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January 17, 2016

by Alyssa Rimmer

Cozy Quinoa Buddha Bowl

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A simple quinoa buddha bowl filled with cozy, nourishing ingredients. The base is greens, then topped with plant-based protein, roasted veggies and avocado.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoCozy Quinoa Buddha Bowls with kale, lentils, roasted veggies and avocado -- they make the simplest plant-based meal ever!

It's funny how food, just like fashion, has these trends. Things get super popular, you see them everywhere, and then they just become part of our everyday life. A few years ago it was quinoa. Now quinoa is pretty much everywhere and is super accessible (which is amazing).

Then of course there was kale. Then things like spiralizing, matcha, even avocado toast. They start popping up on blogs, on restaurant menus, and they fill your Pinterest feed. But once the novelty wears off, we just integrate them into our daily lives. It's not like we love them any less, they just become “normal”.

Right now? I personally feel like bowls are having their moment. Grain bowls, salad bowls, roasted veggie bowls, buddha bowls, breakfast bowls and even smoothie bowls. Showing off your food in bowls is where it's at.

And I'm totally okay with that because I LOVE eating food out of bowls. Maybe it's the shape, or maybe it's the fact that it's easier to get every last piece of food out of it since you can scoop instead of scrape. Either way, if something comes in a bowl, I'm all for it.

So today, I'm staying totally trendy and giving you a quinoa buddha bowl with… trendy foods inside 😉 Trendy on top of trendy. I don't even know myself right now.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoAMAZING and easy quinoa buddha bowls will make you feel all cozy with roasted veggies and creamy avocado -- topped with tahini and hemp seeds!

The base of a buddha bowl is actually quite simple – just 5 steps.

  1. greens
  2. grains
  3. protein (usually plant based)
  4. roasted veggies
  5. fat

What do we have? Kale, quinoa, lentils, roasted brussel sprouts + butternut squash and avocado. Drizzled with a simple lemon-tahini dressing and then sprinkled with hemp seeds. It's simple, quick, hearty, nourishing and super duper cozy.

Check out this little video I put together showing you how to make it!

The other thing I love about a quinoa buddha bowl is that you can customize it to your heart's content. I'm starting to get more into batch cooking, so these bowls are the perfect lunch or dinner. We usually make a big batch of quinoa, then roast an assortment of veggies, make a batch of beans and keep them all in glass containers in the fridge for the week ahead.

Buddha bowls pretty much become my every day lunch. Just grab a handful of greens, pile whatever is in my fridge on top, drizzle with tahini (always) and done.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHow to make the most EPIC quinoa buddha bowl ever -- just 5 simple steps with a 3-ingredient dressing on top. SO good!

Making a nourishing bowl of plant-based goodness like this is definitely a delicious way to cure those winter blues. Whether you serve your toppings warm and cold, this will fill you up with loads of vitamins and minerals. Definitely has become one of my favorite ways to eat quinoa!

Your turn…

Do you love eating food in bowls too? I'd love to hear your favorite bowl-based foods. And if you end up making this buddha bowl or give it your own spin, I always enjoy seeing your creations, so use #simplyquinoa on Instagram so I can check them out!

xx A


More Cozy Buddha Bowl Recipes to try:

Cozy Quinoa Buddha Bowl

What do we have? Kale, quinoa, lentils, roasted brussel sprouts + butternut squash and avocado. Drizzled with a simple lemon-tahini dressing and then sprinkled with hemp seeds. It's simple, quick, hearty, nourishing and super duper cozy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 691kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHow to make the most EPIC quinoa buddha bowl ever -- just 5 simple steps with a 3-ingredient dressing on top. SO good!
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  • 1 cup kale or greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils or beans of choice
  • 1/2 cup roasted brussels sprouts*
  • 1/2 cup roasted butternut squash*
  • Sliced avocado
  • Tahini-lemon dressing
  • Hemp seeds for garnish optional

for the dressing:


  • Assemble the bowl starting with your greens on the bottom. Then arrange the remaining ingredients on top, including the sliced avocado.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add water to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over bowl and sprinkle with hemps seeds before you dig in!


Roasting method: drizzle veggies in coconut oil (or olive oil), sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 425ºF for 20 - 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Allow to cool slightly before topping adding to the bowl OR cool completely if storing in the fridge.


Calories: 691kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 2314mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14760IU | Vitamin C: 156mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 8.5mg




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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  2. This recipe looks AMAZING! I plan to check it out next week. I have been working toward whole food plant based eating, and need some good go-to lunch recipes – I have breakfast down pretty good and some dinner ones – but lunch is tough for me – I’m always on the go. Since I love the idea of BOWL eating – this will be fun! Thank you!

  3. I love this bowl. I think I have made it 10 times since I discovered it. I love your blog! I am a pescatarian working towards vegetarianism. I have been using your blog to add more plant based meals to my diet. Your food is beautiful and delicious. I love your perspective, so keep up the good work.

    • I’m SO happy to hear this, Kelly! Thank you for sharing and for following along 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what else you cook up from the blog!! xx

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  11. This looks so delish, definitely going to try it for dinner! I love quinoa and also have a few recipes over on my blog 🙂 amberlil.blogspot.co.uk x


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