Easy Quinoa Buddha Bowl (Energizing, Vegan)
An energizing and refreshing, plant-based power bowl! This Buddha bowl with quinoa is topped with raw beets, chickpeas, and a light tahini orange dressing. An easy, healthy, gluten-free bowl that makes the perfect pick-me-up lunch or 30 minute meal.
A healthy, power bowl guaranteed to nourish and reenergize! This Buddha bowl recipe is made with refreshing, liver-friendly vegetables and fiber-boosting chickpeas.
Plus, drizzled with an orange tahini dressing keeps the bowl light and fresh. This vegan Buddha bowl is great for:
- Meal prep lunches
- 15-minute dinners
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What Is A Buddha Bowl?
Buddha bowl is a fancy way of saying “plant-based power bowl of random items”. Truly!
Typically Buddha bowl recipes are vegan recipes. Likewise, what they have in common is that they’re loaded in vegetables.
Even though there are a ton of recipes out there, creating your own Buddha bowl is really simple! In fact, all you need is:
- a base
- 2-4 vegetables
- something crunchy
- plant-based protein
- a dressing or sauce
Are Buddha Bowls Healthy?
Yes! Most Buddha bowls have a predominant focus on vegetables and whole grains. They use a combo of plant-based protein to round out the macronutrients. However, other proteins can obviously be used.
Likewise, they are easily be topped with gut-boosting additives like kimchi, pickled onions etc.
How To Make It Paleo Or Whole30 Approved
Because many Buddha bowls place focus on whole grains, they’re not often whole30 approved.
If you want to rectify that, simply substitute the quinoa in this bowl for easy cauliflower rice. Similarly, you’ll need to omit the chickpeas entirely as legumes are not permitted on either diet (learn more about paleo-approved foods).
You’ll want to note though that removing the quinoa will also remove a lot of the bowls protein content. Thus, you may want to add an additional source.
While this recipe is topped using fresh, raw veggies, you can always add more to mix and match. Some favorites are:
- roasted chickpeas for raw
- dandelion kimchi
- pickled anything
This Buddha bowl on quinoa makes the perfect meal prep recipe. Given that everything is eaten cold, it’s easy to make ahead of time and take it with you!
Simply portion the quinoa and toppings into separate containers and top with the dressing (or keep the dressing on the side, your choice!).
Buddha Bowl Dressing
This recipe uses an orange tahini dressing to keep the bowl light. Plus, the combo of oranges with beets gives the bowl a sweeter flavor which is lovely in the warmer months.
The dressing can be placed on the bowl ahead of time and left to sit or drizzled on right before eating.
Creating Simple Dinners
If you’re looking for even easier, healthy dinner recipes, check out The Busy Moms E-Cookbook,- simple dinners for busy moms where I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less. From easy vegan tacos to beef and quinoa chili, simple chicken pasta to a bok choy and mushroom bowl. These dinner recipes share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All of the recipes are dairy-free or could easily be made dairy-free
- The majority of the recipes are gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
To make dinner-time even LESS stressful, I’ve also included several bonus tips on food prep, pantry staples and how to make healthy eating simple. Grab your copy of The Busy Mom’s E-Cookbook
- 3 cups cooked & chilled quinoa (¾ dry)
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
- 2 large beets, shredded
- 5 inches of cucumber, sliced
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 8 radishes, sliced
- 1 tablespoon miso
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
- ⅛ cup oil of choice (walnut was used)
- ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
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Tahini Beet Buddha Bowl With Quinoa (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
This Beet & Orange Buddha Bowl is filled with nutrients, gut-boosting ingredients, and simple to whip up. It's light and refreshing making it perfect for warm summer nights when you don't want to cook.