A super flavorful and seriously satisfying vegan Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl, packed full with nutritious foods and drizzled with a simple cashew curry sauce, this meal comes together in just 30 minutes, plus it has 20 grams of plant-based protein and 16 grams of fiber!
YOU GUYS. Oh em geeee I love this Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl. SO much.
What is a Buddha bowl, you ask? I guess technically when you look up the term, it’s essentially just a large bowl packed with a mixture of raw and/or roasted vegetables, grains, beans perhaps, and typically topped with a sauce. The bowl is packed so high giving it a “Buddha” belly appearance, hence the name “Buddha Bowl”. Of course I’m sure many of you have eaten bowls like this before and not given any thought to whether or not it had a name. I’ve had plenty of Buddha bowls in the past year, truth be told I just didn’t know there was a legit name for such a thing ?
For me though, what takes this particular Buddha bowl over the edge are two things: freekeh and the delicious cashew curry sauce.
Have you ever had freekeh (pronounced “freek-ah”) before? This was my first time and I can tell you right now, I am HOOKED. I absolutely love love love it. Quinoa is great and all, but guys… freekeh is where it’s at. It has the best texture and taste: slightly chewy and subtly nutty with a hint of sweetness. Plus, I don’t know if you saw at the top of the post, but this bowl has a total of 16 grams of fiber in it, with freekeh contributing 3 grams. Yay for fiber and being full!
The other power players in this bowl
red bell pepper
roasted sweet potatoes
All piled high in one glorious bowl. Oh, and don’t forget the greens. They’re hiding under all of that goodness, you just can’t see ’em.
I almost forgot! THE SAUCE. It’s a seriously to-die-for mix of cashew butter, curry paste, coconut aminos seasoning (soy-free sauce), and a touch of rice vinegar. YOU MUST make it and cover the bowl with it entirely. It’s so lovely.
- For the bowl:
- 2 cups mixed greens
- ⅓ container seasoned & cooked tempeh ( I used Lightlife)
- ⅓ cup cooked freekeh (or quinoa, wild rice)
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup shredded purple cabbage
- ¼ cup roasted sweet potato, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped avocado
- Cashew curry sauce:
- 1 TBS cashew butter
- 1 TBS coconut milk (canned or carton)
- ½ TBS coconut aminos (or soy sauce, tamari)
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- ½ tsp red curry paste
- For the tempeh, I like to chop into cubes and let marinate in mixture of 2 TBS coconut aminos (or tamari/soy sauce), 1 tsp sesame oil, and 1 TBS rice vinegar for about 10 minutes. (You can skip marinating, but I think it lends itself to better flavor.) Cook tempeh in medium frying pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until golden and crispy.
- While tempeh is marinating, start the freekeh by placing ½ cup freekeh and 1½ cups of water in medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until water has evaporated.
- To make the sauce, add cashew butter, coconut milk, coconut aminos (or tamari/soy sauce), rice vinegar, and red curry paste in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until combined.
- In a medium serving bowl, add mixed greens, cooked tempeh and freekeh, layer in veggies, and top with curry sauce. This bowl is best eaten fresh, but leftovers will keep in fridge for a couple days.
--Nutrition does not include cashew curry sauce
What’s so great about Buddha bowls is you can easily customize them to your liking. Not a fan of peppers? Add in some carrots. Don’t like tempeh? How about tofu, or chickpeas? Meat-eater? Throw in some shredded chicken, pork, etc. The main idea behind the Buddha bowl is that you’re loading up a bowl with nutritious foods, and getting a good mix of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Experiment and play around with your favorites!
SO TELL ME:
- Have you had freekeh before?
- Have you heard of the Buddha bowl?
- What’s your favorite source of plant-based protein??
Happy hump ? day, party people!
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