This Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl Recipe is a dish that everyone will love. Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned cooked black beans, and sautéed garlicky kale all topped with an incredible avocado cream sauce. A quick and healthy dinner anyone can make.
I love a good sweet potato buddha bowl and I have made a few over the years. This recipe is one that I came up with on a whim out of ingredients I had at the time and it just worked out so well and was so good that I had to share it with your all.
The bright roasted sweet potatoes, hearty sautéed kale, flavor-packed black beans all covered in a creamy, tangy avocado sauce just worked so perfectly together and just make a really satisfying plant based meal. Similar to this chickpea buddha bowl which is equally easy and delicious.
This is also such a quick delicious meal prep recipe to have on hand all week long. One of the exact reasons why this recipe is so wonderful.
- Meal prep friendly
- Packed with hearty fiber
- Plant-based AND so delicious that everyone will want some.
The combination of the sweet potato coupled with the black beans is one of my favorite combos because it gives you a great balance of flavor plus good protein and carbs. Not to mention all of the vitamins you get.
Similarly, my kids love these Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos and this amazing Healthy Black Bean Burger that also have this incredible combination of flavors that usually just balance each other out so well.
What is a Buddha Bowl?
A Buddha Bowl is typically a vegetarian or vegan meal served in a bowl (obviously), which consists of a little bit of everything from grains, plant-based proteins, starches, a mix of raw and cooked veggies and finished off with fresh herbs and a creamy sauce. Sounds amazing right?
Why is it called a buddha bowl?
There are several theories on this, especially since it is something that has become very popular over the last couple of years as we have shifted from calling them “grain bowls” to “buddha bowls.”
My favorite story and the one that sounds the most probable is that Buddha himself used to wake early in the morning and take a walk through town wherever he was, carrying a bowl that locals would fill with whatever food they could spare as a donation to him.
Whatever he had in his bowl at the end of the day is what he ate. Isn’t that such a cool story?
Pantry items to have on hand for making buddha bowl recipes at home
It is great to be prepared and have a good stock of items in your pantry for whenever you are in need of a quick and hearty meal like a buddha bowl. Here are some key staples I keep in my pantry at all times in the event I need to make a recipe like this.
Together with the tools noted below they help me stay prepared in the event that hunger strikes. unexpectedly.
- Oil –olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
- Potatoes – sweet, white, red, and purple potatoes all work great!
- Nut butters –
tahinisauce, peanut butter, or almond butter for making quick dressings and sauces
- Grains – quinoa, brown rice, millet, or barley
- Beans – chickpeas, black beans, or kidney beans
- Nuts and seeds for extra crunch, good fat, and protein – cashews, pistachios, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Spices – garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, oregano
Kitchen tools needed for making buddha bowls
Comparatively, having these kitchen tools on hand also allows you to immediately create delicious buddha bowls of your own at any time.
- Baking sheet
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden spoon and spatula
- Kitchen tongs
- Vegetable peeler
- Meal prep/storage containers and mason jars
- Parchment paper
- Sharp kitchen knives
All of these supplies are useful items that you can use in your everyday cooking in order to have meals and snacks ready in a pinch.
Additionally, I try to keep prepped sauces in the fridge for a quick grab to top salads and bowls as well.
Ingredients needed to make this Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
How do you make a buddha bowl?
Making a buddha bowl consists of a few simple steps and is actually quite fun to make and eat! The best part of all is that you can pre-make most of the ingredients you need to make any buddha bowl and store them in the refrigerator to have on hand for quick snacks and meals.
With this in mind, you should also try this Healthy Baked Falafel Buddha Bowl or this Chickpeas and Greens Buddha Bowl for some other fun bowl recipes that are also easy to make and additionally packed with hearty protein and nutrients.
Steps for making a basic Sweet Potato buddha bowl
- First Start with a base. Choose a base consisting of leafy greens like baby spinach or kale, cabbage, lettuce, rice noodles, or soba noodles.
