“What are Buddha bowls?”
That’s what my boyfriend asked me when I showed him these bad boys.
The truth is, there’s no exact definition of a Buddha bowl. They come in many shapes and sizes.
If you do a quick search for them on Pinterest, you’d learn they’re usually made up of healthy, colorful ingredients that are raw or roasted and topped with sauce.
Obviously, my Buddha bowls above don’t have any sauce on them. I think mine are good enough to go without it. However, if you think these Buddha bowls look too naked then feel free to add a peanut or tahini-based sauce or Sriracha.
You can find a Buddha bowl recipe on just about any food blog out there, but here’s why this one is different:
It only contains four main ingredients…
Yup. This one is just made up of chickpeas, sweet potato, spinach and zucchini.
These are all cheap ingredients that can be found in just about any grocery store. Sweet potato and chickpeas are good staples to have on hand anyway because they don’t go bad quickly. This recipe would be perfect if you had a bunch of greens to use up before they go bad, too.
…But you can easily swap them out for different ones!
My goal is to provide recipes that you can easily change up so you don’t get bored of them, but you also don’t have to learn how to cook something brand new.
With this Buddha bowl, you can swap out sweet potato for a grain, the zucchini for another vegetable or the chickpeas for another type of protein. Good veggies to use instead: broccoli, green beans, asparagus, peas, carrots, parsnips, beets, summer squash, eggplant, swiss chard, spinach, radishes, sprouts, cauliflower etc.
Want to add an animal protein? Salmon, shrimp and chicken are excellent options for this Buddha bowl. Cook these proteins to your liking- you’ll need a pound (453g) total to make 3 servings.
That’s the beauty of the Buddha bowl!
How to double or add more volume to this recipe:
This recipe makes three servings, but you can easily increase it to six by just doubling each ingredient. You may need extra sheet pans for the sweet potato.
To add more volume a good start would be going with a grain like quinoa! That’s a common ingredient in Buddha bowls. You can also add more veggies (as always) by choosing one from the list above or throwing in odds and ends you have to use up before they go bad!
Storage & reheating notes:
This recipe lasts for up to 4 days in the fridge. It’s not freezer friendly and it reheats well in the microwave or on the stove.
Feel free to add your favorite sauce, dressing, sliced avocado or a dollop of hummus before eating this meal!
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