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10 Buddha Bowl Recipes Recommended by Nutritionists

buddha bowl recipes
buddha bowl recipes

Embarking on a journey towards a healthier and more mindful way of eating can often be overwhelming, especially when you don’t want to sacrifice on flavor. Luckily, with a selection of nutritious recipes on hand, you won’t have to!

We’ve previously shared our favorite easy one-pot recipes and crock pot recipes to help you get inspired, but now we’re entering the world of buddha bowls. These nourishing bowl recipes are visually stunning, healthy, full of flavor, and quick to toss together even if you’re short on time!

In this article, we've curated a collection of 10 healthy buddha bowl recipes recommended by Nutrisense nutritionists to make it easier than ever to fuel your body with healthy, delicious meals.

5 Main Components of a Buddha Bowl

A buddha bowl is a wholesome and nutritionally balanced meal typically served in a single bowl, showcasing a vibrant array of colorful and nutrient-rich ingredients. The main components of a buddha bowl typically include:

main components of buddha bowl
  • A base of whole grains or greens
  • A variety of colorful vegetables
  • A protein source such as tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, salmon, or grilled chicken
  • A healthy fat source, such as avocado, nuts, or seeds
  • A sauce or dressing to tie it all together

While buddha bowls are traditionally thought of as vegan or vegetarian meal options, they can be easily customized to accommodate a diverse range of dietary preferences. You can incorporate proteins like grilled chicken, salmon, or plant-based proteins, and they can also be easily customized and adapted to suit gluten-free, keto, and paleo diets.

Buddha bowls are not only visually appealing—with a little preparation in advance, they can also make a great option for meal prep! Simply cook any necessary ingredients in a big batch and store them in the fridge to quickly toss a buddha bowl together for lunch during the week.

Nourish Bowl vs. Buddha Bowl

The terms "nourish bowl" and "buddha bowl" are often used interchangeably. Both refer to a vibrant and balanced one-bowl meal composed of various nutritious ingredients, and encourage a balanced and nutritious way of eating, with a focus on whole, plant-based foods.

A nourish bowl generally emphasizes the nutritional aspect of the meal, prioritizing wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, a buddha bowl, drawing inspiration from Buddhist principles of balance and harmony, often incorporates whole foods made up of a variety of colors, textures, and flavors.

Read on to discover 10 of our favorite buddha bowl recipes to help guide you on the path to healthier eating!

1) Turmeric Tahini Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

“This Turmeric Tahini buddha bowl from Love and Lemons is a tasty option for anyone following a vegan or vegetarian diet. The mix of veggies, legumes, and whole grains provides a wide variety of nourishing vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. For a touch of extra protein, consider topping this bowl with cubed tofu or tempeh!” – Katrina Larsen, MS, RDN, CDCES

turmeric tahini buddha bowl
Source: Love and Lemons

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 red radishes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 8 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas or lentils
  • ¾ cup sauerkraut or other fermented veggies
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Turmeric tahini sauce, for serving
  • Microgreens, optional

2) Keto Buddha Bowl

“This buddha bowl recipe from Low Carb Inspirations is a great ket-friendly option as it replaces traditional higher-carbohydrate ingredients with cauliflower. The inclusion of tofu and an assortment of vegetables, such as brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and arugula, make this a high-protein, nutrient-dense meal that’s packed with flavor.” – Stephanie Etherington, RD, CD, CDCES

keto buddha bowl
Source: Low Carb Inspirations

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 14 ounces tofu
  • ½ pound brussel sprouts 
  • ½ pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

3) Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl

“I love this Thai Tempeh Bowl from Fit Mitten Kitchen if you’re looking for a high-protein vegan buddha bowl! The use of coconut aminos and cashew butter is a delicious twist to traditional soy sauce-based dressings, and the veggies, avocado, and tempeh make this dish a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. It's an added bonus that tempeh is also a fermented food providing good prebiotics for the digestive system.” – Christie Borders, MS, CNS

thai tempeh buddha bowl
Source: Fit Mitten Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 8 ounce package tempeh
  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small roasted sweet potato
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1-½ tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1-½ tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red curry paste

