This Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Buddha Bowl is a healthy option for a quick lunch, an easy weeknight meal, or even a Thanksgiving side dish. It comes packed with nutrients and works perfectly for meal prep. This bowl consists of a creamy garlicky mashed potatoes base, topped with well-seasoned roasted chickpeas and broccoli. This meal is a great Dairy-free + Vegan plant-based staple for the entire family.
Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Buddha Bowl-------So, of course I had to share one of my favorite vegan dishes with you! This mashed potato bowl is oh-so delicious, trust me.
Lately, I've been asked for advice on keeping things interesting, especially when eating a plant-based or vegan diet. While I'm not a total Herbivore, my family and I make a commitment to eating most things that are Vegan.
And one of my favorite ways to keep things interesting is BUDDHA BOWLS.
Secondly, my best advice to anyone is EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT! And yes, I had to type that in capital letters. Haha. Seriously, it's so important to try different ingredients and even different ways to make your favorite ones.
Granted, you won't always love everything that you try (I for one HATE dates and asparagus), however, you'll definitely stumble upon other great substitutes or you'll learn to mask the ones you hate with other favorites so that you don't even notice that you're eating it.
Overall, it's just about trials + errors. That simple.
Check out our article on How to Best Transition into a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet, which best explains how to keep your focus and continue on with eating healthy.
A “Buddha Bowl,” according to urban dictionary, is “a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded ‘belly’ appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha.” I’d say that’s pretty on point Haha!
It's essentially a one-bowl meal that often contains grains, fresh veggies, roasted vegetables, plant-based protein, and some form of dressing. There are MANY varieties but they are generally plant-based and vegetarian or vegan. These nourishing bowls are packed full of flavor! This kind of bowl also goes by the label power bowl. grain bowl, hippie bowl, or nourish bowl.
I’m a big fan of one-stop bowl meals and buddha bowls happen to be one of my all-time favorites. With whole grains, plant protein, and lots of veggies they’re the perfect vegan dish. This particular buddha bowl is packed with protein-filled chickpeas
When it comes to using chickpeas, I’m a super fan! Not only is a can of chickpeas extremely convenient and inexpensive, but chickpeas are such a universal ingredient. I couldn’t tell you the number of things that I’ve used chickpeas in.
Savory Chickpea Quinoa Buddha Bowl - This is a healthy option for a quick lunch or dinner and comes packed with nutrients and works perfectly for meal prep. This bowl consists of quinoa, mashed sweet potatoes, carrots, broccolini, roasted chickpea, and drizzled with a creamy cashew sauce. This Buddha-styled meal is a great vegan + gluten-free staple for the entire family.
Vegan Jamaican Power Bowl - This is the next best thing for the colder season! Absolutely comforting, easy to make, and the perfect dairy-free + meatless weeknight meal option that comes full of nutrients. Made with roasted Jerk butternut squash, brussels sprouts, baby potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, along with quinoa and a quick stew red peas.
Jerk Vegetable Farro Bowl with Maple Herb Apples - Absolutely comforting, easy to make, and the perfect dairy-free + meatless weeknight meal option. Topped with roasted Jerk sweet potatoes, broccoli, + chickpeas; and flavored with a homemade garlic dressing-----all that you can’t go wrong with for dinner.
Healthy Pesto Veggie Bowl - This is the epitome of eating clean. Packed with a ton of flavor and boasting with gently roasted veggies, this bowl highlights red potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dressed with our delicious Avocado Kale Spinach Pesto Sauce. The perfect healthy meal for dinner or lunch. Made in just one sheet pan! All Vegan.
Here's the simple list of what you'll need when making this delicious Buddha Bowl:
Chickpeas- One of my faves! Chickpeas are packed with a host of vitamins, minerals, + fiber and offers a variety of health benefits. These can be cooked in advance.
Broccoli - Nothing like deliciously roasted + seasoned broccoli. So easy to make and dice for a nice bite.
Mashed Potatoes - You can use any type of potatoes that your heart desires I love Yukon for its creaminess.
Either way works! There is really no right or wrong way to have a buddha bowl, that is the beauty of them they are so versatile and can be changed to suit your preferences. This particular one I would recommend enjoying warm with the creamy potatoes but it would be just as nice cold straight out of the fridge!
For those of you who aren’t aware, another name for Chickpeas are Garbanzo Beans. Despite the most recent craze, chickpeas have been around for thousand of years and originate from the Middle East.
Chickpeas have such a great texture and nutty flavor, which allows them to successfully pair well with a lot of other ingredients, especially in vegan and/or vegetarian recipes.
When it comes to the health benefits of Chickpea, here a few awesome reasons why you should probably add this simple ingredient to your diet more often:
Nutritional research studies have found potential associations between a diet high in plant protein and the following beneficial effects:
This year is all about learning the best ways that you can substitute meat on those days when you just feel like giving your usual meat-eating habits a break or simply for those who follow a plant-based and/or vegan lifestyle. This list offers a few great alternatives to incorporate into your diet whenever you are looking for protein-based substitutes to meat.
And just absolutely wholesome and perfect for any kind of weather.
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Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato Buddha Bowl.