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Tofu Buddha Bowl With Miso Dressing

Buddha bowls, as they are often called on social media, are everywhere. Typically presented in a Zen-like fashion, these brightly colored, artfully arranged bowls consist of a cornucopia of vegetables and/or proteins that are eye-catching at first glance. If you ask me, Buddha bowls are works of art that can make you feel healthier just by glancing at images of them.

The best part about Buddha bowls generally is that there are no hard-and-fast rules for what constitutes how to make one. Also referred to as “grain bowls”, “macro bowls”, “hippie bowls” and “power bowls”, the main rule of thumb in making one is,  just go with what you like to eat or even better, what you have on hand.tofu buddha bowl

According to Dan Zigmond, a Zen priest and author of the book “, the name “Buddha bowl” may actually have a literal origin.  Zigmond states, “Buddha woke up before dawn every morning and carried his bowl through the roads or paths wherever he was staying. Local people would place food in his bowl as a donation, and at the end, he would eat whatever he had been given.”

I provide a recipe below for a favorite easy Buddha bowl I love, but the basic steps for making your own are as follows; (1) pick your grain or leafy green depending on your preference, (2) add your favorite toppings, slice and dicing them to your heart’s content, (3) add a protein, lean meats, beans or tofu, and (4) finish your bowl with a drizzling (big or small) of your favorite dressing on top. Considered an easy, one-bowl meal for those on the run or simply looking to mix things up a bit in the kitchen without much effort at all. This Buddha bowl can be served warm or at room temperature, whatever you prefer.

tofu buddha bowl

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Tofu Buddha Bowl With Miso Dressing"

  1. I like the name as Buddha bowl. I can see how healthy this would be. Perfect for those who are in a vegan/vegetarian diet!

    1. Thanks for your comment Holly. These are fun healthy ways to mix things up food-wise, a great use of leftovers as well!

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