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Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe

Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe

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Vegan Buddha Bowl: A Nutritious, Colorful Dish Featuring a Variety of Vegetables and Grains

Introduction

Welcome to our recipe for a nutritious and colorful Vegan Buddha Bowl. This dish is a delightful combination of fresh vegetables, hearty grains, and flavorful dressings that makes for a satisfying meal that’s as beautiful as it is healthy. Whether you’re a committed vegan or just looking to add more plant-based meals into your diet, this Buddha Bowl is a great choice.

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Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe

Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe


  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

This Vegan Buddha Bowl recipe is packed full of nutritious vegetables and grains. It’s simple to make, delicious, and perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

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For the Buddha Bowl:

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of roasted chickpeas
  • 1 cup of shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup of sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup of diced bell peppers (red, yellow, and green)
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • A pinch of salt and pepper


Instructions

  1. Start by cooking your quinoa according to the package instructions.
  2. While your quinoa is cooking, roast your chickpeas in a preheated oven at 200°C for 15-20 minutes until crispy.
  3. Prepare your vegetables by washing and slicing them as indicated.
  4. For the dressing, combine the tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a small bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once all your ingredients are ready, assemble your Buddha Bowl. Start with a base of quinoa, then add your vegetables and chickpeas.
  6. Drizzle your tahini dressing over the top, and serve!

Notes

  1. Preparation: To make the cooking process go smoother, try to prepare all your ingredients before you start. Having everything washed, chopped, and ready to go can make the cooking process much more enjoyable.
  2. Roasting Chickpeas: For crispier chickpeas, make sure they are thoroughly dried before roasting, and give them plenty of space on the baking sheet. Overcrowding can lead to them steaming instead of roasting.
  3. Quinoa Cooking Tip: Rinse your quinoa under cold water before cooking. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that can make it taste bitter. Rinsing it off before cooking can help reduce this bitterness.
  4. Dressing: The dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. In fact, it often tastes better after it’s had some time for the flavors to meld together.
  5. Variations: This recipe is very flexible. Feel free to substitute any of the vegetables with what you have on hand or prefer. You can also add additional protein like tofu or tempeh.
  6. Storage: If you’re planning to have leftovers, store the components separately in the fridge. This will prevent the vegetables from getting soggy and keep the ingredients fresh.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: vegan Buddha bowl, healthy Buddha bowl, plant-based Buddha bowl

Tips and Variations

Feel free to customize your Vegan Buddha Bowl with your favorite vegetables or grains. You could also add some tofu or tempeh for extra protein. If you’re not vegan, you might enjoy it with a boiled egg or some feta cheese.

Nutritional Information

Please note that these are approximate values. Actual nutritional content can vary based on the specific brands of ingredients used, the cooking method, and portion sizes. It’s also worth noting that nutritional needs can vary from person to person.

Here’s a rough estimate:

Calories: 550

  • This estimate is based on the calorie content of the ingredients. It could be more or less depending on portion size and specific brands of ingredients.

Protein: 20g

  • Quinoa and chickpeas are both good sources of plant-based protein.

Carbohydrates: 85g

  • This estimate includes the carbohydrates in the quinoa, chickpeas, vegetables, and dressing.

Fiber: 20g

  • Quinoa, chickpeas, and vegetables are all high in fiber.

Fat: 15g

  • This includes the healthy fats from the tahini in the dressing.

Sodium: 200mg

  • This is an estimate based on the sodium in the ingredients. The actual sodium content could be higher if you add extra salt.

Sugar: 15g

  • This includes the natural sugars in the vegetables and the added sugar in the maple syrup in the dressing.

Remember, these are rough estimates and actual values can vary. If you want more precise nutritional information, you might consider using a recipe nutrition calculator, which can provide more accurate results based on the specific ingredients and quantities you’re using.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use a different grain instead of quinoa?

Yes, you can substitute the quinoa with any other grain you prefer. Brown rice, farro, couscous, or bulgur would all work well in this recipe.

2. Can I add protein to this Buddha Bowl?

Absolutely! While the recipe is already protein-packed thanks to the quinoa and chickpeas, you can add more protein if you like. Tofu, tempeh, or edamame would be great vegan options. If you’re not following a vegan diet, grilled chicken, salmon, or a boiled egg could also be added.

3. What other dressings can I use for this Buddha Bowl?

While the tahini dressing is a delicious option, you can use any dressing you like. A simple vinaigrette, an avocado dressing, or even a spicy peanut sauce would all pair well with the ingredients in this Buddha Bowl.

4. How long will leftovers keep in the refrigerator?

Leftover Buddha Bowl ingredients can be stored separately in the fridge for 3-4 days. It’s best to keep the dressing separate until you’re ready to eat to prevent the ingredients from getting soggy.

5. Can I make this Buddha Bowl in advance?

Yes, you can prepare all the components of the Buddha Bowl in advance and assemble it when you’re ready to eat. This makes it a great option for meal prep!

If you are a fan of Quinoa, then check out this other recipe for a delicious and simple One Pot Chicken and Quinoa!

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