I have big bowl goals for the year and this Sesame Ginger Mushroom Buddha Bowl has me ringing in the new year eating more plants with less meal-making stress. That’s a win-win! In fact, the abundance of veggies and no-rules, carefree creation, are the two things I love most about making Buddha bowls, grain bowls, harvest bowls, macro bowls our whatever other name you might call these balanced and beautifully easy meals.
How to make Buddha Bowls
So, what makes a great bowl? Really anything that speaks to you, most often used are whole grains like brown rice, quinoa or even sweet potatoes; leafy greens and an assortment of vegetables; traditional and/or plant-based proteins; healthy fats like nuts, seeds, hummus or avocado; and a delicious dressing to wrap all the flavors up! You are only limited by your imagination and guided by your taste buds!
Trend-spotters have named mushrooms as one of the “it” vegetables of the year, so I thought it would be tasty and totally on point to include a variety (portabella, button and shitake) in my bowl. Immediately, I knew that Sesame Ginger Dressing & Marinate, with its fresh ginger and light soy, would maximize the flavors of my roasted mushrooms and also be a delicious finishing touch drizzled atop the whole bowl.
In addition to mushrooms, this Sesame Ginger Mushroom Buddha Bowl features spinach, carrots, cauliflower, broccolini, avocado and edamame --- however, feel free to omit and/or swap with your favorites. Often, I will use up the bits of fresh vegetables and cooked leftovers in my fridge, but if the produce drawer is bare, I’ve found it economical to get just a little of “this” and a little of “that” by hitting the salad bar.
I’ve used freekeh, an ancient grain, as the base for my bowl. Freekeh is a good source of plant protein and fiber, plus is low on the glycemic index. However, if you need a gluten-free option, use quinoa or brown rice instead. Spinach was my leafy green of choice, but bok choy, shredded cabbage or even kale would be yummy choices.
After preparing the grain, roasting mushrooms, and lightly steaming most veggies, it’s just a matter of arranging everything in the bowl and drizzling with Sesame Ginger Dressing. Enjoy!