Healthy and Delicious Buddha Bowl Recipes

posted: 08/02/18
by: Katie Morton

Buddha bowls, also called "hippie bowls" or "glory bowls", are hearty, filling meals made of greens, roasted or raw veggies, beans, and healthy, whole grains such as brown rice. Salad dressings, seeds or nuts can top the dish for added flavors. You can look at recipes for inspiration, and then mix and match with your favorite ingredients.

Buddha Bowl Textures

When making your own recipes, consider the textures as well as the taste when selecting ingredients. Here is a basic formula for choosing a mix of textures: pick something soft (roasted veggies), something crunchy (fresh veggies, toasted nuts), and something chewy (al dente whole grains).

Buddha bowls are perfect for when you want to eat healthy but don't have the time to do a lot of preparation and cooking. Here are 8 easy-to-make recipes for Buddha bowls.

Vegan Roast Pumpkin and Chick Peas

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This tasty bowl features roasted pumpkin, chickpeas, cranberries, walnuts, vegan feta dusted with dukkah, baby spinach, quinoa with a lemon tahini, and a parsley dressing.

Avocado, Farro and Beans


For a delicious and easy summer meal, try this bowl made with farro, cashews, rainbow carrots, avocado, lime juice, pomegranate seeds, and garbanzo beans. If you don't have farro, substitute your favorite whole grain.

Dijon Maple Protein Bowl


Throw rice and quinoa in a bowl and top with saut?ed mushrooms and tomatoes, and edamame. Marinate tempeh in a dressing you can make yourself using Dijon mustard and maple syrup for a delicious sweet and sour flavor.

Tofu, Chickpea Dahl and Egg

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A dish of Indian chickpea Dahl with boiled egg, garlic and turmeric tofu, avocado, and steamed greens makes for an innovative meal when you're in the mood for something different.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprouts


When you're in the mood for a comforting, Fall-inspired warm meal, whip up this Buddha bowl with cinnamon and cumin seed roasted sweet potato slices, chickpeas, roasted Brussel sprouts, avocado, and Brazil nuts.

Fajita Bowl


To make a fajita bowl, cook chicken in taco seasoning. Saut?ed onions and mixed peppers. Add to the bowl and mix in sweetcorn, basmati rice, broccoli, spinach, and homemade guacamole. I feel healthier just reading this recipe, which contains your five daily servings of vegetables in a single meal!

Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce

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For when it's too hot to cook, top spiraled cucumber, carrot and zucchini noodles with this peanut sauce made with 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp curry coconut sugar, siracha, lemon juice, avocado, and sesame seeds.

Buddha Bowl Dressings

Here are three favorite dressings to top your homemade Buddha bowl recipe.

Miso Dressing

2 tbsp white miso

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp raw honey

1 tbsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp water, as needed

Lemon + Tahini Dressing

1/4 cup tahini

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp water, as needed

1 pinch salt


Balsamic Dressing

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic

salt and pepper, to taste

Buddha Bowl Recipe Tips

To add a kick to the flavor, consider some popular ingredients as toppings such as kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, nutritional yeast, rehydrated seaweed, salsa, chimichurri, coconut flakes, or goji berries.

If there's a recipe that includes an ingredient you're not crazy about or you don't want to bother learning how to prepare, don't throw out the whole recipe. Look for tastier ingredients you can substitute--for example sweet potato where pumpkin was suggested, or broccoli vs. cauliflower, or roasted tofu substituted for chicken. The possibilities are endless, and the most delicious bowl of food you've ever tasted is in your power to create.