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Basic Buddha Bowl

Author : Ashley Madden
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 Servings
Course: Main Course
Basic recipes can be combined to make delicious, wholesome, not to mention easy, meals! This basic buddha bowl is a great example.



  • 1 cup dry white quinoa (uncooked)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water


  • 1 batch Basic Baked Tofu (see link in notes)
  • 1 batch Basic Hummus (see link in notes)
  • 1 head broccoli or 2 bunches broccolini steamed (see in post above)
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 cup finely chopped red cabbage


  • Put the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running water. This removes a compound called saponin (this can give quinoa a bitter taste). Then transfer to a 2 qt (or similarP) pot.
  • Add the salt and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce to a simmer and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Resist taking the lid off! A clear lid for the pot will help you keep an eye on the cooking progress. After 13 minutes, you can very quickly take the lid off and use a butter knife to reach the bottom of the pot and push the quinoa over to see if there's any water left. Return the lid and continue to cook until all the water is absorbed.
  • Once done, fluff with a fork, recover, and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to continue steaming (this is important for a fluffy texture).
  • Meanwhile, make the Baked Basic Tofu (recipe link in notes) or use any leftover plant-based protein you have like cooked beans, tofu scramble, baked tempeh, etc.
  • When the quinoa is cooked and the tofu is baked, steam the broccoli until bright green and tender. Assemble the bowls and enjoy!
  • Assemble the bowls and add a drizzle of tamari, hot sauce, or any sauce you have already hanging out in your fridge.
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