Main Dish | March 23, 2017

Italian Meatball Buddha-Bowl

Guys – we are going strong on this buddha-bowl week!  What has been your favorite so far?  The Mexi-Quinoa Bowl?  The Chimichurri Chicken Bowl?  Or how about the Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowl?  I really can’t even decide.  They are all so mouthwatering.  We hope we’ve inspired you to treat yourself well and feed yourself a delicious and healthy lunch.  Buddha-Bowl week isn’t over yet!  Today I wanted to share this easy peasy idea.

Italian Meatball Buddha-Bowl. succulents, cheese, and basil leaves around the two bowls

Buddha-Bowls for an Easy Lunch

I’ve really loved eating meatballs for lunch for a long time.  An old favorite was spaghetti squash with meatballs.  Des has the best recipe for homemade meatballs, but if you must, you can use store-bought meatballs to throw this recipe together.

Italian Meatball Buddha-Bowl close up, golden utensils next to bowl

I wanted to keep things really simple for a fuss free lunch – so I just added some brown rice, broccoli, and some store-bought marinara sauce.  This bowl is perfection.  It was so satisfying and kept me full until dinner time.  I love that it has the feeling of a comforting Italian dinner, but with clean and healthy ingredients.  I hope your lunches are so much more exciting after this week.  Please let us know if you try any of our bowl recipes!

Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl surrounded by fresh cheese and succulents

I’ve included a few of my favorites from today’s post – if you like anything you see, check them out below:

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Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl
Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Keep things really simple for a fuss free lunch1

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian meatball buddha bowl
Servings: 4
Calories: 247 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • prepared meatballs either frozen or use recipe in post
  • 1 head broccoli chopped and steamed
  • 24 ounces store-bought marinara sauce
  • parmesan cheese
  1. Divide between 4 bowls - layer brown rice, meatballs, and broccoli.
  2. Drizzle with marinara sauce, and top with shaved parmesan cheese.
  3. Can be frozen up to a month of refrigerated for 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 941mg41%
Potassium 1081mg31%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1685IU34%
Vitamin C 147.5mg179%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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