Perfect for a Fall Picnic Party! Buddha Bowl with Flavor Master

Happy Fall!


…Well, some of you might say “Oh no, is it still Fall? We already have some snow!” or “What is Fall? The sun is still shining and it’s scorching hot under that!” depending on where you live.

Here in the Bay Area, a lot of trees have changed their color from green to yellow/red and it’s so beautiful. But at the same time, I feel like…yeah, Fall here is beautiful, but I’m jealous of those who live in  Colorado or the East side of the States. A lot of them say it’s just a quick shot from their routine walk, but no, they’re not “just a pic” to me. Their fall foliage’s pics look amazing. Lucky them, they’re seeing gorgeous nature with their own eyes, and I’m thankful to get their part of happiness.


What I can contribute to the gift from this world is my food creation and recipes, and I recently get an opportunity to try a convenient, quick sauce to add flavor and color so wanted to share the happy eating moment with healthy, gorgeous yummy food. 


Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!


<Today’s Recipe>

Buddha Bowl with Bourbon Brown Sugar from Flavor Master

buddha bowl


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  1. Mix rice with sesame oil, salt and black sesame seeds. Set aside.
  2. Cook veggies. For carrot and corn, bring the pan to medium high heat and cook them with a sesame seeds oil and salt. If you want to make the bowl have a division of each color like I did, prepare several pans and cook each veggie to avoid mixing.
  3. Cook tofu. Pour sesame oil in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. Add tofu and cook/warm them for about 30 sec. Pour bourbon brown sugar sauce and brown the tofu. Cook for about 3 min and set aside.
  4. Fill water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Add edamame and defrost/cook edamame. Drain and remove from the pod.
  5. Spread the bed of rice. Decorate with each veggie and top with the garnish.


<Cooking Tips>

  • I wanted to make it vegetarian/vegan friendly so I chose tofu for my protein. Other recommendations will be grilled chicken, ground beef, vegan sausages etc…the key to make it taste good is choosing simple flavored protein. All the important tasks of flavoring are already covered with Flavor Master sauce, so don’t mix with other flavors…otherwise the taste gets in traffic and your taste buds will be confused! 
  • If you’re using tofu, I recommend extra firm or firm tofu. If you’d use silken tofu, it’s too hard to keep its shape as cubes cut so be careful!
  • If outside is too cold where you live, let’s have a cozy home party. Assemble all the toppings and everyone picks what they want in their bowl and create their own special buddha bowl! But keep it in mind…the protein always disappears the first, so make plenty enough of protein!!

buddha bowl at home

<Ingredients Memo>

flavor master

This time I tried Bourbon brown sugar sauce from Flavor Master. It’s basically a super versatile sauce to add flavor to your protein/veggies and browning them. I’ve tried several seasoning sauces like this from other brands, but I like this for not too intensely adding flavor. It’s lighter than any other sauce, so just a single or couple tablespoon of the sauce can transform your simple ingredients to rich flavored food. As I searched online they have several more flavors including steak butter, pineapple teriyaki, peppercorn(yes I tried and it was sooo good! I especially recommend this for spicy food lovers!) so give it a try on whichever is calling your name. It’s available from Kroger stores if you live in the US!

Thank you Flavor Master for the great gift! I can’t wait to try all the flavors of sauce and find my favorite!

For more about flavor Master, visit their official site from here!

buddha bowl picnic version

As we had Thanksgiving last week, my dinner buddy AKA husband had a little vacation too. He was taking a long nap and I was experimenting the sauce in my kitchen. When he woke up, the Sun was still up in the sky so I packed them into containers and invited him for late lunch/early dinner in our neighbor’s park. 

buddha bowl picnic version

The beautiful scenery of Fall foliage bring my food to the next level of yumminess, so I had another thankful event on Thanksgiving this year. 


What your neighbor’s showing this Fall? Are you having a yummy experience? I hope you enjoy this beautiful season:)


<Other Picnic Friendly Food>

Quick and easy bites! Takikomi Rice Balls

takikomi rice ball

Dips and chips for healthy option! Easy Simple Hummus


Nice hot tea to refresh! Genmai Tea

genmai tea

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

11 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Amazing and delicious! Thank’s Tanooki.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Elvira! Sorry all your comment came into my spam box that I was leaving it unread!! I just approved all and will be commenting back soon!😭

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        Don’t worry, Tanooki.
        That things happend. Thank’s!
        Just be happy and take care.


  2. anne leueen says:

    Your Buddha Bowl loiks yummy . The edamame beans look delicious and so fresh!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Anne❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Livia says:

    That Buddha Bowl looks very mouthwatering! I love the different colors. 🤩 During autumn and winter, one can’t have too many fresh colored vegetables on the plate. Especially, when pregnant. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      That’s true! Since leafy greens got so expensive here in the US during cold days, I had a little hard time to assemble all the color😂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ju-Lyn says:

    That looks delicious! I noticed you season each ingredient separately in addition to the dressing. I have read/heard that it’s important to season at every stage of cooking – do you find it makes a difference?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes I agree. But for me that’s mainly because I used a variety of veggies that has a different sweetness levels. Seasoning all at once sounds so tempting to save my time, but I preferred seasoning differently to make the taste just right for each veggies. When the dish is all mixed at right before eating, the dish finally become wholesome😋👍


      1. Ju-Lyn says:

        I am trying to layer seasoning more these days – I agree that it does make a difference!🤩

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