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Chili Lime Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

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A healthy simple Chili Lime Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl made within 30 minutes. This recipe is vegetarian but can be easily made vegan.

I love creating this recipe after a week of meal prep. All the ingredients can be used inside of different dishes and keep well in the refrigerator.

Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl in blue bowl with ingredients sectioned in circle

Why Do They Call it a Buddha Bowl?

You’ve heard the term Buddha Bowl plenty of times, but you’re probably wondering where it got its name from.

Well, the ideology comes from Buddha himself. The authors of Buddha’s Diet explained to Epicurious that Buddha used to walk around with a bowl and ask local people to donate food into it.

At the end of the day, he would eat whatever food was placed in the bowl. Although there were no rules of what was to be placed in the bowl, this was an age before processed foods existed.

Title and Shown: Vegetarian Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl (in a blue bowl)

How to Make a Sweet Potato Grain Bowl

Preheat your oven to 425. Prepare your sweet potatoes by removing the skin and cutting them into 1-inch chunks.

Place them in a bowl and combine them with oil, chili powder, cumin, and lime juice. Put the sweet potato chunks on a baking sheet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd them to allow for even cooking.

Roast the sweet potatoes for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through until they are easily pierced with a fork. Continue the directions below as your sweet potatoes cook.

You can also make these Mexican Sweet Potatoes in an air fryer following the directions in this post.

Looking for other ways to use these delicious sweet potatoes? Try these Mexican Sweet Potato Tacos!


Next, prepare your quinoa per the directions on the packaging. It typically takes 10-15 minutes to cook, so you can prep your other food as it cooks.

Buddha Bowl in a blue bowl with a lime wedge on the side

Preparing Your Chili Lime Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

I never know I could get so much thrill out of assembling food. One of the best things about power bowls, other than how incredibly healthy they are for you, is how pretty they look at the end.

Place ½ cup of quinoa in each bowl. Place the chili lime sweet potatoes, sautéed kale, edamame beans, black beans, and sliced avocados.

Top the dish with some avocado crema and sea salt if desired.

Enjoy immediately.

Grain Bowl with Avocado Sauce on top in a blue bowl

Are Buddha Bowls Healthy for Weight Loss?

Since Buddha Bowls contain fresh ingredients and nothing processed, they are perfect for weight loss. The mix of whole grains and healthy vegetables will keep you full for hours.

As with other foods, it’s important to keep an eye on how much you are consuming in one sitting. Eating one small Buddha Bowl is perfect for weight loss but eating 3 times the amount specified can result in gaining weight.

Sweet Potato Grain Bowl with a small bowl of Mexican sweet potatoes next to it with a lime

Can You Eat a Buddha Bowl Cold?

This Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl can be eaten warm or cold. It contains completely cooked food and can be enjoyed both ways.

If your Buddha Bowl has rice, it must be thoroughly heated before eating and should be eaten within 1 day of being originally cooked. Cold rice contains bad bacteria that can cause food poisoning.


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Yield: 4

Chili Lime Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl in blue bowl with ingredients sectioned in circle

A delicious quinoa grain Buddha Bowl that's full of healthy vegetables, beans, and grains.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 chili lime sweet potato recipe
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 bunch kale, about 1 cup (sauteed with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup edamame beans (available in frozen at most grocery stores)
  • 1 avocado crema recipe
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the above ingredients.
  2. Assemble Buddha bowls by placing 1/4 of the quinoa into each bowl. Add the chili lime sweet potatoes, cooked edamame beans, black beans, and kale.
  3. Top with avocado-lime dressing.
  4. Add sea salt to taste.
  5. Enjoy immediately.*

Notes

*Ingredients can be prepared by meal prep ahead of time, refrigerated, and either heated up or enjoyed cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 19gSugar: 6gProtein: 17g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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