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What Is A Buddha Bowl? Try It With These 4 Vegetarian Recipes

What Is A Buddha Bowl? Try It With These 4 Vegetarian Recipes
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If you haven’t heard of a buddha bowl, it is a one-bowl dish consisting of vegetables, grains, and fruits and it is famous in the vegetarian and vegan community. The buddha bowl’s main purpose is to arrange your food in equal portions so you can have a healthy and balanced meal.

There are several explanations as to why it was named “buddha bowl”. One reason is that its purpose is to present a balanced meal, and “balance” is one of the concepts deeply rooted in Buddhism. A buddha bowl is filled with colorful and vibrant food except meat, making it perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

There are no strict guidelines when making a buddha bowl, and you don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen to do these either! Here are recipe ideas you should definitely try!

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Buddha Bowl


What you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 204 degrees Celsius and evenly arrange the sweet potatoes and onions on a baking sheet. Make sure to coat them with avocado oil, but not too much!
  2. Bake them for 10 minutes, then remove the sweet potatoes and replace them with the bell pepper. Coat the bell pepper with avocado oil as well.
  3. Bake the bell pepper for a good 5 minutes, then remove them from the oven.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add chickpeas to a mixing bowl. Don’t forget to season them with salt and pepper!
  5. Once the skillet is hot enough, add 1 tablespoon of oil and chickpeas. Sauté them for about 8 minutes, then turn down the heat to prevent them from getting brown too quickly.
  6. Once the chickpeas are cooked, remove them from the skillet and set them aside.
  7. Slice sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces and put all of the ingredients in the bowl. You can drizzle lemon juice on top for added flavor!

Tofu Buddha Bowl


  What you’ll need:
  • 1 broccoli bundle
  • Tofu (chopped into small cubes)
  • ·one-half of a sweet potato


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces and arrange them evenly with the cubed tofu on a baking sheet.
  3. On a separate baking sheet, put the sweet potato and season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Put all the vegetables inside the oven and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. To serve, just arrange them in a bowl and you’re done!

Vegan Buddha Bowl


  What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper with seeds removed
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the quinoa by boiling it in 2 cups of water, the same way you would cook white rice. After 10 to 15 minutes, remove the quinoa from heat and keep it covered for another 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 218 degrees Celsius. Toss chickpeas into a bowl and coat them with olive oil and your preferred spices.
  3. On a baking sheet, bake the chickpeas for 15 to 20 minutes. Once done, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the chickpeas cool.
  4. Assemble all the ingredients in the buddha bowl, then drizzle your favorite salad dressing or lemon juice on top! You can also add a sprinkle of sesame seeds or paprika!

No-Cook Buddha Bowl


What you’ll need:

  • Half a pack of mixed lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grated carrots
  • Spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ lemon


  1. Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves, slice the cucumbers, and slice the lemon into half.
  2. Squeeze the lemon into a bowl, but make sure to use a strainer to filter out the seeds.
  3. Arrange all the ingredients in your buddha bowl, and add your favorite salad dressing if you like!
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, then drizzle a bit of lemon juice too! Ta-da, your No-Cook Buddha Bowl is done!

A buddha bowl is very versatile as there aren’t any strict procedures on how to make it, so feel free to experiment and try different things, too! Ultimately, the most important thing is that you are having fun while making your delicious and healthy meal!

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