A nourish bowl is typically a plant-based meal full of legumes, veggies, and complete in protein. It is also called a Buddha bowl by some, but I do not think this is an appropriate name. “Nourish bowl” is much more reflective of what it is meant to be.
To make a nourish bowl, you don’t have to feel restricted to make it vegan. After all, the term plant-based does not equal vegan. Vegan equals vegan. Plant-based just means that the baseof the meal is plants! That simple!
Here’s what you need:
- One or more legumes
- A grain
- 2-3 different vegetables
- Seasoning or dressing
- Source of fat
- Additional protein source
To make it easier to understand what the above list actually means, here is an example of a nourish bowl I recently had:
- Black beans (canned/rinsed)
- Cooked brown rice
- Broccoli, steamed
- Radishes, cut into thin slices
- Red cabbage, chopped
- Avocado slices (source of fat)
- Hard-boiled egg
- Hot sauce or other choice of dressing
- Assemble ingredients together in a bowl and top with dressing. Enjoy!
In this nourish bowl, I used pre-cooked ingredients. You could substitute every single one with a similar food to fit your tastes or to accommodate food you have on hand. If you don’t have a cooked grain, you could substitute it with whole grain crackers or pieces of toast.
Here’s a photo of an different nourish bowl:
You’ll notice that the basic ingredients required are the same. I used edamame as my main protein source and roasted chickpeas instead of beans. This particular bowl was topped with balsamic salad dressing (fat source) and it was yummy!