February 19, 2020
Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl
Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl! If you love sweet potato buddha bowls, then you will love this vegan buddha bowl version. Roasted sweet potatoes, tofu, kale, couscous and a creamy lemon tahini dressing. 
Prep time: 20 min / Cook Time: 40 min / Total Time: 1 hr

sweet potato vegan buddha bowl

I’m BOWLed over by this one!

Had to. I just had to. This sweet potato buddha bowl has been on constant rotation at my house over the last few weeks. I love that it’s so easy to put together and makes for fantastic meal prep and leftovers.

I prep all of the ingredients at once, store in the fridge and ta-da, I’m ready for a quick, nourishing bowl whenever the mood strikes. Considering that I’m 38 weeks pregnant, that mood is very, very frequent.

crispy baked tofu

How to Prep Buddha Bowls

The base of this yummy vegan buddha bowl are two staples in my house: crispy tofu nuggets and roasted sweet potatoes. Van is becoming more and more picky by the day when it comes to vegetables but will happily eat sweet potatoes. Fine by me! I love them as well, especially when they are like this; sweet and soft on the inside with just enough texture on the outside.

I could eat crispy tofu all day long and make a pan or two every week. (PS- here’s my guide for crispy baked tofu) Thankfully, Van loves it as much as I do and we happily gobble up half of pan as I prep the rest of the ingredients. Do yourself a favor and make more than you think you’ll need! 

Couscous is one of my favorite grains to make in bulk, but you can swap in whatever you like for this bowls. Quinoa, brown rice and millet would make it gluten-free if you need it to be. Then, a simple lemon tahini sauce is all you need to pull everything together. 

The prep for these bowls takes ~45-1 hour depending on how quick you are in the kitchen but then you have lunch ALL week long! I invested in a few of these meal prep containers a few years ago and love them to portion out batch meals like this one. I use one of the containers for avocado and seeds, then remove those while I heat up the rest of the ingredients. They are also glass, which is great as I’m always looking for ways to use less plastic, especially in the kitchen. 

crispy baked tofu  

If you’re looking for a new healthy meal– then you’ve gotta try this one. I know I’ve talked about how easy it is for meal prep, but it’s obviously fantastic as an actual meal.

If you’re looking for more buddha bowl recipes, then I highly recommend my Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowls, Lentil Buddha Bowls, butternut squash buddha bowls, thai coconut buddha bowls and my vegan gado gado bowls. So good. I love all of these recipes and know you will too.

 

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sweet potato vegan buddha bowl

Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner, lunch, meal prep
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan

Description

Sweet Potato Vegan Buddha Bowl! If you love sweet potato buddha bowls, then you will love this vegan buddha bowl version. Roasted sweet potatoes, tofu, kale, couscous and a creamy lemon tahini dressing. 


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner, lunch, meal prep
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner, lunch, meal prep
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan
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Ingredients

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Roasted Tofu Cubes

  • 1 container firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Shredded Kale
Avocado
Cooked Couscous or other grain of choice
Sliced avocado, seeds for topping 

Lemon Tahini Dressing 

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the sweet potatoes: Cube the sweet potatoes and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and loosely tent with foil. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and cook an additional 15-20 minutes until crispy.
  3. Make the tofu: Toss the tofu with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place on a separate baking sheet in a single layer and cook for 20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  4. While the potatoes and tofu are cooking, slice the kale and cook the couscous.
  5. Make the lemon tahini dressing: Place the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin in a bowl and gently whisk together. Add the water a tablespoon at a time and whisk until creamy; it will likely seize up on you, that’s OK- just keep whisking. Keep adding the water until creamy and smooth.
  6. Assemble! Divide the couscous, sweet potatoes, kale and tofu into 4 bowls; drizzle with lemon tahini dressing and top with avocado, nuts/seeds of choice.

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