Plant Based Recipes

Create Your Own Buddha Bowl

Classic vegan buddha bowls include a whole grain, protein source, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and a dressing of your choice. Use grains as the base, or mixed greens (whole or chopped).


Whole grains

  • Quinoa 
  • Brown rice
  • Oat groats
  • Farro (contains gluten)  
  • Barley (contains gluten)  
  • Buckwheat   

Protein Sources                                                                            

  • Black beans, drained, canned or home cooked 
  • Garbanzo beans, drained, canned or home cooked 
  • Lentils, any type, cooked and drained   
  • Tofu, cubed, extra firm, roasted  
  • Tempeh, cooked and seasoned     
  • Shelled cooked edamame


Use what is in your refrigerator, like…                                  

  • Shredded carrots, red or green cabbage, beets
  • Roasted sweet and white potatoes                                           
  • Greens, either steamed or raw; include spinach,
  • Any roasted or steamed vegetables                                         
  • Kale, chard
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts                                                               
  • Caramelized onions  
  • Onion, sliced, green or red
  • Raw sugar snap peas and sliced fennel                                    
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes                                    
  • Raw chopped jicama
  • Black or Kalamata olives                                                             
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Salad greens like arugula, spring greens, romaine lettuce, baby kale

 Fruit (chopped or sliced)

  • apples
  • peaches 
  • figs
  • pears                                                                                          

Dressings   (try these simple toppings, or find another recipe on our website!)     

  • Hummus thinned with water and lemon juice
  • Tahini sauce: 1/4 cup tahini, 1 T maple syrup,  lemon juice to taste 
  • ½-1 lemon, 2-4 tbsp water
  • Flavored balsamic vinegars or citrus juice

Nuts and seeds                                                                             

Raw or toasted nuts: cashews, walnuts, almonds, etc.         

Raw or toasted seeds: sunflower, pepitas, sesame, etc.        


Assemble in a large rimmed bowl. You may want to begin your Buddha Bowl with 2-3 cups of chopped mixed greens on the bottom, or start with warm or room temperature whole grains as a base. On top of this, attractively arrange your protein source, then group cooked vegetables, fruit (if using), then raw whole, chopped, and/or shredded vegetables. Next scatter seeds or nuts for flavor and added protein. The dressing is served on the side to drizzle over the top as the bowl is eaten.

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