Rainbow roast chickpea buddha bowl

This healthy sesame roast chickpea buddha bowl is the perfect vegan and vegetarian recipe. It's a great meal idea for lunch and dinner, and perfect for meatless Monday!

Another beautiful (and delicious) meal idea that’s taken social media by storm is the buddha bowl. If you’re wondering what a buddha bowl is, you’ve probably seen them on your Instagram feed. They’re also known as “macro” or “nourish” bowls. But basically, it’s a fun title for a nutritious and filling vegetarian salad. 

The best part about buddha bowls is that they’re completely customisable. Therefore they really are the definition of “using up whatever is leftover in the fridge.” Buddha bowls are vegetarian or vegan, featuring meatless forms of protein, beneficial fats and complex carbohydrates. But most importantly, they’re jam-packed with healthy veggies. These meals aren’t the type of salad that has you looking in the pantry by mid-afternoon. Instead, they’ll keep you full all the way til dinner. While you’re at it, make sure you get your free copy of the protein cheat sheet. This free download also includes a list of high protein vegan foods.

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Basic Buddha Bowl Template

The “rules” of buddha bowls are fairly relaxed. But to get you started, here’s a basic template for building one:

  • Layer one: start off by scattering a bed of green salad leave at the bottom of a large bowl
  • two: Now look for some complex carbs with lots of fibre. For example, roast sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice etc. 
  • three: Don’t forget to add a few healthy fats if they’re not already present. Try crushed nuts, avocado or even a splash of extra virgin olive oil. 
  • four: It’s time to add some protein. Think legumes, tofu, edamame etc. 
  • five: Then top with a healthy dressing such as hummus, or something with tahini. 
  • Bonus: add a spoonful of sauerkraut or kimchi for some extra probiotic action. 

Buddha bowls are perfect for Meatless Monday, a movement I’m pretty darn passionate about. Although I do eat meat, I acknowledge that meat should be respected. As a result, I believe the Western world eats far too much of the stuff. Whereas it should be limited and savoured, and not eaten as budget cuts three times a day. But unfortunately, cheap and easy access to meat as a food source has led many to forget that this product was once an animal. Also, producing meat products isn’t great for the health of the environment. Therefore not eating it one day a week is an easy way to help the planet. 

This buddha bowl makes use of this vegan sesame roasted chickpea recipe. It’s my one of my Sunday cooking favourites. That’s because it’s super cheap, easy to make and perfect for meal prep. As a result, most weeks I make a big batch on Sunday to eat in buddha bowls and for snacks. They’re pretty much a balanced meal just by themselves!

So if all the beautiful buddha bowls on your social media have inspired you to try out this fashionable meal, then look no further. That’s because this rainbow roast chickpea buddha bowl is easy to make, very affordable, super pretty and all kinds of good for you. Also, don’t forget to show it off on Instagram with the #sarahinshape or #shapeu. 

Rainbow Roast Chickpea Buddha Bowl
Serves 1
An easy vegan/vegetarian lunch or dinner idea. This rainbow roast chickpea buddha bowl is filled with nutrients, complex carbs, healthy fats and protein.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. Handful green salad leaves
  2. 1/2 cup torn kale leaves
  3. 1 serving sesame roasted chickpeas (recipe above)
  4. 1/3 cup corn kernels, steamed
  5. 1/2 green apple, sliced
  6. 1 carrot, grated or spiralized
  7. 1 Tbsp beetroot sauerkraut (or any sauerkraut)
  8. 2 Tbsp beetroot hummus (or any hummus)
  9. Optional: 2 Tbsp sprouted mung beans
  1. Cover the bottom of a large bowl with green salad leaves and torn kale.
  2. Next, layer roast chickpeas, corn, apple and carrot.
  3. Top with hummus and sauerkraut, and optionally mung beans.
  1. To meal prep, place chickpeas, corn kernels, apple slices and carrot in a jar with a squeeze of lemon juice. Just before eating, place on top of salad leaves and kale, and top with remaining ingredients.
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Let’s chat below! Have you seen buddha bowls on social media before? Better yet, have you tried one?

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