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If you’re sick of plain salads, but trying to eat more vegetables, you’ll love this vegan Buddha bowl recipe.
This healthy vegan Buddha bowl is loaded with vegetables, grains, and topped with a delicious creamy dressing.
After you eat a Buddha bowl, you’ll be full and satisfied all afternoon.
Warning though, once you start eating these, you may never go back to a plain salad again!
What Is a Buddha Bowl Made of?
You’ve probably heard of Buddha bowls or seen them on the menu in some healthy restaurants over the past few years. You may be wondering what a Buddha bowl actually is.
If you haven’t tried one yet, Buddha Bowls are a combination of grains (brown rice, quinoa, or farro), roasted vegetables, raw vegetables, and greens.
Buddha bowls are typically topped with a creamy healthy dressing which in my opinion is the best part.
The right dressing absolutely makes or breaks a meal.
How To Make a Buddha Bowl
Buddha Bowls sound fancy, but they’re actually really simple to make and to customize with whatever you have on hand.
- Cook Grains
- Roast Vegetables and Chickpeas
- Saute Greens
- Top With Dressing
- Add Raw Vegetables or Seeds
Start With Your Favorite Grain
Choose either brown rice, quinoa, or farro. I prefer quinoa since it’s low in carbs, high in protein, and quick to make in your pressure cooker.
Check out how to make quinoa in just 2 minutes using your pressure cooker. You’ll never go back to making it on the stove again!
Cook according to the package label.
Again, you can choose whichever vegetables you have on hand or you prefer.
I typically alternate based on what’s in season. My favorites are asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
To roast your vegetables, preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Align your vegetables in a single layer and lightly drizzle with avocado oil.
Roast for 15-20 minutes or until desired firmness.
In my opinion, crunchy roasted chickpeas are a must for the perfect Buddha Bowl.
A lot of times I roast my vegetables and chickpeas at the same time in order to save time while preparing this lunch.
While your vegetables and chickpeas are roasting, heat some avocado oil and sautee your greens. Always add way more than you think because they wilt down a lot more than you’d expect
Perfect Buddha Bowl Dressing
The most important part of a Buddha Bowl is the dressing. I love a creamy tahini dressing which is slightly sweet.
If your unfamiliar with tahini, it’s a paste made from roasted sesame seeds. It comes in a similar consistency to natural peanut butter or almond butter, so make sure to stir it well before you use it.
My favorite Tahini is this organic tahini which you can find on Amazon.
For the dressing, you’ll just simply mix all ingredients until well combined. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches your desired thickness.
Assemble Your Bowl
Once your grains are cooked and your vegetables are finished roasting, simply assemble your bowls.
Add all ingredients together and top off with any fresh vegetables or seeds you may like. Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds are a great addition for extra healthy fats.
Drizzle your tahini dressing on top and enjoy!
Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe For Weight Loss
These Buddha Bowls are a perfect clean eating lunch for weight loss since they’re high in fiber, vegetables, and protein.
They’re so easy to make and are the perfect meal prep lunch you can eat all week.
For more clean eating recipes, grab my free 7-day clean eating meal plan and shopping list.
Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe
- Pressure Cooker
- sheet pan
- 4 Cups Spinach or Kale
- 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa (or Brown Rice)
- 1 Medium Cucumber
- 2 Cups Roasted Vegetables
- 1 Can Roasted Chickpeas
- 1 Tbs Avocado Oil
- 1/3 Cup Tahini (stirred very well)
- 1 Clove Garlic (minced)
- 2 Tbs Lemon juice or 1/2 a lemon
- 1 Tbs Maple Syrup
- 3-6 Tbs Luke Warm Water (to thin out dressing)
Cook Your Grains
- Prepare your quinoa or brown rice according to package instructions
Roast Your Vegetables and Chickpeas
- Preheat Oven to 400F
- Chop all of your vegetables that you plan to roast.
- Rinse and drain your chickpeas. Thoroughly dry with a towel.
- Arrange chickpeas and vegetables on a sheet pan. Lightly drizzle avocado oil.
- Roast for 15-20 minutes until desired firmness
Saute Your Vegetables
- Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbs avocado oil.
- Add 1 cup of fresh spinach or kale. Saute until wilted, stirring frequently.
Prepare Your Tahini Dressing
- While your vegetables are roasting, it's time to prepare your Tahini Dressing.
- Mix together tahini, lemon, garlic, and maple syrup until combined. Gradually add-in luke warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired thickness.
Assemble Your Buddha Bowls
- To assemble your bowls, place 1/2 cup of grains on the bottom. Top with sauteed greens, roasted vegetables, raw vegetables or seeds. Drizzle tahini dressing on top.