This tasty vegan buddha bowl takes ten minutes to toss together and can be adjusted to use what you have on hand!
Here’s what I serve for dinner when I don’t feel like cooking but still want to eat healthy. I’m calling this a buddha bowl, but it’s kind of a blend between a buddha bowl and a burrito bowl since I’m using salsa as my “dressing.”
This vegan buddha bowl keeps things VERY simple and you can swap any of the ingredients out for whatever you have on hand. We eat some version of this at least once a week since it’s so simple and hearty.
How to Make Your Own Vegan Buddha Bowl
Usually I start by microwaving some leftover brown rice. We have a rice cooker (HIGHLY recommend getting one), so I make rice in batches and always keep some in the fridge for a few days at a time.
Next up, I microwave some veggies! I usually heat up some frozen corn or broccoli. On this particular day I decided to spend more time roasting the broccoli, but I usually use the microwave.
While the vegetables are microwaving, I slice two roma tomatoes, cube an avocado and chop some cilantro. I season the tomato and avocado with salt and pepper. This makes two bowls, so if you’re cooking for one, just use one tomato and half an avocado.
When the veggies are done, I rinse a can of beans, add a few spoonfuls of chunky salsa to the beans and microwave for a couple of minutes. They look so ugly in the pictures, but I swear it’s good.
Then I add everything to the bowl, arranging everything nicely. And finally I add a little salsa to the rice. This always hits the spot and I could eat this every day!
It takes about ten minutes total if you’re starting with leftover rice, so when you make rice, double the batch so you can have the base of this meal ready to go ahead of time.
If you want to completely change the buddha bowl, you can swap out the black beans for chick peas and the salsa for an avocado dressing or tahini dressing.
Here are some ingredient ideas to get some ideas rolling.
Vegan Buddha Bowl Ingredient Ideas
- Brown Rice
- Basmati Rice
- Wild Rice
- Roasted Sweet Potato
- Roasted Squash
- Black Beans
- Chick Peas
- Tahini Dressing
- Peanut Dressing
- Avocado Dressing
- Sesame Seeds
- Chopped Peanuts
- Nori Strips
- Wonton Strips
Sometimes I’ll also swap the rice for roasted potatoes since my husband isn’t a huge lover of rice. Seriously good either way!
Hope you guys try it! If you end up making any adjustments to this vegan buddha bowl, let me know – I’m always looking for new ideas!