Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love a good Buddha bowl…especially in the winter. To be honest, what’s not to love? They’re loaded with health benefits, but packed with all the warm flavors you need to get through the endless winter days.
I don’t know about you, but my appetite in the middle of winter is usually opposed to a cold, crunchy, leafy salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some salads, but Buddha bowls definitely take the lead during the “Jack Frost” time of year.
Cozy buddha Bowls > Cold salads
This Winter Goodness Bowl features my baked sweet potato falafel, which (by the way) is out of this world delicious! Simple, easy, and loaded with health benefits, you can check out these balls of food heaven here!
That’s what I love the most about these types of Buddha bowls; You can literally put in all your leftover ingredients. I’m serious! Believe me, I didn’t have this recipe planned out. I simply rummaged through my fridge, and grabbed all the half opened produce/creations lying around. The only ingredient that I reccomend incorporating into your Buddha bowl every time is a type of lettuce and a grain.
For this recipe, I used red quinoa and kale as the base of my bowl. Although you can’t see it too well in the picture, it really does make a difference in the taste and texture of the dish. Without it, you’d just be eating the toppings! That’s like only eating the cheese off of a pizza, or only eating the sauce off of pasta! Or even worse… only eating the egg off of your avocado toast!😵 Okay, okay, I’ll stop before I give
myself you scaredy cats any nightmares!
I just had to share this new recipe for tofu with you guys that I’ve been making lately! It’s the one I used for the tofu in this bowl, and let me just say it tastes FABULOUS! All you have to do is turn your oven on to broil, then after pressing and cubing your tofu you just place it on parchment paper and put it in the oven for 14 minutes. Make sure to leave the oven door open just a crack. You don’t even have to oil the tofu or flip it halfway! Plus, this method takes half the time as any regular oven-baked tofu! After doing this, the tofu has a nice crispy shell, and it’s warm and spongy in the middle. Definitely my new favorite time saver!
These bowls taste great topped with tahini or avocado, and spices like nutritional yeast and turmeric. Goodness bowls give you all the warmth and comfort you’re looking for in a meal, without having to sacrifice any nutrients or veggies!
Winter Goodness Bowl
Yield 2 Bowls
These warm and nourishing goodness bowls are all you need to get through the dead of winter. Its delicious ingredients give you all the nutrients you're looking for, while still tasting delicious!
- 1 cup of kale
- 1/2 cup of cooked red quinoa
- 1/4 block of extra-firm tofu (I reccomend using the whole block and saving the rest for later)
- 1/2 can of black beans
- 3 cherry tomatoes (or any amount you prefer)
- 1/3 cup sliced red onion
- 1/2 head of broccoli
- 4 pieces of baked sweet potato falafel
- Make the sweet potato falafel (you can get the recipe here)
- As the falafel is baking, place a paper towel and a heavy object (like a textbook) over your tofu, and let it sit for 30 minutes
- In a pot on the stove, cook the red quinoa according to it's instructions (usually 2 cups of water combine with 1 cup of quinoa and cook for about 15 minutes)
- While the quinoa's cooking, boil about an inch of water in a saucepan. After chopping your broccoli florets add them to the sauce pan, cover, and let simmer for 5-6 minutes. When done, the broccoli should have a vibrant green color
- After your falafel is done, turn your oven on to broil. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, cube the tofu, and place it on the baking tray. Place it in the oven for 14 minutes,. Make sure not to close the oven door all the way when broiling 🙂
- Now it's time to assemble your bowl! Start by pressing a base of kale at the bottom of the bowl. Pour the quinoa over it, and then line up the other ingredients in whatever pattern you'd like! Top with avocado, a tahini and apple cider vinegar mixture, pumpkin seeds, roasted chickpeas, and more! Time to dig in!
- You can add in a variety of different veggies and proteins (beyond the ones I used in the picture - it really is an "everything and the kitchen sink" type of dish)!
- Don't feel limited by the amounts I used, if you prefer one ingredient over the other, feel free to add different amounts of them in according to your taste 🙂
- Nutrition Information does not include the falafel, you can view their nutritional information in this post.
- Don't be scared by the calories, those are just energy - they fuel your body! This bowl packs an incredible amount of fiber, protein, and vitamins! It's all good for you ingredients. Side note: Yes, the serving size says "2" but I ate the whole bowl 🙂
Serving Size 1/2 bowl
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Sodium 46.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 91 g
Dietary Fiber 19.15 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 28 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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