4) Chicken Chickpea Buddha Bowl

“This chicken chickpea buddha bowl recipe from Better Homes & Gardens incorporates lean protein, nutrient-rich vegetables such as butternut squash, and healthy fats for a delicious balanced meal. Consider swapping out the honey used in the sauce for liquid stevia or omitting it altogether for a more blood sugar-friendly option.” - Payton Baker, MS, RD, LMNT

chicken chickpea buddha bowl
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped chicken breast
  • 2 cups of cubed, peeled butternut squash
  • 2 medium shallots
  • 1-½ cups fresh green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups torn fresh kale
  • ½ cup chickpeas
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

5) Korean Crispy Tofu Buddha Bowl

“This Korean Crispy Tofu recipe from My Spice Trunk is a spicy option that combines protein-rich extra-firm tofu with the bold flavors of Gochujang paste and zesty citrus. Paired with fiber-rich veggies, quinoa, and a touch of heart-healthy olive oil, this bowl offers a delightful fusion of textures that really hits the spot!” – Victoria Eaton, RDN, LDN, IFNCP

korean crispy tofu buddha bowl
Source: My Spice Trunk

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup frozen edamame 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon zaatar 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Handful of salad leaves
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 small avocado

6) Mediterranean Chicken Tzatziki Buddha Bowl

“This Greek Chicken Bowl recipe by Half Baked Harvest makes for a great high-protein, low-carb weeknight meal! The incorporation of Greek yogurt, avocado, and tahini adds a dose of healthy fats, while the fresh vegetables give it an added boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.” – Amanda Donahue, MS, RD, CD

mediterranean chicken buddha bowl
Source: Half Baked Harvest

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 shallots or ½ a red onion
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • Pinch of chili flakes, Kosher salt, and black pepper
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup tzatziki sauce
  • Handful of lettuce, peperoncini, onion, tomatoes for serving
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

7) Minted Lentil Veggie Bowl

“This Lentil Veggie Bowl recipe by Feasting At Home is a nutritional powerhouse, with lentils serving as an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, and essential minerals. The mix of dark leafy greens, cauliflower, and other veggies provide vitamins such as A, C, E, and K, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.”

lentil veggie buddha bowl
Source: Feasting at Home

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup dry lentils
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch Aleppo chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1-½ cups dark leafy greens
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, cabbage or beets
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • Handful of fresh herbs 

8) Vegan Falafel Buddha Bowl

“This Vegan Falafel Bowl from Cauldron Foods combines the protein and fiber-rich properties of quinoa, edamame, and falafel to create a nutritious and satiating midday meal. Optionally toss with a few cubes of chopped tofu for an added boost of protein and enjoy! 

vegan falafel buddha bowl
Source: Cauldron Foods

Ingredients

  • 100 grams quinoa
  • 1 pack falafel
  • 50 grams baby kale
  • 1 avocado
  • 40 grams edamame beans
  • ½ carrot, grated
  • ¼ red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Handful of fresh, chopped parsley and cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

9) Crispy Sesame Tempeh Bowl

“Another great plant-based option, this Crispy Sesame Tempeh Bowl from Feasting At Home features tempeh as a satiating plant-based protein source. To make this dish more blood sugar-friendly, consider swapping the rice for cauliflower rice and omit the maple syrup when whipping up the dressing!”

crispy sesame tempeh buddha bowl
Source: Feasting at Home

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces tempeh, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mirin or water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2–4 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1– 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-½ cups cooked brown rice or cauliflower rice
  • 3–4 cups steamed or roasted vegetables of choice
  • Scallions or cilantro to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste

10) Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

“This Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl by Love and Lemons is a low-calorie, high-fiber substitute for traditional rice, promoting weight management and digestive health. If you’re looking for a healthy, homemade Chipotle alternative—this is it! It also contains lots of heart-healthy foods such as avocado, olive oil, and cashews, which add beneficial monounsaturated fats to the mix.” – Kim Vair, MS, RDN, 200-RYT

cauliflower rice buddha bowl
Source: Love and Lemons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canned mild green chiles
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 corn tortillas, sliced into strips (optional)
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
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Reviewed by: Victoria Eaton, RDN, LDN, IFNCP

Victoria began her career in the functional medicine space in 2015. She has extensive experience interpreting labs and supporting weight loss, gut imbalances, and chronic migraines. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Missouri State University.