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My friend eats a Buddha bowl quite often so I figured she knows what makes a Buddha bowl such a healthy meal choice.

It’s a nourishing meal that’s just little bites of everything. My friend been eating vegan for just over two years, so obviously her bowls follow suit. Her preferred elements include a restrained portion of grain or starch (rice, barley, millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes, or corn), a smattering of protein (tofu, chickpeas, or beans), and an assortment of various vegetables, both raw and cooked.

Artfully arranging the ingredients is key because, well, it looks pretty. And because a Buddha bowl doesn’t technically exist unless it’s photographed.

Everything is colorful (the palette may help ensure that your bowl is extra healthy. The more varied the color in the food that you eat, the more nutrients you’re getting. “I like to get a little bit of orange, red, and green. And don’t forget white and crispy.

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Once you master making a simple meal in your own kitchen, there’s no reason why you can’t spread that same care to your buddha bowl pursuits.

and the planet too. If I spend a little time preparing and photographing the meals, you will feel better. It makes one feel like one’s doing something good that makes a difference.

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Buddha Bowl with a peanut sauce

A bare-bones meal plan is ideal for single people looking to go vegan or avoid animal products, but as half of your total intake will be coming in from outside sources, a filling well-stocked pantry (full of fresh and hearty foods) can help ease the transition.

Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce

My pantry is an absolute playground. You can frequently combines items from different pantries to keep things fresh, something simple is key. If it looks like pasta, she’ll eat it, even if she admits that her main hope for the time being is to get “as close to vegan as you can get on pasta.”

Gluten Free Rainbow rice Buddha Bowl recipe

There are so many options: zoodles (zucchini noodles), bulgur wheat, chickpeas, bean flat noodles, diced tomatoes, blasts of chili powder, alligator pepper (lots of cayenne), rice, quinoa, and more.

Rainbow Rice Buddha Bowl

Think of your pantry as a refrigerator on a much larger scale. A space for every type of delicious (ish) food imaginable.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Look at your pantry and think about what you like and what you can do with it. If you’re open-minded, you’ll probably find a good recipe you hadn’t tried before.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Buddha Bowl

If your commitment to the cause is rock solid and you’re not too hung up on sounding like a (plant-based) vegan, and don’t give yourself too many culinary come-backs, there’s no reason why your pandemic solo cooking needs to stop.

Winter Buddha Bowl with miso tahini dressing

By pairing easy meals with creative out-of-home photography, you’ll have way more fun than snapping a family pic and scrolling through Insta all day.

Buddha Bowl with Miso Tahini

And while there’s a large vegan crowd in SF, there are many other ways to support the movement and ensure your dietary preferences align with the ones you want to see in the world.

Vegan Falafel Buddha Bowl creamy avocado dressing

“Photography takes food photography to a whole other level,” said Mindy. “It’s like magic. You feel so much closer to it.”

Buddha Bowl with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Mindy is a serious photojournalist who enjoys the trade-off of capturing the moment without being forced to participate, though her photo growler never fails.

Gluten Free + Vegan Lemon and Herb Tofu Bowl

“I’m obsessed with food photography because it forces me to dig into a dish a little deeper and reconnect with how it is made,” said Mindy. “There’s something so intimate about taking that first bite.”

Lemon and Herb Tofu Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl, which is basically an interesting mix of rice, a grain, and veggies, topped with a sauce or salad. These are perfect for eating in front of the TV, or taking to work for lunch. For a change from your usual take on lunch, why not give a Buddha Bowl a try?

Tahini Marinated Chicken Buddha Bowls

These meals have become a popular staple for many people in the plant-based community. They are super simple to make and they can be customized to your liking. Here is how you can make your very own Buddha Bowls that will keep you full for hours!

Tahini Marinated Chicken buddha Bowl

You’ve heard of Buddha bowls, but you’re not sure how to make them, and you’re wondering if they’re really something you want to invest in. Think of a Buddha bowl as a fun way to get a lot of nutrition in one place. They are especially popular for people looking to eat more healthy and lose weight. They are also great for people who just want to be more healthy.

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