tahini, citrus vinaigrette, green goddess dressing, cilantro lime dressing, your favorite hummus, zaatar spread, or a drizzle of sesame oil & soy sauce
  • Chopped Scallions sprinkled on top to garnish
  • Cooked Egg – steam for six minutes, peel, cut in half and top your bowl (optional)

You can prepare components ahead of time and assemble your bowl when you need to. Everything can be kept in the refrigerator.

I think the beauty of these (apart from the fact that they are visually attractive), is that you can customize them to whatever is available seasonally and pick up almost everything you need at the Market on Saturday.