January 10, 2022

by Alyssa

Winter Quinoa Buddha Bowls

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These nourishing Quinoa Buddha Bowls are served with paprika roasted butternut squash, garlic roasted beets, lemony kale and broccoli, paprika-spiced chickpeas and served with a creamy tahini-miso dressing!

winter quinoa bowl with broccoli, squash and beet

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The key to glowing from the inside out is to eat a diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies. The antioxidants and nutrients inside those amazing plant-based foods do wonders for your skin (and hair and nails!). So these buddha bowls pack in a range of colors and nutrients.

ingredients for bowls with broccoli, kale, squash, beets, lemon and chickpeas

Ingredients for Winter Buddha Bowls

The ingredients for these bowls are super clean, vegan, gluten-free and full of vitamins and minerals. Here's what you need to make these quinoa bowls:

  • Butternut squash. High in vitamin B6 and beta-carotine, which are great for eyesight.
  • Beets. These are full of vitamin C fiber and add a bit of sweetness for the bowls. They also contain folate, manganese, as well as potassium and fiber.
  • Chickpeas. For plant-based protein and (surprise!) more fiber.
  • Kale. A hearty green that holds up well to the creamy tahini dressing.
  • Broccoli. Steamed broccoli florets abrosb the flavorful miso sauce well.

bowl of quinoa and chickpeas with creamy dressing

Tahini-Miso Dressing

Of course, our quinoa buddha bowls would be complete without a dressing!

It's no secret that I'm a fan of tahini dressing on all kinds of salads. Well, we're at it again with a tahini-apple-miso dressing that is delish!

Here are the ingredients for this creamy umami-packed dressing:

  • Tahini. Use a smooth tahini paste for the dressing and stir it well.
  • Lemon juice. Fresh squeezed is best.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Thoguh you could also use balsamic or red wine vinegar.
  • Miso paste, which adds flavor and gut-healthy probiotics to the bowl.
  • Garlic powder. You could also use a fresh garlic clove if you prefer.

I definetley recommend making a big batch because this dressing goes well with pretty much everything!

roasted beets and squash on a baking sheet

Ingredient Swaps and Substitutions

Before I leave you to dig in, I just want to give a few substitution ideas:

  • Butternut squash can be swapped for sweet potato or any other winter squash variety
  • Swap beets with golden beets or another root veg like carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, etc.
  • Instead of kale, use any other dark leafy green
  • Broccoli can be swapped for cauliflower or brussels sprouts
  • Chickpeas can be swapped for your protein of choice (whether another bean or animal protein!) IF you're not vegetarian or vegan, try adding  Firecracker Salmon or Crispy Quinoa Chicken on top.

quinoa bowl with roasted vegetables and chickpeas

Buddha Bowl Recipes To Try!

Glowing Winter Quinoa Buddha Bowls

If you make these glowing quinoa buddha bowls, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Glowing Winter Quinoa Bowls

These nourishing Quinoa Buddha Bowls are packed with roasted veggies, chickpeas and fluffy white quinoa, all tossed in a creamy tahini sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 784kcal
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quinoa bowl with roasted vegetables and chickpeas
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for the roasted veg

for the steamed veg

  • 1 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

for the chickpeas

for the dressing

for the bowls


  • Roast the veg. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Add the squash and beets onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the beets and the paprika over the squash, and toss to combine. Roast for 35 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the vegetables are tender.
    baking sheet with roasted squash and beets
  • Steam the veg. Add the broccoli and kale to a steamer basket. Place the basket in a pot with 1/2" of water in the bottom. Cover and steam for 5 - 6 minutes until broccoli is tender. Remove from heat and drizzle with lemon juice.
    pot of broccoli and kale
  • Make the chickpeas. Toss the chickpeas in salt and paprika!
    bowl of chickpeas and seasoning
  • Make the dressing. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, starting with 1 tablespoon of water. Continue to mix, adding water slowly until you reach your desired consistency.
    measuring cup with dressing
  • Assemble the bowls. Divide the kale evenly between two bowls. Top each with equal portions of the quinoa, roasted veg, broccoli and chickpeas. Drizzle with tahini dressing and serve!
    dressed quinoa vegetable bowl



Calories: 784kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1470mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 23g



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  1. This recipe looks yummy! There’s just one thing I’m not quite clear on. What do you mean by “make the chickpeas”? Are these canned and they just need to be drained, rinsed, and spiced or are these raw and they need to be spiced and then cooked, or cooked and then spiced?

    • for this recipe, we drained, rinsed, and coated the chickpeas in smoked paprika and salt but you could also roast them!

  2. We really enjoyed all of the lovely flavors and the nutrional value of this meal. I forgot to add miso paste, but the sauce was still delicious. I used roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash and broccoli. I also sauteed garlic and red onion, and topped the whole bowl off with a generous helping of cilantro. This recipe will definitely be added to our regular lineup 🙂

  3. […] Glowing Winter Quinoa Buddha Bowls […]

    • You could use tamari or just season with salt and pepper 🙂 BUT I *highly* recommend picking up miso – it’s high in good probiotics, lasts forever in the fridge and adds such great flavor to dishes!

  4. […] Glowing Winter Quinoa Buddha Bowls […]

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