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Introducing the Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl—a quick, hearty, and healthy bowl of pure goodness, blending sweet and spicy flavors in every bite. Ideal for meal prepping, it's a seamless way to savor deliciousness throughout the week.
Dive into the irresistible goodness of our Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl. Nestled on a bed of fluffy brown rice, this bowl features maple-roasted sweet potatoes, roasted walnuts, a hit of spice from fresh chili flakes, and a burst of sweetness from cranberries. This buddha bowl/grain bowl is a harmonious blend of flavors that's both comforting + delicious. Completely Vegan, Gluten-free + Make Ahead Option!
I'm so excited to share another bowl creation with you all! After the massive hit of my recent Vegan Fall Harvest Farro Bowl I wanted to create another tasty nourishing bowl for y'all---Just keeping it real – this bowl was totally born out of another 'clean out the fridge' moment. But you know what? My family absolutely loved this Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl I concocted, and I can't wait for you all to dig in!! It's one of those unexpectedly delicious creations that just works.
This Buddah bowl is healthy + flavor-packed-- It's the kind of dish that brings warmth and satisfaction to the table thanks to the sweet potato---But the real magic? That maple chili glaze. It adds this fancy touch that takes the whole experience up a notch. Trust me, it's a dish that never disappoints! And if you're a big sweet potato lover definitely try this Apple Cheddar Sweet Potato Soup and Crispy Cajun Sweet Potato Fries next.
What is a Buddha Bowl/Grain Bowl + Its Components?
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.
How To Make A Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl
Essentially, there is some prep work involved, but once that's done, it becomes super easy to assemble and enjoy this fall harvest recipe. You'll need to roast the maple chili sweet potato and walnuts, as well as cook the brown rice before assembling it all together.
What You'll Love About This Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl
It’s super easy to make.
Simple set + forget it for the most part—-let the oven do all of the magic!
Makes for a great weeknight meal or a laidback weekend dinner.
So well seasoned and full of texture---with hints of spicy + sweet flavors!
Great for meal prepping + make aheads for the week!
Did I mention, it’s just delicious? Both kids + adults approved!
How To Toast Walnuts?
To toast walnuts is super easy and it works for any type of nuts!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the chopped walnuts onto the baking sheet, ensuring that they are evenly spread out and toast them for 10 minutes, tossing them halfway to prevent browning on just one side. This gives them a deeper nutty flavor that goes beautifully with this grain bowl, and let's be honest.. they make a delicious snack too.
The Best DressingsFor Grain Bowls
Although this vegan bowl is perfect as is-- Who doesn't love some extra saucy goodness? I have plenty of dressing options that would pair beautifully with this Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl recipe. Here are some options:
Improved digestion. They actually contain more fiber than regular potatoes! Sweet potatoes are also a great source of magnesium, which helps aid digestion.
Boost your immune system. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene (a major antioxidant). This fuels your immune system to help protect your body against illness and foreign invaders. You'll also find plenty of vitamin C and B-complex, iron, and phosphorus in these tubers.
Treat stomach ulcers. Sweet Potatoes can help soothe and repair the stomach and intestines. The immune-boosting vitamins also help cure stomach ulcers. In addition, the dietary fiber helps prevent constipation and acid formation. This can reduce the risk of ulcers.
Other benefits: Sweet potatoes are also naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce arthritis pain.
Can I Use Another Grain Besides Brown Rice?
Absolutely! If you don't have any brown rice on hand or you just don't love brown rice no worries---you can easily substitute it with basmati rice, quinoa, farro or even cauliflower rice. Any of these options would pair beautifully with this bowl, so feel free to choose the one that suits your dietary preferences or what you have available!
Can I Use Butternut Squash Instead Of Sweet Potato?
Yes, of course! These flavors in those grain bowl would go beautifully with squash too. You can follow the recipe the same way; just keep an eye on the roasting time since butternut squash may cook a bit faster. For more details on roasting butternut squash, feel free to check out my post on how to roast butternut squash.
Can I Add More Ingredients to this Grain Bowl?
Definitely! While the fall harvest ingredients in this Maple Chili Sweet Potato Grain Bowl are perfect as is, I wanted to share a few more ideas of ingredients that you can add in case you make this bowl more than once and want to switch things up!
This is a great recipe to mix and match the ingredients/toppings. For added nutrients, fiber, and color, add your favorite veggies + protein.
Here are some additions that would go well in this grain bowl:
What Drinks Go Well With This Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl?
I really enjoy pairing this vegan buddha bowl/grain bowl with a tasty drink, especially if I've been a bit generous with the chili flakes—oops Haha! Here are some of my favorite beverages to sip alongside this dish-
Place any leftovers separately in tightly sealed containers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can I make this buddha bowl ahead of time?
Yes! All ingredients can be made ahead of time (about 2 days) and individually stored as meal prep and assembled when ready to serve.
Can I use a different oil besides olive oil?
Sure! If you'd like to use an alternative to olive oil, you can also use melted vegan butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil.
What can I do to make this buddha bowl spicier?
If you like a bit of heat, you can increase the amount of red pepper flakes in the maple-roasted sweet potato, or you can add a drizzle of hot sauce or sprinkle some cayenne pepper when serving to give the bowl a spicy kick.
How can I adjust the sweetness in the vegan Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl?
If you prefer a milder sweetness, you can reduce the amount of pure maple syrup in both the roasted sweet potatoes and the maple chili glaze.
More Healthy Fall Recipes You Will Love
Love this Maple Chili Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl recipe? Try these fall-inspired recipes next!
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Dive into the irresistible goodness of our Maple Chili Sweet Potato Bowl. Nestled on a bed of fluffy brown rice, this bowl features maple-roasted sweet potatoes, roasted walnuts, a hit of spice from fresh chili flakes, and a burst of sweetness from cranberries. It's a harmonious blend of flavors that's both comforting and delicious.
1-1 ½lbs.sweet potatoes, peeled + cubed into 1-inch thick
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
3TbspsExtra virgin olive oil
¼cuppure maple syrup
1teaspoonchili flakes or red pepper flakes(Reduce or increase amount based on level of spiciness desired)
2cupscooked brown rice(You can also sub with basmati rice, farro, quinoa, noodles, etc.)
Chopped walnuts, toasted
Grated or shaved dairy-free parmesan
Dried cranberries, optional
MAPLE CHILI GLAZE:
¼cuppure maple syrup
½teaspoonchili flakes or red pepper flakes
Pinch ofgarlic powder
TO ROAST THE SWEET POTATOES:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Add the peeled + cubed sweet potatoes in a bowl along with the minced garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, and chili flakes or red pepper flakes, stirring until combined and sweet potatoes are coated.
Add the coated sweet potatoes unto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and become golden brown/charred. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes.
TO MAKE MAPLE CHILI GLAZE:
In a bowl, stir together the maple syrup and pepper flakes, stirring until combined.
TO ASSEMBLE THE BOWL:
To serve, add a spoonful of cooked brown rice to a low bowl(s), then top with roasted sweet potatoes, walnuts, cranberries, and grated/shaved dairy-free parmesan. Drizzle with a bit of maple chili glaze and wallah!
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
OIL: If you'd like to use an alternative to olive oil, you can also use melted vegan butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil.
MAKE AHEAD: All ingredients can be made and individually stored as meal prep and assembled when ready to serve.