Simply the most delicious vegan Mediterranean Buddha bowl! This easy, healthy vegetarian Buddha bowl recipe will become your new favorite meal for lunch. It's so light and fresh, especially in the warmer months.
Quinoa is a favorite gluten-free grain that is wonderful to use in so many recipes. Although quinoa is actually a seed, a pseudo-grain. Quinoa is similar in texture to rice, but packed with protein. One cup of cooked quinoa provides you with 8 grams of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants.
Feel free to mix up the ingredients and get creative. You can change the quinoa for black or brown rice. If your jam is to have black beans, replace the chickpeas for black beans. You will still provide your body with considerable soluble fiber and protein.
Buddha Bowls are Wonderful Vegetarian Meals For Lunch
Healthy meals can be as simple as throwing together leftover ingredients to create a quick nutritious bowl, just like this easy, vegan Mediterranean Buddha bowl recipe. You can also make this bowl in advance to take on the go for an easy work lunch. Take whatever healthy grain you had for dinner the previous night, and use it to make different variations of this easy Buddha bowl recipe.
KEY NUTRIENTS OF CHICKPEAS
Protein | Soluble Fiber | Complex Carbohydrates | Phytochemicals | Quercetin | Vitamin B6 | Folate | Vitamin C | Zinc | Manganese | Phosphorus | Copper | Iron
Chickpea Health & Beauty Benefits
Chickpeas are a delicious source of plant-based protein. They are a type of legume, also known as garbanzo beans. They are packed with protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and phytochemicals.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of soluble fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. Healthy minerals including zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium are all contained inside these tiny powerhouse plant-based proteins. You can typically find them in many Mediterranean dishes, so this dish is called A La Mediterranean.
Chickpeas Help Clear Skin Issues
Zinc in chickpeas helps support clear skin. Zinc is a mineral known to help keep skin clear, maintain a healthy scalp, and even promote hair growth. Chickpeas are rich in zinc.
CHICKPEAS DEACTIVATE HERPES VIRUS
Did you know that studies have shown zinc can help deactivate the herpes virus that leads to cold sores? If you tend to suffer from cold sore outbreaks, you might want to consider including foods rich in zinc, like chickpeas.
Chickpeas also contain adequate vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is the vitamin that helps form oxygen-carrying red blood cells. When an individual is deficient in vitamin B6, hair cells might become compromised, resulting in slow hair growth, excessive shedding, or even hair breakage.
You can read more about the benefits of chickpeas here.
BUDDHA BOWL RECIPE KEY NUTRIENTS
Potassium | Iron | Calcium | Vitamin C | Vitamin B6 | Phosphorus | Magnesium | Manganese | Zinc | Protein | Fiber | Healthy fats
Delicious Vegetarian Mediterrean Buddha Bowl Recipe
EASY VEGETARIAN BUDDHA BOWL INGREDIENTS
- ¼ cup quinoa (dry, uncooked)
- 1 ⅓ tablespoon Kalamata olives (pitted)
- ¼ head romaine hearts (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup chickpeas (cooked, from the can, drained & rinsed)
- ⅛ avocado (sliced)
- ¼ cup cucumber (chopped)
- ¼ red bell pepper (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons hummus (check out my green goddess hummus recipe.
- 2 ¼ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- ⅛ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
To first start making this healthy vegan Buddha bowl recipe, cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
In the meantime, combine the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a jar. Seal and shake well to combine.
Divide the chopped romaine equally between bowls. Top with quinoa, hummus, red bell pepper, chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, and olives.
Drizzle the dressing on top and enjoy!
Leftover Tips for Your Vegetarian Buddha Bowl
Store this great vegetarian meal for lunch in an airtight container in the fridge until the next day.
Note: Please note ‘Tips’ above for suitable substitutions, storage advice, and more!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like my Thai crunch salad bowl recipe.
Enjoy This Delicious Easy, Mediterranean Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe!
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