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This easy Buddha bowl recipe with creamy peanut sauce is, whoa, SO good! Plus it’s one of those fabulous recipes that is super customizable to your taste buds and/or what you have on hand!
Have you gotten on the Buddha bowl train yet? They are certainly nothing new (began trending years ago), and the name origin is a little muddy with lots of strong opinions about what a Buddha bowl is and isn’t.
But to me, it’s simple: fill up a bowl with flavorful, good-for-you ingredients, smother with a tasty sauce (or two), and dig in. We have variations of Buddha bowls quite frequently for dinner because it’s a fantastic way for my kids to customize their own dinner adventure.
Spoiler alert: to avoid the anti-vegetablers in my crowd just spooning peanut sauce over chicken and calling it good, our rule is you have to choose at least four of the available options and that seems to make everyone *mostly* happy. With enough of that delectable creamy peanut sauce poured on, they’ve learned even spinach is palatable.
Because there are endless variations of these types of Buddha bowl recipes out there, it’s taken me a while to get a real, live recipe written up. I would say this Buddha bowl recipe with peanut sauce is always our go-to starting place.
But there are so, so many ways you could change this up:
Crunch factor. It’s super important to me to have some crunch action in a good Buddha bowl. Why? Because a little crunch makes the world go round. Fresh cucumbers are my choice, but you could sub in any other fresh veggie you love.
Let’s talk sauce. It is peanut sauce all the way for me and my Buddha bowl. The peanut sauce version in this recipe is creamy with a pop of sesame flavor and a fresh zing from the lime juice. In other words, it’s drinkably good.
However, because I make this easy 5-minute Thai peanut sauce recipe all the time and usually have it in the fridge, we often sub it for our Buddha bowl drizzle. And sometimes we go crazy and add two different sauces. I know. Livin’ life on the edge over here.
This yum sauce and/or this cilantro lime dressing are worthy companions to the creamy peanut sauce (and both of these are usually on hand in the refrigerator, too). Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about the yumminess all those sauces add to the heaping goodness of a Buddha bowl.
Don’t let the prep of this recipe scare you off. Almost everything can be made ahead of time (especially the roasted vegetables, quinoa and sauces), which actually makes this a super yummy and quick lunch option to throw together.
We headed out on a little road trip this last weekend, and I had a little dish (ok, big dish) of this Buddha bowl goodness to ride along with me (full disclosure: totally packed PB&J for everyone else).
I can’t wait to see how you change up this recipe to make it your own! You guys always amaze me with your creativity (even when it doesn’t quite work out, haha!).
Sidenote: the shallow bowl-plate dishes in the pictures are these Sweese bowls aff. link I bought last year. We use them constantly for salad and stand alone pasta meals…and also for ice cream and brownies.
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Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This recipe works really well to use already cooked, leftover quinoa and same with leftover chicken (grilled, rotisserie, etc). If using already cooked chicken, you can add the ginger/garlic to the sweet potato/onion mixture or even to the sauce to get that gingery kick.
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Posted on April 29, 2019 by Mel