A delicious and healthy vegan sweet potato buddha bowl recipe 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.
Buddha bowls have become one of the most popular ways to nourish our bodies. Full of nutritious ingredients and vibrant colors, like this Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl that has all of that and more!
Bright roasted sweet potatoes, hearty sautéed kale, flavor-packed black beans all covered in a creamy, tangy avocado sauce.
Such a quick delicious meal prep recipe to have on hand all week long.
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 topped off with fresh herbs and a creamy sauce. Sounds amazing right?
So 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
- 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
- Baking sheet
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden spoon and spatula
- Kitchen tongs
- Vegetable peeler
- Meal prep/storage containers and mason jars
- Parchment paper
- Sharp kitchen knives
Ingredients needed to make this recipe
How do you make a buddha bowl?
- Start with a base consisting of leafy greens like baby spinach or kale, cabbage, lettuce, rice noodles, or soba noodles.
- Add in some plant-based proteins like beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts or seeds
- Next, pick your grains or starches: Quinoa, brown rice, millet, farro, buckwheat, or sweet potatoes.
- Then Bring on the mix of crunchy, raw and cooked veggies like cucumber, bell pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, squash.
- Finish it all off with some fresh herbs like cilantro, chives or parsley and some Tahini sauce, avocado, salsa, balsamic vinegar, greek yogurt, or pesto.
How to make this Incredible Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with black beans
- 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.
3. 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!!!
4. 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.
5. Finally, whip up the insane sauce.
Avocado Cream Sauce Ingredients
To make the avocado cream sauce: Mix 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. Blend it all up and wallah! Avocado Cream Sauce!
6. Build your bowl and top it with the sauce. Add some of the sauteed greens, roasted sweet potatoes, and cooked black bean to a bowl and drizzle on some of the creamy sauce. Omg!
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.
Don’t forget to tag”
It’s a beautiful thing that you will want to make over and over again!
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Recipe Notes and 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? 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.
- Out of black beans? Swap the black beans with roasted chickpeas
- Additions to this recipe – add on some chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds for more crunch.
- 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.
I hope you try this recipe. If you do, then please leave a rating and comment below.Print