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A nourishing mixture of roast sweet potatoes, red onion, quinoa, chicken and spinach that's packed into a bowl so it looks like a Buddha's belly (hence the name). A peanut lime dressing finishes the whole thing off!

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 250g quinoa
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 450g skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 60g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:48min ›Ready in:58min

  1. Bring chicken stock and quinoa to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and stock is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
  3. Spread diced sweet potato and red onion on a baking tray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over mixture and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until sweet potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium heat; cook and stir 2 cloves garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink in the centre, about 6 minutes per side. Slice chicken into bite-size pieces.
  6. Whisk 1 garlic clove, lime juice, peanut butter, soy sauce and honey together in a bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon olive oil and sesame oil into mixture until dressing is smooth.
  7. Divide quinoa among bowls; top with chicken, sweet potato mixture, spinach and avocado. Sprinkle coriander and sesame seeds over the top and drizzle dressing over each bowl.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(49)

Reviews in English (34)

by D M

This was lovely. I followed the recipe, minus lime juice as recommended by another reviewer, and adults and kids alike were pleased with the results. My 13yo son said he loved everything about it. If I were to change anything, it would be to make a little extra sauce, otherwise it was wonderful!-08 Jan 2019

by Anna Lina

I liked this recipe. It was easy, and took us less than an hour. I added sriracha to the sauce to give it a more balanced flavor. This bowl would really be good with any sauce you'd like.-06 Feb 2017


How to Make a Delicious Buddha Bowl for Weight Loss

Courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds

Oddly enough, one of the biggest trends in the weight loss and health food world right now is named after a man often depicted as having a big, round belly. Yes, you guessed it: Buddha. Buddha bowls, sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans, and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Sometimes they also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavor. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

Depending on the recipe you choose to follow, the dish can contain a whole rainbow of ingredients and be seasoned in any number of ways, but the basic formula always remains the same. And the best part is, just about every Buddha bowl out there is simple to make and jam-packed with filling nutrients and vitamins that aid weight loss and overall health. If you can't tell, we're pretty big fans.


Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls

I started with the green detox smoothie and now, I’m staying strong with these buddha bowls.

Now you might ask, what exactly is a buddha bowl? There seems to be a million definitions but this is what I came across.

Buddha bowls, sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. It’s essentially a hearty bowl filled with nutrients and vitamins that aid in weight loss and/or overall health.

So that’s exactly what we have here, guys.

  • Whole grain: farro
  • Protein: chicken
  • Vegetables: kale, cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots
  • Bonus: best peanut sauce ever

There’s plenty of goodies for you here. Farro is a far superior whole grain with more protein and fiber (than say, brown rice) and we have a rainbow of veggies here, which basically means, the more colors we have, the more nutrients we’re getting.

But really, the point to remember is this.

The peanut sauce here is absolute LIFE. That is all.


Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe Variations

I love this recipe as written, but feel free to customize your buddha bowl. Here are a few of my favorite variations:

  • Vary the veggies. Replace the sweet potato with roasted butternut squash or regular potatoes, or try a different kind of roasted veggie. Roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, or beets would all be great. You could also try cooking them in different ways. Steam or sauté the kale instead of leaving it raw, steam or roast the carrots, or boil the sweet potatoes. In the summer, grilled veggies would be great here too!
  • Swap in a different protein. Try edamame, lentils, black beans (or any kind of beans), or top your grain bowls with cubes of crispy tofu or tempeh. For extra crunch, you could even use roasted chickpeas!
  • Change up the grain. Replace the rice with quinoa, farro, or couscous. For extra veggie power, skip the grain, and swap in cauliflower rice or broccoli rice.
  • Switch the sauce. Make a different variation of my basic tahini sauce recipe, or use a different sauce entirely! I love finishing a buddha bowl with peanut sauce, lemon vinaigrette, green goddess dressing, cilantro lime dressing, hummus, or drizzles of sesame oil and soy sauce or tamari.
  • Try a different pickle. Don’t have sauerkraut on hand? Use pickled red onion or jalapeños instead!

Let me know what variations you try!


What is in a Buddha Bowl?

At it’s core, the Budda Bowl is just a big bowl or healthy food, mostly plants, served over a bed of greens or grains and topped with a dressing. Buddha Bowls usually contain:

  1. Greens: like spinach or kale
  2. Protein: like chickpeas or other beans
  3. Grains: like bulgur, quinoa, or brown rice
  4. Healthy carbs: helloooo fruit!
  5. Healthy fats: avocado or nuts
  6. Extras: flavorful additions like onions, nutritional yeast, or spices

  • 1 (8 ounce) pouch microwavable quinoa
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby kale
  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated cooked whole baby beets, sliced (or 2 cups from salad bar)
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup unsalted toasted sunflower seeds

Prepare quinoa according to package directions set aside to cool.

Combine hummus and lemon juice in a small bowl. Thin with water to desired dressing consistency. Divide the dressing among 4 small condiment containers with lids and refrigerate.

Divide baby kale among 4 single-serving containers with lids. Top each with 1/2 cup of the quinoa, 1/2 cup beets, 1/4 cup edamame and 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds.

When ready to eat, top with 1/4 avocado and the hummus dressing.

To make ahead: Refrigerate bowls and dressing separately for up to 4 days. Wait to add avocado until ready to eat to prevent browning.


