30 of the best nourishing Buddha bowls around. These colorful vegetarian and vegan bowls are bursting with macronutrients to fuel your body and mind.

buddha nourish bowls

Buddha bowls, nourish bowls, rainbow bowls, hippie bows, macro bowls, yoga bowls… these beauties have many names and have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier about it! I would be happy to eat these colorful bowls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are simple to make, beautiful, nourishing, and (maybe surprisingly) kid friendly.

My favorite way to serve savory dinner Buddha bowls is to set out bowls of various nutrient dense ingredients/toppings and let everyone make their own bowl. There are no rules – just be sure to include veggies and protein, and several colors and textures. If you take an hour over the weekend to prep some foods that take longer, your Buddha bowls will be quick and easy. I like to cook quinoa, lentils and some veggies like beets and sweet potatoes over the weekend. You can dress your bowls with your favorite dressing or add a dollop of hummus, tahini, salsa, or guacamole. Or leave them undressed!

These Korean BBQ Chickpea bowls are so colorful and delicious. They are one of my favorite Buddha bowls.

These Korean BBQ Chickpea Bowls are one of my very favorite healthy Buddha bowl recipes. The chickpea marinade is mouthwatering and addictive. My whole family loves this one.

A similar Buddha Bowl made with Easy Baked Tofu with Ginger Soy Sauce Glaze

Any way you season it, tofu is a great high protein addition to plant-based bowls. I LOVE this salad with colorful veggies, crispy tofu, and lemon tahini dressing or Green Goddess Dressing

A vegetarian Chipotle inspired burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, salsa, corn salsa, romaine, and guacamole.

If you have an Instant Pot, this Chipotle Burrito Bowl with Beans & Rice is so easy to make from scratch. Add some Chipotle Sofritas for even more protein. 

Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls with Creamy Lemon Dressing are so tasty and nourishing. I could eat this for lunch every single day. 

quinoa, kale, egg, avocado nourish bowl

A bowl of quinoa with roasted kale, avocado, and a poached egg is one of my go-to lunch or dinner recipes for nights when  there’s “nothing” in the house to eat. It’s so much healthier, cheaper, and quicker than that pizza delivery that will leave you with a bellyache.

Colorful sheet pan roasted vegetables top a bed of quinoa with falafel, avocado, and tahini sauce for a beautiful Buddha bowl.

Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls with Tahini Sauce are a great way to clean out the fridge and load your plate with veggies, quinoa, and falafel.

A simple Thai peanut sauce is perfect on Buddha bowls.

Let’s talk about sauces for a minute. I have a few favorite Buddha bowl sauces that add a ton of flavor to any Buddha bowl. For Mexican style bowls, guacamole or salsa work just fine. For Indian use a chutney like this Cranberry Chutney or a yogurt sauce. For Thai Buddha bowls use my favorite Thai Peanut Sauce (pictured above) and for Mediterranean use this simple Tahini Sauce.

Chana Masala Bowls with Indian Spiced Rice, Watermelon Radish, and Cabbage.

Chana Masala is the star of this Indian inspired bowl with golden turmeric rice.

Red Lentil Dal is another Indian inspired dish that makes a delicious bowl.

vegan nourish bowl with chickpeas

My winter Buddha bowl of the week: Curried chickpeas with roasted Brussels sprouts, purple carrots, purple sweet potatoes, golden beets, and radishes, avocado, and tahini over a bed of quinoa. Recipe at the end ๐Ÿ™‚

My 30 favorite Buddha Bowl Recipes
  1. Mexican Rice & Beans Rainbow Bowl 
  2. Quinoa, Kale, and Egg Bowl (pictured above)
  3. Curried Chickpea Buddha Bowl (pictured above and recipe below)
  4. Easy Vegan Chia Pudding Parfaits
  5. Acai Bowls 
  6. Pitaya Bowls
  7. Rainbow Bowls 
  8. Veggie Sushi Bowls
  9. BBQ Baked Tofu Buddha Bowls 
  10. Quinoa Taco Bowls
  11. Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
  12. Butternut Squash Curry with Pumpkin, Cauliflower, and Chickpeas 
  13. Spicy Mango Avocado Rice Bowl from Love and Lemons
  14. Chili Orange Veggie Bowl
  15. Greek Goddess Grain Bowl from Half Baked Harvest 
  16. Roasted Nourish Bowls with Lemon Tahini Dressing from A Couple Cooks 
  17. The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls with Falafel from Pinch of Yum
  18. Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Stir Fry from Pinch of Yum
  19. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  20. Vegan Quinoa Power Bowls with Roasted Veggies and Avocado Sauce from Avocado Pesto
  21. Thai Style Buddha Bowl from Leelalicious
  22. Chimichurri Nourish Bowl from The Simple Veganista 
  23. Winter Cobb Salad from Begin With Nutrition 
  24. Farmers Market Sesame Miso Noodle Bowls from Half Baked Harvest
  25. Sunshine Bowl with Sunflower Seed Tahini from Feasting at Home 
  26. Summer Glow Bowl from Feasting at Home
  27. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl with Lemon Maple Tahini Sauce 
  28. Nourish + Glow Bowl with Sun Dried Tomato Hummus from Oh She Glows
  29. Fall Veg Lentil Bowl with Gogi Ginger Tahini Cream from The First Mess
  30. Polenta with French Lentils from In Pursuit of More
  31. Kale Salad Balance Bowl from Begin Within Nutrition
 I’f you’re more of a visual person, like I am, and want to see a my Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls in action, watch the short video!

Yield: Serves 4

Buddha Bowl with Curried Chickpeas

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Crunchy curried chickpeas perfect for snacking or adding to salads and Buddha Bowls!

A vegan Buddha bowl with curried chickpeas, and 30 best Buddha bowl recipes.


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa or other base
  • favorite veggies for making your Buddha bowl
  • hummus or tahini sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Gently dry chickpeas until they are no longer wet and shiny. On a baking sheet, toss chickpeas with olive oil and salt to coat. Roast for 25 minutes, or until crisp. Toss with curry powder and enjoy warm!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g