Having a Buddha bowl helps you practice ‘mindful eating,’ a trending concept promoting the intake of healthy food in appropriate portions. The Buddha bowl itself, or the mindful eating, isn’t exactly new considering many Asian dishes are essentially meals in a bowl. But it’s clear why people fuss over Buddha bowls—they are nourishing, low-key meals that look beautiful and appetizing. The idea behind it is that you get a balance of everything you like in just one bowl. It’s one of the easiest meals you can make at any time of the day for you and your family; so, keep reading and learn various ways to make a delicious Buddha bowl!
Mouthwatering Buddha Bowl Recipes Your Family Won’t Resist
1. Vegan Buddha Bowl
This vegan version of the Buddha bowl will take all your hunger pangs away. The sweet potatoes, avocado, quinoa, and chickpeas, go really well with the sauce made from tahini, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and ground pepper. To make your quinoa fluffy, let the cooked quinoa keep in the pot even after simmering for 15 minutes. An extra 10 minutes will make a difference.
2. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl
Here’s a Buddha bowl packed with protein without meat. The tofu and brown rice, along with a variety of veggies, are deliciously flavored with a drizzle of an exquisite sauce made from peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and maple syrup. It’s a great addition to your family’s meatless Monday meals! To be honest, this recipe is so good you may just find yourself making it twice a week.
3. Brown Rice Veggie Bowl
Want a healthier alternative to white rice? Make a brown rice veggie bowl. Brown rice is better than white rice because of three main reasons. It fills you up longer, contains more fiber and is a healthier substitute. Combining such a good ingredient with plenty of veggies seem like a good way to go, especially when you’re trying to keep your meals light.
4. Teriyaki Tofu Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
Bring some plant-based “rice” into your life with this recipe. It uses riced cauliflower, so it’ll help you keep your carbs in check. But this Buddha bowl is not short of flavor because of the array of ingredients that spice up the cauliflower such as the sliced green onions, sesame seeds, garlic, honey, and rice vinegar, among others.
Tip: Use a grater to help create the most rice-like grains.
5. Cuban Quinoa Bowl with Spicy Dressing
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Here’s a flavor-packed bowl of healthy goodness you can try this weekend. Don’t forget to soak the cashews in hot water for 10-20 minutes. The water bath helps break down its phytic acid, allowing it to digest easier.
6. Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowl
Are you craving for a Thai food? Then grab a bowl and assemble this Buddha bowl stat! Coconut quinoa is the star of this dish. All it takes is a cup of quinoa, a can of coconut milk, half a cup of water and one tablespoon of maple syrup.
7. Winter Bliss Bowl
Here’s a satisfying Buddha bowl that will give you comfort during the cold winter months. The best part is, you can make the falafels ahead and store them in the freezer for your convenience.
8. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl
The butternut squash serves as one of the base ingredients of this delicious recipe. It’s coated in olive oil, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon and a sprinkling of salt. You’ll be tempted to eat it on its own after it’s done roasting.
9. Sweet Potato with Almond Butter Buddha Bowl
Speaking of meal prep, you can make this sweet potato with almond butter Buddha bowl ahead as well. Just make sure to store the different ingredients in individual containers. Want an extra serving of protein? Throw in half a cup of black beans.
10. Buddha Bowl with Cashew Cream
Some people can’t get enough of this bowl’s cashew cream. They purposely make way too much sauce so they can drizzle it on their favorite salads. Sometimes, they even turn the cashew cream into a dip or spread!
11. Vegan Korean Bibimbap
Don’t forget to rush to the nearest Asian grocery store to grab some famous Gochujang. Gochujang is fermented chili paste, which blends really well with sesame oil and brown sugar. It’s a staple in most Korean dishes and an absolute need for your vegan Korean bibimbap.
12. Chickpea Buddha Bowl with Tahini-Maple Sauce
Are you craving something sweet? Then this chickpea with tahini-maple sauce Buddha bowl recipe is your best bet. Don’t forget to add the hot water sparingly for the sauce. Too much water can make the dressing runnier than desired.
13. Tropical Buddha Bowl
Here’s a dose of refreshment for your collection of Buddha bowl recipes. This tropical version has tons of island flavor. The recipe uses diced pineapples, dried tart cherries and fresh limes to get that summery, tropical flavor you’re looking for.
Tip: Don’t forget to swap the shrimp for black beans for a more vegan-friendly recipe.
14. Masala Chickpea Buddha Bowl
In this recipe, the chickpeas are scrumptiously cooked in aromatic masala sauce then topped with spinach and quinoa which are sauteed with garlic. Healthy and packed with protein, masala sauce and chickpea is like a match made in heaven.
15. Buddha Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Learn how to make a delicious Buddha bowl sauce from smooth peanut butter in this recipe! The sauce has just the right mix of sweetness, spiciness, and heat to elevate the flavors of a vegan and gluten-free meal. Not only is this Buddha bowl tasty, it looks really pretty, too, with all the thinly sliced avocado, bell pepper, carrots, and purple cabbage, among other veggies.
16. Summer Buddha Bowl
Gather the ingredients that remind you of summer, slice them up and place them in a bowl which is basically the idea behind this summer Buddha bowl recipe. The key to getting the ‘taste of summer’ in any meal is to use fresh ingredients along with a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon.
17. Bulletproof Breakfast
A bulletproof breakfast Buddha bowl might just be what you need to start your day! In this recipe, you get the kick of bulletproof coffee from a bowl of healthy breakfast made with eggs, paleo sausages, avocado, cucumber and green leafy vegetables.
Watch this video for another healthy and hearty Buddha bowl recipe that you and your friends will enjoy!
There are no strict rules when it comes to making a Buddha bowl. Ideally, they should contain a lot of veggies. But the ingredient choices are pretty much dependent on what you’re in the mood to eat. Another option is to use the leftovers you have from the week. Place them all together in a bowl, add ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper—and voila, you’ve just created a new recipe!
Got a few more ideas for a Buddha bowl recipe? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below!