This Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl is the epitome of delicious flavors in one dish. Packed with a ton of umami and boasting of perfectly roasted veggies, this bowl highlights potatoes, broccoli, baby Brussels sprouts, carrots, chickpeas, and is moderately dressed with a creamy pesto dressing that truly ties everything together. The perfect healthy meal for dinner or lunch that adults and kids-alike will enjoy. Made on just one sheet pan! All dairy-free ingredients + entirely meatless.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links via Amazon for products that I wholeheartedly love and receive commission from.
One of my favorite things to eat is a good food bowl. I just enjoy the easy assembly for a filling dish that allows you to mix and match based on your tastebuds. This Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl is a recipe that the entire family will enjoy and it offers so many bold flavors. The star of it all----the creamy pesto sauce can be easily whipped together with homemade pesto or a high-quality store-bought one. Either way, just a little whisk together and wallah. The perfect drizzle is created.
This buddha bowl is a healthy, tasty, and complex in flavor recipe that adds the right amount of comfort to your meal experience without compromising nutrition. If you're looking for more delicious bowls like this one, then this Vegan Jamaican Power Bowl comes highly recommended, especially my readers and it was on Good Morning America last year! Of course, this Savory Chickpea Quinoa Buddha Bowl or Easy Green Goddess Buffalo Chicken Bowl is another easy option if you'd like to switch things up.
Whelp, basically a Buddha Bowl is a nourishing one-dish meal that has a little bit of everything. Generally, it consists of rice or grains, roasted veggies, a dressing, and a protein (usually beans, tofu, lentils, + sometimes meats + fish). In short, Buddha Bowls are made with the main focus on clean eating and was created based on Chinese + Japanese medicine principles.
I don't always cover everything with foil when making my sheet pan meals, however, you can do this to help entrap the heat when everything is baking to allow the food to cook more quickly, evenly, and with better results. But it's not at all required, depending on the ingredients.
OK, so the next step is understanding which sheet pan works best for these types of meals. In general, it is said that a commercial, high-quality half-sheet pan is the best to making sheet pan dinners with great results. Why? Mostly because it's sturdy enough to withstand high oven heat.
To make this Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl, you'll start by roasting your veggies after seasoning each separately until they are crisp and charred. Then you'll cook your grains of choice. Lastly, you'll whip together the pesto sauce in a food processor, then add it together with other ingredients for your creamy pesto dressing, stirring until creamy, and wallah! Assemble your bowl, Serve and enjoy!
Here's what you'll need when making this delicious Pesto Buddha Bowl:
Traditionally, pesto contains nuts. However, you can substitute the walnuts or pine nuts in this recipe with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version.
In this buddha bowl, I chose to roast the veggies first instead of boiling or steaming for more additional flavor! Knowing how to roast all vegetables (in general) perfectly is definitely a learned skill. All veggies are different and they all have vast cooking times.
The most common rule of thumb is to roast thicker vegetables at a higher temperature because they can handle the heat. For example, potatoes or sweet potatoes can roast at a higher temp because of their thickness. Broccoli, on the other hand, lends well to a lower heat when cut into florets.
If you choose to roast your broccoli florets, you simply prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, adding them to it and drizzling them with 2 Tbsps of olive oil and a few pinches of seasonings. Let them bake for 15-20 minutes or until tender, caramelized, and golden at the edges.
Definitely! This is a great recipe to mix and match the ingredients/toppings. For added nutrients, fiber, and color, add your favorite veggies.
You can add roasted cauliflower, bell peppers, asparagus, green peas, roasted herb tomatoes, mushrooms, or leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens). All will be delicious!
I like to add some extra texture to easy food bowls like this Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl. While the ingredients in this buddha bowl is perfect as is, I wanted to share a few more ideas of ingredients that you can add incase you make this bowl more than once and want to switch things up!
Other ingredient ideas include:
Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Leftover dressing can be kept in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Absolutely! All ingredients can be made and individually stored as meal prep and assembled when ready to serve.
A Buddha bowl is a great example of a healthy, balanced meal. Because a majority of the bowl is made of up veggies, and the rest is a healthy mix of carbohydrates and protein, it's a meal that you can feel great about eating!
According to research, It may originate from presenting a balanced meal, where balance is a key Buddhist concept, from the story of Buddha carrying his food bowl to fill it with whatever bits of food villagers would offer him, to the explanation of the overstuffed bowl resembling the belly of Budai.
The idea of the bowl is thought to be more nourishing and comforting than eating your meal out of a plate. In addition, people tend to love the idea of a more balanced meal with a variety of options when it comes to ingredients.
If you're loving this Pesto Buddha Bowl, then you'll enjoy these other meatless options which are perfect for the entire family:
If you tried this Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl recipe or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. I love hearing from you.