When it comes to quick and healthy meals, we’re all about piling ingredients together into one simple dish (salad cake, anyone?). When everything is mingling together in one bowl, it means your meal is a one-stop-shop. That can be said for smoothie bowls,grain bowls and, our personal favorite, Buddha bowls. They’re full of vegetables, healthy grains and lean protein for a perfectly balanced, nourishing meal. Plus, they’re usually topped with a unique sauce that keeps you coming back for more. Whether you’re vegan or a major carnivore, there is a Buddha bowl with your name on it. Keep reading for 20 wholesome Buddha bowls that will keep you full and energized all day long.


1. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl: This satisfying bowl of goodness is chock full of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale and onion. Don’t skimp on the sweet and nutty tahini-maple sauce that makes the dish unforgettable. (via Minimalist Baker)


2. Beach Buddha Bowl: Roasted sweet potatoes and a tamari drizzle give this bowl a sweet and tasty Hawaiian vibe. It’s filled to the brim with veggies, so you’re definitely going to feel beach ready after eating it. (via Pür Body Nutrition)

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3. Asian-Inspired Breakfast Bowl With Sesame Aioli: Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. That means it’s essential to get as many nutrients in as possible so you can start your day off on the right foot — and this bowl is sure to do that. (via Kale Me Maybe)


4. Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl With Quinoa and Avocado: This clean Buddha bowl is jam-packed with plant-based protein and fiber. It’s also vegan AND gluten free, so you’re safe serving this to almost anyone. (via Well Plated)


5. BBQ Tofu Buddha Bowl: Buddha Bowls can be whatever you want them to be. As long as you have a healthy mix of protein, veggies and grains, then the kitchen is your oyster. This bowl has sweet corn and BBQ tofu, which just screams summer. (via Sofia Von Porat)


6. Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls: They say you eat with your eyes first, and (whoever “they” are) they’re right. If this beautiful bowl tastes as delicious as it looks, then you’re in for a pretty spectacular meal. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

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7. Buddha Bowl With Creamy Hemp Seed Dressing: Some cities have embraced the Buddha bowl trend, while others… not so much. If you live in the latter group, your only option of finding one may be to make yours at home. This is a great beginner recipe to get you started. (via Beets and Buddha)


8. Falafel Veggie Bowls With Tahini Dressing: Be prepared for your Instagram feed to blow up after you upload a pic of this baby. The colors are phenomenal, and the fresh flavors are just as impressive. (via Little Spice Jar)


9. Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls: Skip the expensive takeout and make this Thai quinoa bowl at home tonight. It’s ready to eat in under an hour, which is more than we can say for delivery food. (via Fit Foodie Finds)


10. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce: Get ready to board the train to tasty town, because that’s where this bowl is taking you. The olives, feta and cucumber all have a place in this Greek-inspired bowl, but that roasted red pepper sauce is the star of the dish. (via Pinch of Yum)


11. Quinoa Buddha Bowl With Miso Gravy: Marinating the tempeh before cooking allows for all of those wonderful Asian flavors to get absorbed. Top with miso gravy and you’ll discover what umami really means. (via Wholehearted Eats)

12. Mushroom Quinoa Breakfast Bowl With Smashed Avocado and Parsley Almond Pesto: It’s a good thing this bowl is full of savory ingredients, because it’s going to keep you full well past lunch. It’s loaded with complex carbs and healthy fats, which means it’s the perfect antioxidant-rich dish for any meal. (via Kale Me Maybe)

13. Nourishing Buddha Bowl: The term “Buddha bowl” not only refers to the pure qualities they possess, but it’s also a nod to the rounded tops of the bowls that mimic Buddha’s belly. With hearty root vegetables like beets and carrots, this bowl certainly lives up to its nourishing name. (via Nourish Atelier)


14. Orange-Ginger Tempeh Bowl and Black Sesame Sauce: Versatility is key when preparing meals day in and day out. The great thing about these wholesome bowls is that you can change them up slightly and enjoy something different every day. This one stands out because of its wonderful black sesame sauce and orange ginger-spiced tempeh. (via The Green Life)


15. Rainbow Quinoa Buddha Bowl With Ginger Tahini Dressing: Buddha bowls are great lunch options that are sure to make your co-workers jealous. You can prepare everything ahead of time and then add the dressing right before eating. (via The Flexitarian)


16. Superfood Buddha Bowl With Mint Pesto: You can’t get much healthier than this superfood-packed Buddha bowl. If you’re feeling a little under the weather or you just have a lack of energy, this meal is sure to get you feeling back to your old self ASAP. (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)


17. Tropical Buddha Bowls: Pineapple, cherries and coconut are just a few of the tropical flavors that grace this bowl. Quick-cooking seafood (like shrimp) works really well with the fruits, but you could also substitute chicken or tofu if that better fits your diet. (via Montmorency Tart Cherries)


18. Tuna and Bacon Quinoa Bowl With Lemony Vinaigrette: Buddha bowls definitely don’t have to be full of trendy health food items to be delicious. This basic bowl has tuna, cherry tomatoes and cucumber with a simple lemon vinaigrette to finish. (via Allergy Free Alaska)


19. Veggie Rice Buddha Bowl With Lemon Herb Sauce: Since there are usually so many flavors and ingredients in a Buddha bowl, they’re great for using up leftover bits of veggies in your fridge. The tangy lemon-herb sauce brings everything back to life and can help use up any herbs that may be on their last legs. (via Veggies Don’t Bite)


20. The Vegan Buddha Bowl: Mouth-watering may be the only way to accurately describe this vegan Buddha bowl. Crispy spiced chickpeas and creamy avocado add varying texture, while the flavorful roasted red pepper sauce ties the whole thing together. (via Well and Full)

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