Bowls bowls bowls, I’m all about that bowl. Especially…buddha bowls! Why? Bowls = meal prep at its finest. If you haven’t jumped on the meal prep bandwagon, get on that! It will make your life so much easier during the week and it will help fuel healthy habits. What is a buddha bowl? Essentially, it’s a whole bunch of good stuff in a bowl topped with more good stuff. We’re talking whole grains + lean proteins + tons of veggies + nuts/seeds/dressing.
Today I am teaming up with Simply Organic to break down the anatomy of a buddha bowl and to share tons of recipes to inspire you to get mixing in your own kitchen! Simply Organic is my go-to spice brand for adding flavor to anything that I make. They’ve got literally every spice under the plant, plus some awesome blends that I use daily.
Really the main goal of a buddha bowl recipe is to eat as many colors and nutrient dense foods as possible. No buddha bowl has to be the same, so tailor it to your taste preferences and get creative! Words of wisdom- when in doubt, if it’s a whole food, add it to your bowl. Below I’ve laid out some of my favorite buddha bowl add-ins by category!
Anatomy of a Buddha Bowl
What is a buddha bowl? My classic vegan buddha bowl recipe includes a whole grain, lean protein, tons of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a dressing of choice.
Add any kind of whole grain you wish to your buddha bowl. I’ve listed out some of my favorite options below!
Think lower in calorie, but higher in protein! Classic buddha bowls are plant-based, but you always have the option to add in some animal protein to your buddha bowl recipe.
- chicken breast
Vegetables are where options are endless. Use what’s in season and get creative!
- ANY AND ALL (grilled, steamed, sauteed, or raw)
Add crunch and more flavor to your buddha bowl with nuts, seeds, and dressing.
- raw nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.)
- seeds (sunflower seeds, pepitas, hemp seeds, etc.)
- dressing: (vinegar-based, avocado-based, olive oil)
Now that you know the ins and outs of what’s in a buddha bowl, I’m going to share a basic vegan buddha bowl recipe for you to sink your teeth into. This recipe is 100% plant based and a great starter buddha bowl recipe for you to add to.
Basic Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe
This is our basic vegan buddha bowl recipe. It’s made with quinoa, roasted sweet potato, garbanzo beans, massaged kale, bean sprouts, and green goddess dressing. Get creative with your Buddha bowl and use whatever grain and protein you desire!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Place all ingredients into a bowl and dig in!
- For 1 cup of massaged kale, you’ll need about 2 cups of kale, .5 tablespoons olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Massage until kale is shiny and more wilty looking.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 581
- Sugar: 14
- Carbohydrates: 87
- Fiber: 16
- Protein: 22
It’s time to get inspired. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites from FFF and from my lovely blogger friends so that you can get cookin’ in the kitchen! Remember – there’s no right or wrong when it comes to buddha bowls. Use flavors that you love and have fun with it!
Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl from Fit Foodie Finds
If you are looking for a delicious and healthy recipe to make for dinner tonight, try this sweet potato vegan buddha bowl recipe. This buddha bowl recipe is ready in under an hour and is packed with veggies, whole grains, and tasty tahini. It is perfect for a meatless dinner or for a meal-prep lunch for the week.
Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl from Healthy Glow Co.
This Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl recipe is one of our favorite meal prep recipes from our 4 week meal program, HGG Reset! It’s bursting with delicious flavors and is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. You can’t go wrong with adding micro greens and harissa sauce!
Vegetarian Brown Rice Bowl from Fit Foodie Finds
Made with a brown rice base, this vegetarian buddha bowl is delicious from the inside out! Make a double batch for the entire week.
Roasted Chickpea Buddha Bowl with Cilantro Avocado Dressing from Simply Organic
Try this clean, organic chickpea Buddha bowl with avocado dressing drizzled over butternut squash, kale, quinoa, garlic and spices.
Superfood Taco Bowls from Fit Foodie Finds
Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowls from Minimalist Baker
The Ultimate Buddha Bowl from The Healthy Maven
The Ultimate Hippie Bowl from The Healthy Maven
Superfood Quinoa Bowls from Gimme Some Oven
Winter Kale Salad with Almond Butter Dressing from In it 4 the Long Run
Avocado Quinoa Harvest Bowl from In it 4 the Long Run
Stir Fry Zen Bowl from Veggie Chick
Spicy Tofu Rice Bowl from The Blonde Chef
Roasted Rainbow Winter Bowl from Keepin it Kind
Southwestern Vegan Power Bowl from The Conscientious Eater
Superfood Abundance Bowls from Honey and Figs Kitchen
Super Bowls from The Vintage Mixer
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