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Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

You will love making a Mediterranean Buddha Bowl using healthy ingredients like brown rice, hummus, Greek yogurt, feta cheese, chickpeas, roasted vegetables and greens. These buddha bowls are customizable and perfect for lunches or dinners for your family! 

A “Buddha bowl” typically is a one dish meal that consists of a grain (like rice, quinoa, bulgur, Farro, or similar) veggies, cheese, a dressing and protein (think meat, tofu, seafood or beans).

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

You can never go wrong with adding cheese to Buddha bowls. Once again, use what you have in your fridge. I especially love feta, gouda or Parmesan cheese. I also love creating a homemade protein-packed, dairy-based dressing using Greek yogurt.

Try topping your bowl with a dollop of my easy Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus, or make a refreshing homemade Tzatziki Sauce.

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl

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  • 10 minutes
  • 25 minutes
  • 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/4 cup brown rice, rinsed and cooked according to package
2 cups hummus
2 cups of feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup of kalamata olives, pitted
3 cups of green of your choice, try arugula, spinach, romaine or Swiss chard
2 cups of Greek yogurt
Vegetables of your choice or try these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables
1 lemon, cut into chunks 
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Instructions

Roasted Vegetables:

  1. If you are making roasted vegetables, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut all your vegetables to the desired size, making sure they are about the same size for even roasting, and put them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small mixing bowl or mason jar, combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, zaatar or sumac, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Stir or shake to combine.
  4. Toss the vegetables in the olive oil mixture.
  5. On a baking sheet, spread the vegetables out in an even layer. You don't want your vegetables to be crowded, so you may want to use two baking sheets.
  6. Roast the vegetables for about 30-35 minutes or until they are soft and just starting to show some char on the edges, making sure to stir the vegetables at about the 15 minute mark.

For the Buddha Bowls:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil (about 4 quarts water). Once the water is boiling, add the rice and continue boiling for 25 minutes or according to the package.
  2. When you are ready to assemble the Buddha bowls, you will start by dividing the brown rice or grain among the four bowls.
  3. Then, add each ingredient and divide among the four bowls. I like to add the hummus and Greek yogurt last. Garnish with the parsley and lemon wedges.

Notes: For a Buddha bowl, you can use more or less of each ingredient depending on what you like. Also, feel free to substitute ingredients as you see fit.

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