Chickpea and Sweet Potato Bowl — A big ole round bowl full of goodness just like Buddha!! The bowls are fast, EASY, naturally vegan and gluten-free! If you need a HEALTHY recipe that tastes like comfort food, this is it!!
What Is a Buddha Bowl?
Why is it called a Buddha bowl? Because it’s stuffed to the max and round in the middle just like Buddha.
This sweet potato buddha bowl is a cousin of my Chickpea and Kale Glow Bowls. I love the dressing so much that there’s also a very similar version of it in this Tahini Chicken Salad. It’s creamy without being heavy, complements the plant-based nature of the bowls, and lends major flavor oomph.
It really makes the veggies in the bowl pop. This recipe makes enough for 4 bowls and I included roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, broccoli, and red onions that have been tossed in cumin, coriander, and turmeric.
The flavor profile reminds me of these Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls which I totally adore and it’s some of the most flavorful chicken I’ve ever made. I placed the roasted veggies on a bed of kale and topped everything with a an easy, whisk-together lemon tahini dressing. So many diverse textures all in one bite.
Tip: If you want to experiment with another favorite Buddha bowl recipe, put this Mexican Sweet Potato and Black Bean variety on your list!
The sweet potato bowls are a perfect hearty yet healthy lunch or a great meatless dinner option that’ll keep you satisfied for hours from all the plant-based fiber and protein.
The recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free and even though it’s healthy, it tastes like comfort food.
What’s in This Sweet Potato Bowl?
To make this fast and easy sweet potato chickpea bowl, you’ll need:
- Sweet potato
- Broccoli florets
- Red onion
- Olive oil
- Spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric)
- Lemon juice
- Honey (or agave to keep vegan)
- Apple cider vinegar
How to Make Sweet Potato Bowls
Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, broccoli, and red onion to a baking sheet. Evenly drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, pepper, and optional garlic. Roast until tender.
Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon tahini dressing. When the veggies are finished roasting, assemble the sweet potato buddha bowls and dig in!
Can I Add Other Veggies?
You can definitely mix and match the veggies in this vegan buddha bowl based on what you have on hand and enjoy. If you have avocado, or other veggies that roast well — like zucchini, carrots, or cauliflower — throw them in too. The more the merrier. This is a big ole round Buddha bowl after all.
Can I Prep Buddha Bowls in Advance?
These sweet potato buddha bowls are best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge (undressed) for up to 4 days.
So feel free to assemble the bowls and drizzle with dressing when you’re ready to eat.
Tips for Making Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls
I prefer eating my sweet potatoes without the skin in this recipe, but you can roast it with the skin on if desired. Just be sure to give the potato a good scrub to remove any dirt.
If you like your broccoli more on the crisp-tender side, add it in the final 15 minutes of cooking rather than in the beginning with everything else.
After you whisk together the dressing, give it a taste to see if it needs additional salt, pepper, etc.
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- 1 large/extra-large sweet potato, peeled and diced small
- one 15-ounce can low-sodium chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
- about 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 small/medium red onion, peeled and sliced into small chunks
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- minced garlic, optional and to taste
- about 4 cups kale, divided (4 big handfuls, or more if desired)
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- heaping 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey (use agave or maple syrup to keep vegan)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- garlic, optional and to taste
- about 2 to 4 tablespoons water, or as needed to thin to desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 425F convection bake (if you don't have a convection oven, 425F regular is fine, noting your roasting time could be a bit longer) and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
- Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, broccoli, and red onion. Evenly drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, pepper, and optional garlic.
- Roast for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Toss once midway through roasted to ensure even cooking. While veggies roast, make the dressing.
Lemon Tahini Dressing:
- To a medium bowl, add all ingredients (add the water 1 tablespoon at a time), and whisk to combine. Taste dressing to check for seasoning balance; add more salt, pepper, lemon juice, honey, etc. if desired.
- Add about 1 cup of kale to each bowl, evenly divide the roasted veggies and chickpeas between the bowls, and drizzle with dressing, to taste.
Tip: If you like your broccoli more on the crisp-tender side, add it in the final 15 minutes of cooking rather than in the beginning with everything else.
Storage: Bowls are best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge (undressed) for up to 4 days. Extra dressing will keep airtight for up to 1 week in the fridge.
Dressing adapted from Dreamy Tahini Dressing.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1280mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 12gSugar: 18gProtein: 13g
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Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls – An easy version of chicken shawarma that’s fast, healthy, and delish! Fragrant spices, juicy lemony chicken, fresh veggies, and a tangy Greek-yogurt sauce that’s cooling and perfect!
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Originally posted April 18, 2018 and reposted January 6, 2023 with updated text.