Whole grains, roasted vegetables, avocado, tomato, spinach, feta, and falafel topped with a simple creamy dressing to make a healthy and delicious Buddha Bowl.

I’m adding these Buddha Bowls to a growing list of my favorite “bowl” dinners like Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki BowlsChicken Shawarma Bowls, and  Sweet Pork Burrito Bowls.

Buddha bowl with quinoa, veggies, falafel and white sauce.

This Buddha Bowl is clean eating at its finest, but I’ve made a conscious effort to also make sure it’s absolutely delicious.  It’s vegetarian by nature (and vegan if you leave out the cheese) but feel free to add meat or any variety of toppings (see some ideas below). It’s the perfect meal to clean out the produce you need to use up in your fridge.

How to Make a Buddha Bowl:

1. Choose You Grains.  Quinoa, or brown rice, couscous or cauliflower rice, or any other whole grain you enjoy!  There really are no rules.

2. Top with greens and veggies: lay a bed of spinach or arugula on top of the grains. Top with roasted sweet potato fresh tomato and avocado. This is also your chance to use leftovers from the fridge or whatever vegetable you love most.  Keep it colorful to get the most nutrients.

3. Pile on the protein.  I used homemade falafel because we love it and it it keeps the buddha bowl vegetarian, but you can add chicken, crispy tofu, or any protein you like.

4. Add garnishes like nuts and cheese: For the nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pine nuts or pistachios would all work well. Then try a sprinkle of feta, or another crumble cheese like gorgonzola, goat, or blue cheese.

5. Drizzle with sauce or dressing.  Jalapeño ranch (my very favorite), balsamic, or any simple homemade vinaigrette.

Four process photos for layering a buddha bowl with grains, veggies, protein and sauce.

Additional Topping Ideas:

  • Beans: garbanzo beans, black beans
  • Grilled fish or shrimp
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Seeds: sesame seeds, pepitas or chia seeds

Close-up of a buddha bowl with quinoa, falafel, butternut squash, avocado, lettuce and dressing.

Buddha Bowl Meal Prep:

You can prep this entire meal ahead of time, layer it in single serving dishes with the dressing on the side.  Perfect for an on the go lunch or quick meal.

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Recipe

Buddha bowl with quinoa, veggies, falafel and white sauce.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 40 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 ½ cups Quinoa , or brown rice, couscous or cauliflower rice
  • 5 cups spinach (or arugula)
  • 2 sweet potatoes , peeled and chopped
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 avocado , peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1 roma tomato , chopped
  • Falafel , grilled chicken, or other protein
  • ½ cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • chopped Nuts – walnuts , pecans, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios etc

Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper , ribs and seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add sweet potatoes to a sheet pan and drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast.for 20-25 minutes, until tender, tossing once while cooking.
  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  • Layer bowls with cooked quinoa, arugula, sweet potato, tomato, avocado, falafel or chicken, feta and nuts. Top with dressing.

Notes

Additional Topping Ideas:
  • Beans: garbanzo beans, black beans
  • Fish
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Seeds: sesame seeds, pepitas or chia seeds
Buddha Bowl Meal Prep:
You can prep this entire meal ahead of time, layer it in single serving dishes with the dressing on the side.  Perfect for an on the go lunch or quick meal.  

Nutrition

Calories: 2497kcalCarbohydrates: 254gProtein: 81gFat: 135gSaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1211mgPotassium: 4666mgFiber: 44gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 53089IUVitamin C: 94mgCalcium: 977mgIron: 20mg

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