This vegan sweet potato Buddha bowl contains different nutrients and flavors from sweet potatoes, chickpeas, broccoli, red onion, Quinoa, and cashews in one bowl. This bowl is so colorful and delicious.
This is an excellent protein-packed vegetarian/ vegan bowl that you can have for lunch or dinner. Since you can serve this bowl cold, You can pack it for picnics or work, and it will keep you well satisfied for a long time.
What is a Buddha bowl?
According to the online dictionary, the Buddha bowl is a vegetarian or vegan dish consisting of small portions of different foods served cold in one bowl.
How do you make a Buddha bowl
When making a Buddha bowl, make sure your bowl contains all the vital food nutrients needed by the body.
You can have various whole grains or starches, proteins, nuts, vegetables, and or fruits and some fresh dressing or creamy sauce drizzled on it.
In addition to making it healthier, make it colorful and delicious. Try to balance the different types of foods you want to include in your bowl. You should have:
A grain or starch: You can have rice, Quinoa, bulgar wheat, millet, potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, or oats. Try to go for the whole grains since they have more fiber, keeping you regular, keeping you full longer, and preventing overeating.
Protein: Go for the high plant protein foods such as tofu, tempeh, chickpea, ar any variety beans, edamame, lentils, green peas, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
Vegetables: These come in different colors, textures, and tastes. You can have them cooked, roasted, or raw veggies.
My favorite vegetables are broccoli, Brussels sprouts,spinach,cabbage,kale,zucchini,asparagus,collard greens,carrots,turnips,spinach and celery. Choose vegetables with different colors and textures
Fruits: Fruits have different plant compounds and nutrients that are beneficial for health. Try to add some to your buddha bowl to make your dish more appealing and appetizing.
Nuts and seeds: These contain healthy natural fats, amino acids, fiber, and proteins. The fat in nuts and seeds helps lower LDL bad cholesterol and increase HDL good cholesterol in the body.
They also help increase satiety, which helps to keep you fuller for a long time. You can have them raw or roasted or use them in making the dressing.
Dressing: Make a light dressing to make the buddha bowl flavorful and tastier.
What’s in my vegan sweet potato Buddha Bowl?
Roasted sweet potatoes: This is the main ingredient since I am making a vegan sweet potato buddha bowl.
Chop the potatoes into cube size, lightly drizzle some olive oil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Add these to a portion of your bowl.
Cooked Quinoa: Prepare Quinoa according to instruction. Cool and add to the bowl.
Broccoli: I added some lightly steamed broccoli, but you can as well use roasted broccoli or any other vegetable to the bowl.
Roasted chickpea: This is an excellent source of protein. These chickpeas are crispy on the outside but soft inside.
Cashew and lemon sauce: This is a combination of blended raw cashews, lemon juice, garlic powder, water, salt, maple syrup, and olive oil.
Red onion: These add minerals and vitamins to the food. They also add color to the plate. You can have them raw or roasted.
Can I make a variation of this vegan sweet potato buddha bowl?
You can customize this buddha bowl according to your liking and preference. Here are some of the variations you can make.
For the grain/starch: Use brown rice, millet, corn, whole wheat, Barley, or buckwheat instead of Quinoa for the grains.
Veggies -You can swap the broccoli with kale, collards, spinach, asparagus, or Brussel sprouts. Prepare these vegetables using any preferred method. For instance, you can steam, roast, grill, stir fry or have them raw.
Change the Protein: Try a different type of plant protein such as lentils, tofu, mushrooms, or any beans.
Sauce/ dressing: Try a different type of sauce or gravy.
Sweet potato Buddha Bowl recipe
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