Kindfood’s Buddha Bowl

Things currently making me happy:

  • The fact that February is almost over
  • Getting to see my sister in a few more days
  • Gilmore Girls reruns on CTS every night at 7 pm
  • Recreating one of my favourite restaurant dishes

Ever since I first tried the Buddha Bowl from my favourite vegan cafe, I’ve been obsessed with it. But last time as I was eating it, I couldn’t help but think how simple it would be to make. So I started picking apart (figuratively, of course) my meal and figuring out all the ingredients so that I could make it on my own.

Today I’m excited to share with you this spot-on version that I came up with. This Buddha Bowl is simple, nourishing, and perfect for any dietary restrictions because it’s vegan and gluten free! It does contain nuts, but it can easily be made nut free by leaving out the almonds.  And the best thing about this Buddha Bowl? All the leftovers! I ate this 4 days in a row, and I’m still not sick of it yet.

Vegan and Gluten Free Buddha Bowl

Kindfood's Buddha Bowl
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Vegan and gluten free.
Yield: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 block of tofu
  • 4-5 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Tofu: In a shallow dish combine the sesame oil, tamari and rice vinegar. Drain and press out the water from the tofu, then cut it into small cubes. Marinate them in the mixture for about 15 minutes on each side. Then pan fry on both sides until they become slightly crispy.
  2. Sweet potato: Slice into 1 cm thick rounds, then quarter the slices. Spray with cooking oil and roast for about 10-15 minutes on each side.
  3. Assembly: Divide the brown rice amongst 4 bowls. Drizzle 1 tsp of tamari and 1 tsp of olive oil over each bowl and sprinkle dried basil over top. Then divide the tofu, sweet potato, tomato, onion, cilantro, almonds, and sunflower seeds amongst the 4 bowls. Top each bowl with a few slices of avocado.

Vegan and Gluten Free Buddha Bowl

What’s making you happy today?

If you could recreate any dish from a restaurant, what would it be?


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28 Responses to Kindfood’s Buddha Bowl

  1. that bowl looks DELISH!! what's making me happy? the SNOW DAY we're having in st. louis – no work for me!!

  2. I'm so happy that February is almost over too! I don't care that it's the shortest month, because it always feels like neverending. Hopefully, with March comes Spring…so over winter weather :-pThis looks good! I don't think I've ever cooked with tamari.I don't know what restaurant dish I would want to recreate…sounds simple, but I would probably do the salsa from Under the Volcano. Their salsa is sooo good! (and heavy on cilantro, just the way I like it).

  3. we both recreated dishes today! i feel like we're both good at this. hahah. yours looks awesome. so many flavors!

  4. This looks great and I love all the healthy components in there too! Great recipe!

  5. That looks so yummy! And anything called a Buddha Bowl is definitely my kind of healthy hippie food :)

  6. I have been digging tofu lately.

  7. That dish sounds delicious! So many of my favorite foods in one bowl! Plus lots of great nutrients!

  8. Oh this dish sounds good – love the idea of sweet potatoes with sesame oil and tamari. And I'm definitely with you on being happy that February is almost over. I'm so done with winter that it's not even funny; but thankfully the days are starting to get warmer and longer. Woo! Oh, and my trip to Hawaii in a week is making me VERY happy as well :D

  9. Oh my gosh. This dish looks absolutely amazing! Yum! And it has none of my allergies! Yay, well except the brown rice but at least that's easily replaceable! Oh man, totally agree with being happy that February is almost over. Something about this month hah.

  10. mmm! Looks good love :) the fact that it's almost friday and the sun is shining are making me smile today!

  11. That bowl is bursting with color – holy moly, yum! I've never cooked with tofu myself but I'd totally be up for trying this! What's making me happy today… That tomorrow is Friday – always a good thing ;)

  12. I'm always recreating dishes I eat. Me and my boyfriend are starting with vegan diet so we are looking everywhere for inspiration. We usually go to some vegan restaurant for a dinner and pick a dish we like and then try and cook it at home. Your Kindfood's Buddha Bowl looks great! I think I know what we're cooking today :))

  13. Oh I love love love Gilmore Girls. The only boxset I am missing is the last one. Never get tired of that show!

  14. This sounds delicious!

  15. You already know how much I've been drooling over the food you've been posting from Kindfood–especially the Buddha Bowl! I'm excited to have this recipe in my hands!:DGilmore Girls is one of my all-time favorite shows! I miss it so much, but I'm glad that they're still playing re-runs. Whatever happened to Alexis Bliedel? I haven't seen or heard anything about her recently!Something making me happy today: knowing that my mom will be visiting next week! Oh, and the Trader Joe's peanut butter cups I just ate. ;)

  16. Hello! I recently just started a youtube Korean food channel, EasyKoreanFood, where you can learn how to make fast and easy Korean food! It would mean the world to me if you took the time to check it out because I'm just starting out! Thanks!

  17. Love this, we made a Buddhas feast in class this week actually! I have no idea what I would recreate! lol Some epic sandwich probably. What is the CTS? I want to watch Gilmore Girls every night!

  18. I am so excited to see that you posted this recipe! Ever since you posted the picture the other day I cannot stop thinking about it. It looks so tasty :).

  19. oooo, I'm so excited to make this! looks delicious and I love love love asian food!

  20. AAAAH you're right this looks so easy!! I always see this on your blog when you get it…and now I can make it myself muahaha. Also, you earned culinary genius points for figuring out how to make it.

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