WEBINAR:The Rise ofPlant-Based Living

Ever since Buddha bowls began popping up on restaurant menus and food blogs, there has been a lot of speculation about how the term came about. One oft-quoted article on Epicurious tied the name to how the Buddha would carry a bowl with him and fill it with food that was given to him given by people he met on his travels. Other sources point to how the mounded top of the filled bowl looks like a Buddha statue’s belly. The truth is, “bowl cuisine” as we know it has been around for decades and Buddha bowl-type meals with it. They’ve just been called different names—such as “grain bowls,” “hippie bowls,” “macro bowls,” and “nourish bowls.”


How many ways can you fill a bowl?

The genius of food bloggers never ceases to amaze me. Particularly when Buddha bowls are involved!

Each of these 25 Buddha bowl recipes is so uniquely and wonderfully made, loaded with healthy ingredients and satisfying flavors. Whether you’re on the hunt for a dinner recipe or need inspiration for a fridge clean-out, one of these recipes is sure to leave you inspired!

Feast with your eyes on these beautiful bowls, and check out the recipes that sound the best. Comment below, and tell us which Buddha bowl recipes made your mouth water!


Top 10 Delicious and Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipes to Try

Below you will find ten delicious recipes of Buddha bowls. These have become so popular in the past few years and are really easy to prepare – you need all kinds of healthy ingredients, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, herbs…

Feeding ourselves the right way is important on so many levels, and not just for losing weight. Eating healthy foods should be our priority all the time! Many people believe that it’s difficult to keep a healthy lifestyle, but the truth is that there are so many recipes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare!

Whatever you like! Scroll below to find your favorite Buddha bowl, and let us know how it went.

1. Winter Buddha Bowl

The winter buddha bowl is the perfect way to nourish your body with the right nutrients and yet keep your food cravings satisfied. For this bowl, you need to prepare roasted carrots, pearl couscous, and herby tahini sauce. Once you get these done, add other ingredients to fill the bowl, such as hardy winter greens, seasonings such as cracked black pepper and seeds.

2. Spicy Buddha Bowl

If you’re a fan of spicy food, then this is the perfect buddha bowl for you. It contains paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, plus a spicy tahini dressing with even more spices, such as turmeric and cayenne pepper. When it comes to the other ingredients, you can use avocado, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. If you follow the recipe’s instructions, the bowls will be ready in less than two hours!

3. Tahini Marinated Chicken Buddha Bowl

Lean proteins are important, so make sure to include them in your diet. Served among vegetables, together they make a very healthy meal and delicious as well. What you’re going to like about this recipe too is that it takes just 30 minutes to prepare, so save it and use it for busy or lazy days. The bowl contains cucumber tomato salad and tahini marinated chicken – this might be your new favorite Buddha bowl!

4. Sweet Potato, Squash, and Kale Buddha Bowl

If you find it hard to cut down on regular potatoes, go for the healthier option, and that is the sweet potato. It tastes just as good, but it provides you with more nutrients, plus it’s a better option if you want to lose weight. Mix the baked sweet potatoes in a bowl with roasted chili lime chickpeas, mushrooms, kale, acorn squash, and beets, and drizzle over cilantro tahini dressing.

5. Spicy Chipotle Buddha Bowl

We’re back at the spicy food, except this time we have completely other ingredients. You’re going to love this recipe if you’re a fan of broccoli and cauliflowers! Add few more ingredients for a richer taste, and your Buddha bowl is ready. You can add mushrooms, avocados, and scallions. To achieve a spicy taste, don’t forget to add the spices!

6. Thai Buddha Bowl

For all the fans of Thai food, this one is you. It is a perfect mixture of different ingredients and tastes, and the peanut butter sauce with red curry paste gives such an amazing twist to the Thai recipe. Fill the bowl with many healthy ingredients, such as brown rice, cabbage, carrots, peas, mangoes, tofu, and whatever else that you like! Top with crushed peanuts and drizzle with sauce.

7. Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

Simple and delicious, this Buddha bowl recipe is a healthy choice, no matter if it’s for lunch or dinner. It takes about 35 minutes to have it all ready, making it a great recipe for whenever you’re busy or don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Combine rice, tofu, spinach, chickpeas, carrots, and broccoli, and top it with peanut sauce.

8. Sesame Sriracha Buddha Bowls

Is a bowl full of healthy green vegetables? Isn’t it super delicious? It will take you an hour to have the bowls ready, but first, you need to prepare the sesame kale and the sesame sriracha vinaigrette. When you’re done with these two, assemble them and the rest of the ingredients, such as cooked edamame, baked tofu, avocado, and cucumber.

9. Plantain Buddha Bowl

Some days we get so busy that we barely have time to prepare a decent healthy meal, but luckily there are recipes such as this one that will take just 20 minutes of your time. The results will be satisfying – a healthy and delicious Buddha bowl filled with cauliflowers, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and mixed greens. It includes a teaspoon of cinnamon, which will certainly give an interesting twist!

10. Buddha Bowl With Spicy Mango Sauce

Imagine all those tasty vegetables, plus chicken, and plus the most amazing dressing a Buddha bowl can have – a mango dressing! It gives amazing taste to the already super delicious bowl. To prepare it, you need these ingredients besides the fresh mango – coconut milk, honey, pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar.


12. Moroccan Sheet Pan Buddha Bowl

This recipe is actually our own and was a fast favorite for everyone who tried it. Easily made all on a sheet pan, in just 5 minutes of prep this bowl has it’s main ingredients roasting together while you get yourself ready to enjoy it.

Sweet potatoes, red onion, corn, zucchini and seasoned chickpeas bake in the oven for 25 minutes before being laid on a bed of quinoa or rice, and topped with freshly sliced ripe avocado and drilled in a simplistic tahini-based sauce. It’s so effortless and serves 2, so you’ll be finding yourself coming back to this one again and again. Trust us, we’ve been there.

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.



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