Roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this easy, healthy, gluten free, vegan buddha bowl recipe!
This popular buddha bowl has been shared over 30,000 times on Pinterest! People rave about the flavor of the dish and how easy it is to make! If you love this bowl, you’ll also love these vegan recipes for Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls and Buffalo Chickpea Buddha Bowls!
While 2016 was the year that the Wall Street Journal claimed “Bowls Are The New Plates“, the bowl trend isn’t going anywhere in 2017! According to the “Pinterest 100”, Buddha Bowls are one of the Top 10 Food Trend Predictions of 2017!
So what exactly is a Buddha Bowl? It’s a healthy bowl filled with a whole grain, such as brown rice or quinoa and raw or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower. It’s then topped with a healthy sauce or dip, such as hummus, peanut sauce or pesto.
I love the Buddha Bowl Trend because it’s a fun way to play around with different healthy options in the kitchen without eating the same thing over and over! It’s also great for meal prepping. You can easily prepare a few delicious bowls to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week.
In this recipe, I roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper, bringing a ton of flavor to this healthy bowl! I tossed the sweet potatoes on top of cooked quinoa, which adds fiber, protein and a nuttiness to the bowl. Brown rice, farro, couscous, or your favorite grain would also work well!
I topped the bowl with shredded carrots, cilantro, peanuts and most importantly, my famous Thai Peanut Sauce! This recipe makes more peanut sauce than you need for this recipe. Place the remainder of the sauce in a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed that you have extra of this sauce on hand!
It’s so delicious on everything from Thai Peanut Chicken Naan Pizzas, to Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Turkey Meatballs. If you’re looking for more vegan recipes to use it on, try these Thai Peanut Pineapple Veggie Rice Bowls or this Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry, minus the chicken + extra veggies!
How to make a Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
- Roast the Sweet Potatoes. Toss small diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, minced garlic, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Place in a 425°F preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Quick Tip: Place the sweet potatoes on a sheet of foil on the baking sheet for easy clean-up!
- Prepare the quinoa. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare the quinoa, or grain of your choice, for the base of the bowl. Add 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa to a medium pot with 1 cup of water. Place on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set aside until you’re ready to prepare the bowls.
- Prepare the Thai Peanut Sauce. While the sweet potatoes are roasting and quinoa is cooking on the stove, prepare the peanut sauce. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, Thai red curry paste and apple cider vinegar to a blender or food processor. Add soy sauce, brown sugar and fresh squeezed lime juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Put the Buddha Bowl Recipe together. Divide the cooked quinoa between two bowls. Top each bowl with half of the roasted sweet potatoes. Add shredded carrots, cilantro and chopped peanuts. Drizzle Thai peanut sauce over the bowls.
Is this buddha bowl healthy?
This buddha bowl is packed with healthy ingredients. Sweet potatoes and carrots are a wonderful source of Vitamin A. Just one serving of this bowl provides 880% of your daily vitamin A needs. Whoa! That’s a lot of vitamins!
Each bowl also contains 18 grams of fiber and 46 mg of iron. There’s also 28 grams of plant based protein per serving in this vegan buddha bowl. Overall, it’s a healthy option to add to a balanced diet!
Can you eat buddha bowls cold?
This buddha bowl recipe can be eaten hot or cold. It’s great for taking to work or school for lunch. Be sure to keep the peanut sauce on the side in a separate container, then drizzle on top of the bowl right before eating.
What else can you add to this buddha bowl?
While you can most certainly eat this bowl just as it is, if you’d like to add some extra veggies or protein, here are a few of my favorite add-ons!
- Chickpeas – canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed) can be roasted with the sweet potatoes for extra plant based protein. A cup of chickpeas provides 35 grams of fiber, which is 140% of your daily fiber needs! It also contains a whopping 39 grams of protein.
- Broccoli – Roasted with the sweet potatoes or served raw on top of the bowl, a cup of broccoli florets is a great addition to this bowl. At only 31 calories per cup, it adds 135% of your daily vitamin C needs and will help fill you up!
- Cucumber– a 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber added to each bowl, provides another burst of crispy, fresh flavor to this recipe!
- Edamame – fresh shelled edamame can be added right on top of the bowls or frozen shelled edamame can be roasted with the sweet potatoes. Either way, a cup of these soybeans will add an additional 8 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein to these buddha bowls!
- Cabbage – shredded green of purple cabbage can be added on top of these bowls for even more crunch and extra veggie goodness!
Looking for more easy vegan recipes? Check out these 5 popular dishes!
- Vegan Pad Thai with Zoodles – it’s everything you love about pad Thai, with less carbs and TONS of veggies!
- Vegan Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice – so many veggies, so much goodness, all in one delicious bowl!
- Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl – If you love this Thai Peanut Sweet Potato bowl, you also have to try the Mexican version of this recipe!
- Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale – I created this recipe as an Autumn dish, but I can’t stop eating it year-round! This easy vegan meal is made on one pan, for easy cooking and clean-up! Frozen butternut squash can be found year-round at most major grocery stores.
- Vegan Tacos with Grilled Veggies & Chimichurri – Taco Tuesday is my favorite day of the week, because let’s be honest, tacos are DELICIOUS! You know what else is delicious? Grilled veggies and easy homemade chimichurri sauce, making these vegan tacos downright amazing!
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Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
Roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa are topped with delicious Thai peanut sauce in this easy, healthy, gluten free & vegan buddha bowl recipe!
- 4 cups sweet potato peeled & small dice
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup quinoa cooked
- ½ cup carrots shredded
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup peanuts chopped
- ½ cup Thai Peanut Sauce recipe below
Thai Peanut Sauce
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup Thai red curry paste
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Toss the sweet potatoes and garlic with the olive oil, rosemary, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
- Spread into an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the peanut sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a large blender or food processor.
Distribute the roasted sweet potatoes, cooked quinoa, carrots, cilantro and peanuts between two bowls. Drizzle the peanut sauce over the bowls.
- The nutritional information provided is for one bowl with 1/4 cup of peanut sauce.
- The Thai peanut sauce recipe provided will make approximately 3 cups of sauce. You can either cut down on the ingredients to make less sauce or view the original post for the sauce here to see what other recipes you can make with it.
- To add more protein to this buddha bowl, roast 1 cup of canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed) or 1 cup frozen shelled edamame with the sweet potatoes.
- To add more veggies to this buddha bowl, add broccoli florets, diced cucumber or shredded cabbage to the bowl with the carrots and cilantro.