This Buddha Bowl recipe makes the most satisfying nutritious and delicious vegan meal! A rainbow of roasted veggies, kale, quinoa, luscious lemony dressing and delicious vegan pecan parmesan.
I rarely get so excited about a new food concept that I make a beeline for the grocery store to get right to it. That's what happened to me when I discovered Buddha bowls. I'm not the only one. Buddha bowls are all the rage.
WHAT IS A BUDDHA BOWL AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
There's lots of debate as to the origin of the buddha bowl. Here's the scoop:
- Some say a buddha bowl is the revival of the hippie bowl of the 1960's, which contained brown rice and veggies.
- The urban dictionary defines a buddha bowl as "...a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded "belly" appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha."
- The common denominator is that a Buddha bowl is a big beautiful bowl of delicious food that's super good for you.
Other delicious "Bowl" recipes
- Korean Bibimbap
- Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl (one of the most popular recipes on the blog)
- Thai Beef & Bok Choy Rice Bowl
- Grilled Harissa Chicken Rice Bowl with Glazed Eggplant
HOW TO MAKE THIS BUDDHA BOWL:
The recipe has 5 steps: Roast the veggies, cook the quinoa, make the lemony dressing, make the pecan parmesan, assemble the bowls.
- Roast the Veggies: Cut the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, toss them with olive oil and salt, and roast them in a 400ºF oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Cook The Quinoa: While the veggies are roasting, cook the quinoa and wash and slice the kale. As soon as the quinoa is done, while it's still piping hot, toss it with the raw kale. The kale will soften and cook a bit from the heat of the quinoa and it will be the perfect texture for the buddha bowl.
Make the Lemony Dressing: a mix of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour it over the kale/quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
Make the Vegan Pecan Parmesan: Finely chop the toasted pecans in the food processor or blender. Add nutritional yeast, olive oil and salt. Pulse to combine. Pour on top of the kale-quinoa just before serving, and toss to combine.
- Assemble Buddha Bowls: Divide kale Quinoa mixture between bowls. Arrange roasted veggies on top. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and micro greens. Enjoy!
WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL YEAST?
- If you've never cooked with nutritional yeast, you are in for a treat. It's not what you think of when you think of yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that's used as a flavoring ingredient in cooking. Many vegan cooks add it to soups or stews to give a savory, umami boost to their recipes.
- Nutritional yeast mimics the flavor of cheese. Try sprinkling it on popcorn or on kale chips! As a bonus, it's full of "nutrients," hence the name "nutritional."
- I buy it at my local Whole Foods. You can also order nutritional yeast from Amazon.
As long as we're on the topic of Buddha bowls, I have to share a few of my favorite quotes from The Buddha:
Here's the Sweet Potato Brussels Sprout Buddha Bowl Recipe If you make this, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!