- Then Add in some plant-based proteins: Such as beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts or seeds
- Next pick your grains or starches: Quinoa, brown rice, millet, farro, buckwheat, or sweet potatoes.
- Add some crunchy veggies. Choose a mix of raw and cooked veggies like cucumber, bell pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, squash.
- Finally, top it and serve. Finish it all off with some fresh herbs like cilantro, chives or parsley and some Tahini sauce, avocado, salsa, balsamic vinegar, greek yogurt, Homemade Healthy Salad Dressing, Beet Pesto or this Lemon Basil Pesto.
How to make this Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with black beans
- First make the roasted sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Dice up the sweet potato, drizzle it with some olive oil, season with garlic powder and chili powder, salt, and pepper, and toss. Place the potatoes onto a baking sheet in a single layer and roast them for 25 minutes in the oven until the potatoes are tender and slightly golden brown. To get them even crispier, you can flip them over halfway through the cooking time. Expert tip: See recipe notes for how to cook the sweet potatoes in the air-fryer.
- Second sauté the kale: Heat up some olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat on the stovetop, Add in the sliced kale (you could also sub in baby spinach here as well) and cook until wilted. Yum!!!
- Then cook the black beans: Sauté some onions, peppers and garlic and a few spices, along with some taco seasoning and olive oil, add the black beans and cook for a few minutes to wake up all of that flavor.
- Next make the Avocado Cream Sauce. Add half of a ripe avocado with some greek yogurt (sub in 1/4 cup coconut milk for vegan option), lime juice, honey, or maple syrup, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, cilantro, parsley, salt, and pepper to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Finally, build your Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl and top it with the sauce. Add some of the sautéed greens, roasted sweet potatoes, and cooked black beans to a bowl and drizzle on some of the creamy sauce. Omg it’s so good!
You may need to take a moment and admire the beauty of this buddha bowl and maybe create an Instagram moment since it is so Insta-worthy.
Additionally, don’t forget to tag”
As a result, it’s a beautiful thing that you will want to make over and over again! This is definitely a recipe you can eat it for lunch or dinner the next day.
It is equally as good with a fried egg on top for breakfast as well.
What to serve with this Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
Here are some fun meal additions that I like to serve with this recipe. Especially the ones that double as a topping.
- Kale and squash Quinoa Patties
- Hummus: Such as this 5 minute Hummus, Classic Homemade Hummus, or this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Hummus is also a great topping on buddha bowls like this one.
- Crispy Baked Beet Chips which are so fun to make and enjoy alongside this recipe as a fun, crunchy side dish. Better yet, dip the chips in some of the sauce!
Other easy meatless dinner ideas you may also love
Looking for more easy meatless dinner ideas? Here are some of my faves that I make quite frequently.
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos
- Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash
- The Best Healthy Black Bean Burger
- Simple Chickpea Chickpea Chicken Salad
- Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi
- Baked Eggplant Meatballs
- Chickpea Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
Possible Recipe Variations
- You can also top this buddha bowl with a Tahini sauce for a fully vegan buddha bowl version. Or sub the greek yogurt with dairy-free greek yogurt.
- Don’t have kale? Obviously, if you don’t have kale, then you can use collard greens or even baby spinach in place of the kale in this recipe. Just follow the same method noted in the recipe. Ultimately, you will get the same result just slightly different since different types of greens have different tastes and textures.
- Out of black beans? Swap the black beans with these Oven Roasted chickpeas or these Taco Seasoned Crispy Chickpeas. They are equally as nutritious.
- Additions to this recipe – You definitely want to add on some chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds for more crunch.
- Of course if you are out of avocado then try topping this buddha bowl with homemade basil pesto or this incredible roasted beet pesto for added color and nutrition.
- After you make this recipe, you can easily store it separately in airtight containers. Then build and top your bowl when you are ready to enjoy it!
Did you make this recipe? If you did, then please leave a rating and comment below. You can also tag me on Instagram @pinchmegoodfood so I can see your creation.Print