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Buddha bowls for breakfast

Buddha bowls, breakfast bowls….. Whatever you choose to call these they are a wonderful way to include a variety of wholefoods at breakfast ❤️  I think we can all tend to get quite stuck on breakfast sometimes. We look straight to cereal, granola, toast, a muffin on the way to work, maybe bacon and eggs on the weekend – but your first meal of the day can be so much more, and certainly much more nutrient dense than sugar laden cereals. As an aside though – if you are after a gorgeous homemade granola to enjoy on occasion – I can recommend the temptingly crunchy nutty granola and easy delicious chocolate granola clusters recipes from my lovely friend Elaine over at DishesDelish. Those I do love and both are most certainly wholesome 🙌🏻

So, these Buddha bowls then… what are they, and why should you have one? I think what I like here most, is that there are no rules. They are literally little bites of lots of nutritious things all mixed together in a bowl to enjoy and they tend to look colourful and beautiful. Isn’t that great? Some say they may actually have come about from the way in which Buddha chose to eat way back in the 6th Century too 😮  So if you’ve been wondering…. mystery solved! 😀

Buddha bowls are generally packed to the brim with fresh; seasonal vegetables that will help you meet your minimum of five serves each day – a good thing since so few people actually hit that target. They are also great make-ahead meals, which is fabulous when you’re trying to run out the door of a morning! Just prep it the night before and you’re good to go.

The recipe below is just a suggestion, but if you’d like to make your own all you’ll need is your favourite grain, your favourite vegetables, something fermented (kimchi is my favourite), a little protein and perhaps your favourite topping (pesto!) and you’ll have your perfect Buddha bowl 🙌🏻

Buddha Bowls for Breakfast (Makes 2)

Buddha bowls
Buddha bowls for breakfast make a great change from the standard toast, cereal or muffin you might grab on the way to work


  • 3 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 large purple carrot, cut into batons
  • 1 cup romanesco broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 dill pickle, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 organic or free range chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp kimchi
  • Olive oil


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit)
  2. Roll the chicken in the gluten-free crumb, drizzle with olive oil then cook en papillote (basically a little parchment paper pocket that takes 2 secs to put together and it helps keep the chicken perfectly tender and moist every time!)
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
  4. Meanwhile, steam the purple carrots and romanesco broccoli for approx. 3-5 minutes or until slightly tender
  5. Start to assemble the bowls while the chicken finishes by putting in the spinach, carrot, broccoli, quinoa, dill pickle, avocado and kimchi and getting as creative as you like!
  6. Remove the chicken, slice and place these into the bowl then drizzle with your topping of choice. Tahini, pesto, lemon juice, a little olive oil – anything is great. Enjoy ❤️

Note: For a vegetarian version just replace the chicken with 2 eggs. Similar will go for those who are low fodmap and low histamine. Just swap out anything that doesn’t work for you and replace it with your ingredients of choice. The sky is the limit here and it’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen 😀


  1. Gabby, what a great idea. I never thought about vegetables in the morning as our preparation to school runs starts at 6 am. As school is coming to an end, I will definitely make this breakfast, especially for Liam since he catches up on his sleep during vacation waking up at noon!

    • Thanks Laura 😊 Vegetables at breakfast is something we have stopped doing over the years, opting instead for convenience foods because we’re always in a rush but they can be just as quick to prepare! I love soup for breakfast too, particularly the Vietnamese-style Pho ❤️

  2. I love Buddha bowls (that’s what I call it because it is more fun to say!) I need to eat more of these, I get stuck eating the same ole thing every day for breakfast. I need to spice it up more. These Buddha bowls are perfect for that. Thank you for the recipe AND for mentioning me! I greatly appreciate it and you!

    • The pleasure is all mine, because those granola recipes of yours are gorgeous! 😊 I do love these Buddha bowls too. So warming and delicious 💜

  3. I absolutely LOVE these Budda bowls, so colorful too which makes you want to tuck in! I’m absolutely going to make some of these to bring to work with me as they look good enough to eat at any meal.

    • Thanks so much Anna 😊 They are great at any meal and I’ve certainly taken them with me for lunch. I love that they can be made from anything at all too 😊 Hope you enjoy yours when you make it 💞

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