Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Two hands holding bowl of quinoa topped with peppers, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, avocado and drizzled with mojo sauce.

This Buddha Bowl is topped with roasted sweet potatoes, peppers and chickpeas and drizzled with a tangy green mojo sauce. It’s a healthy (vegetarian + vegan) dinner or lunch. 

First thing’s first:

What is a Buddha Bowl?

  • A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian, one dish meal served from a large bowl or plate that consists of small portions of several foods – usually a grain, vegetable, protein and dressing.

Here’s what I’ve got going on in these bowls:

  • Grain – Quinoa
  • Vegetable – Sweet Potatoes & Red Peppers
  • Protein – Chickpeas
  • Dressing – Mojo Sauce

Why is it Called Buddha Bowl?

  • There are a couple theories on why the name Buddha bowl is used. One is that it’s named after the bowl’s round, big shape – like a Buddha belly. The other, which I tend to lean towards as the true basis is that Buddha woke up every morning and carried his bowl through town, picking up little bits of donated food from locals. At the end of the day, he’d eat whatever was in his bowl.

You’ll also see Buddha bowls called grain bowls, hippie bowls, power bowls and macro bowls.

Regardless of what you call this roasted sweet potato & chickpea bowl, you are going to love it.

Two hands holding bowl of quinoa topped with peppers, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, avocado and drizzled with mojo sauce.

This Buddha Bowl is topped with roasted sweet potatoes, peppers and chickpeas and drizzled with a tangy green mojo sauce. It’s a healthy (vegetarian + vegan) dinner or lunch. 

First thing’s first:

What is a Buddha Bowl?

  • A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian, one dish meal served from a large bowl or plate that consists of small portions of several foods – usually a grain, vegetable, protein and dressing.

Here’s what I’ve got going on in these bowls:

  • Grain – Quinoa
  • Vegetable – Sweet Potatoes & Red Peppers
  • Protein – Chickpeas
  • Dressing – Mojo Sauce

Why is it Called Buddha Bowl?

  • There are a couple theories on why the name Buddha bowl is used. One is that it’s named after the bowl’s round, big shape – like a Buddha belly. The other, which I tend to lean towards as the true basis is that Buddha woke up every morning and carried his bowl through town, picking up little bits of donated food from locals. At the end of the day, he’d eat whatever was in his bowl.

You’ll also see Buddha bowls called grain bowls, hippie bowls, power bowls and macro bowls.

Regardless of what you call this roasted sweet potato & chickpea bowl, you are going to love it.

Rick said this was my favorite meal that I’ve made in a long time… That actually shocked me because he’s definitely a meat eater. I think that because the sweet potatoes, roasted peppers and chickpeas are so hearty, he didn’t miss the meat at all. Plus, can I just say that the seasoning on the roasted sweet potatoes is just amazing…

I tossed them with cumin, chipotle pepper powder and some Bob’s Red Mill nutritional yeast. The result was crispy, well seasoned sweet potatoes with a flavor almost reminiscent of a nacho cheese sauce. Yum! The definitely set the scene for a Buddha bowl that had a bit of spicy, tangy flair. Which is when I decided that my favorite Mojo sauce also needed to make an appearance.

Given the choice, I would have some of this Mojo sauce on hand at all times. It’s a bright green, tangy, spicy sauce that’s flecked with cilantro, garlic and parsley. I love it as a topping for salmon, crispy smashed potatoes, grilled pork, even scrambled eggs.

Bowl topped with sweet potatoes and chickpeas with mojo sauce and avocado.
Two hands holding assembled buddha bowl.

How To Build A Buddha Bowl

Start with a Grain Base

  • Start with a base of quinoa, brown rice, white rice or barley. I love making my grains in the Instant Pot. Here’s my recipe for Instant Pot Quinoa and Instant Pot Rice. In this Buddha bowl recipe I’m using Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quinoa. It cooks up perfectly fluffy and delicious.

Pile on the Veggies 

  • I added some roasted sweet potatoes and red peppers to my vegan Buddha bowl. Really, you can pile on whatever you love best. This is also a great opportunity to use up any veggies that have been lingering in your veggie drawer.

Add Some Protein

  • To boost the protein, I added in some garbanzo beans. You could also add in some black beans, tofu, or grilled chicken.

Dress it Up

  • I drizzled my bowl with a zesty, tangy green mojo sauce. You could also top your bowl with this yumm sauce, tahini sauce, or any creamy dressing that you love.

Pile on the Toppings

  • Avocado
  • Seeds – Sesame seeds, pepitas, chia seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos or Serrano Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Lime Wedges
  • Sour Cream

Do You Eat Buddha Bowls Hot or Cold?

  • I prefer to eat my Buddha bowls at room temperature, after the quinoa and roasted veggies have cooled just a bit. However, these bowls are also amazing served cold or warm, making them super versatile and perfect for a grab and go lunch.

Wine Pairings for Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls:

  • Look for lighter-bodied, fruit-focused reds like Beaujolais or Grenache.
  • Alternatively, a Malbec or Tempranillo will be a bit heavier, but compliment the smoky-spicy flavors in this dish.