This Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl is the ultimate, healthy bowl meal! It’s loaded with nutrient-dense superfoods and drizzled with a creamy, lemon-tahini dressing. Everyone needs a Buddha bowl in their meal prep rotation. Come and get this!
Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl Recipe
I have loved so many superfoods since I was a college student in the 90’s, managing a deli and bakery in a health food store. Read more about that here
Back then, chickpeas, kale, quinoa, beets, turmeric, and sweet potatoes weren’t called superfoods. They were…hippie food.
I even used turmeric like it was going out of style back then. In fact, it wasn’t. Now we’re putting it in everything…I love it!
What is a Buddha Bowl?
Buddha bowl is interchangeable with hippie bowl, nourish bowl, vegan bowl, and grain bowl…and probably some others I’m missing.
It’s made of nutrient-dense ingredients, assembled as components in a bowl, and eaten as a meal.
Are Buddha bowls always vegan?
I personally like keep my buddha bowls vegan or vegetarian, but there are no rules against adding meat or seafood.
What is in a Buddha Bowl?
Buddha bowls can have any number of raw and/or prepared vegetables or fruits, and various toppings.
Ingredients can include:
- leafy greens such as kale or spinach
- microgreens or sprouts
- beans and legumes like chickpeas, black beans, or lentils
- plant based proteins like tofu, tempe, or seitan
- cooked grains such as quinoa or rice
- raw or roasted vegetables and fruit
- nuts and seeds
- topping such as a dressing, dip, or spread
As you can imagine, the combos are endless!
The goal is create a balanced selection of nutrient-dense ingredients with compatible flavors and textures that fill you up, and make you feel awesome!
Can you freeze Buddha Bowls?
I would NOT freeze a Buddha bowl because it will make both raw and cooked produce unsightly and unpleasant to eat.
However, certain components of the bowl could be frozen, such as prepared beans or grains in anticipation of your bowl meal prep.
If you add animal proteins to your Buddha bowl, you could freeze those as well.
How do you make a Buddha bowl?
There’s no wrong way to make a Buddha bowl. In fact, the combinations are endless!
My favorite way to approach it is to meal prep ingredients on Sunday, and assemble the bowls throughout the week. To do this:
- prep the produce by rinsing and chopping
- steam or cook the beans, legumes, or grains
- oven roast vegetables in batches
- make the dressing or dip
- sauté or roast the chickpeas
- assemble and devour
This Buddha bowl recipe has kale, sweet potatoes, quinoa, roasted beets, blood orange, pomegranate, avocado, sprouts, walnuts, and sautéed turmeric chickpeas are drizzled in a lemon tahini dressing.
It’s definitely geared for fall and winter with that delicious, seasonal produce!
If you’re anything like me, you find security in having cooked ingredients like quinoa, sweet potatoes, and beets at the ready, on any given week.
I use those yummy ingredients in SO many things, which makes Buddha bowls super simple to throw together!
Ingredients you’ll need for this Buddha bowl:
- beetroot (same as beets)
- sweet potato
- blood orange
- sprouts / microgreens
For the beans:
- canned chickpeas
- extra virgin olive oil
- turmeric powder
- lemon juice
- lemon zest
Kitchen tools I use for this recipe:
- chef knife and cutting board
- mixing bowls
- baking sheet (to roast veggies)
- nonstick skillet
- silicone spatula
Want more healthy, vegan, recipes?
During cooler months, quench your body’s nutritional thirst with my Citrus Fennel Arugula Salad. The sweet and savory flavors are ridiculously scrumptious!
Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette. is one of my most popular recipes on the blog!
For a healthy snack, make Hippie Dust Roasted Kale Chips. Snacks don’t get much healthier than that!
Love buddha bowls?
Here’s a Vietnamese Banh Mi bowl … so, a Banh Mi sandwich in a bowl!
This Zoodle Quinoa Power Bowl is fast, easy, and delicious for lunch or dinner!
Oh, and how about a buddha-inspired yogurt bowl for breakfast?