We absolutely love a good Buddha bowl for a meal that's complete and well-rounded but also easy to serve -- no side dishes here. A Buddha bowl usually features grains, protein, lots of vegetables, and some kind of healthy seasoning sauce. Aside from these very basic constraints, however, the sky's the limit. Here are four of our absolute favorite Buddha bowl recipes, each of which is quite distinct but equally delicious. They're positively perfect for a Meatless Monday lunch or dinner.
First up is a delicious concoction with several components. The base of this Buddha bowl is a combo of kale, roasted sweet potatoes, broccolini, and red onion. Spiced chickpeas seasoned with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, and turmeric are scattered atop this nutrient-rich base. Finally, a homemade tahini sauce that's perfectly balanced with maple syrup and lemon juice is drizzled over the top.
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Buddha bowl recipes always feature veggies, but this bowl is chock full of them. A grain base is topped with carrots, radishes, avocado, kale, lettuce, cabbage, and tomatoes, for a plethora of colors and nutrients. Chickpeas add a bit of much-needed protein; they're blended into a homemade hummus that serves as a sauce for this tasty bowl. It's a perfectly satisfying way to get your five (or more!) a day.
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This vegan, Cuban-influenced Buddha bowl starts with a base of brown rice and black beans. On top you'll find cumin-seasoned sweet potatoes and pan-fried plantains, followed by sliced avocado and homemade pico de gallo. There are a lot of flavors going on in this bowl, which are hearty and savory.
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This Korean rice bowl is inspired by a traditional bibimbap, without the traditional meat that this dish usually includes. Instead, a jasmine rice base is topped with a variety of vegetables, including snow peas, carrots, cabbage, and scallions. Fried eggs top these bowls, and the cooked yolks drizzle down into the bowl once pierced to form the sauce.
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