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How to Make a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu

How to Make a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu

Need a cheap and healthy dinner that is also super easy to make, with tasks you can delegate? Then you NEED to keep reading and check out this simple to make vegan buddha bowl with tofu!

The great thing about any buddha bowl is that you can basically just throw a bunch of different foods together and call it dinner!

Perfect for using up all your leftovers or when you think there’s nothing to eat for dinner.

Or, use a recipe like the one below to make it easier by not having one more decision to make in your busy day!


Grab these Detailed Directions and have Your Kids Cook with YOU!!

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How to Make a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu


But, first…

What is a Buddha bowl made of?

A buddha bowl is made of a various foods.

But, generally, they contain some type of veggie, either raw, cooked, or roasted. Some type of bean or other protein, like tofu. Some type of grain, like rice, quinoa, or something else. They could have nuts or seeds, and maybe even a dressing on top.

They’re so versatile that anyone could make one that they like.

The perfect food for picky eaters!


How many calories are in a Buddha Bowl?

The amount of calories in a Buddha bowl really depends on what’s inside of it, and since there are so many variations, I can not tell you how many calories they have in general.

But, the good thing about buddha bowls is that they’re so healthy that you shouldn’t need to worry about the amount of calories. Unless you have a medical condition where you need to worry about calories, such as PKU.


Are Buddha bowls good for you?

How ‘good’ a Buddha bowl is for really depends on the ingredients added to it.

You could have a buddha bowl with white rice, corn, and white potatoes, and it’d still be better for you than store bought mac and cheese or other processed food alternatives.

Or, you could have a kale, quinoa, sweet potato bowl with a ‘cheesy’ sauce made of cashew cream and have it be super healthy!

It all depends on what you put in it!


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How to Make a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu

This vegan buddha bowl is super easy to make…

However, it does have several components and would be a great meal to have your kids start learning how to cook with!

They’ll feel important as they can contribute one portion of the bowl to the family dinner.

Let’s start with cooking The Rice

Cook brown rice like you usually would…

Ok…if you need actual directions for cooking brown rice, like I would’ve 8 years ago, here you go:

  1. Measure out 1 cup of brown rice
  2. Rinse the rice
  3. Pour the rice in a pot on the stove
  4. Measure out 2 cups of water and pour into the same pot
  5. Turn the stove on to medium to high heat with cover on
  6. Wait for the water to boil
  7. Once water is boiling, turn the heat down and allow the rice to simmer
  8. Wait til the water is completely absorbed before lifting lid
  9. Take off of hot burner, fluff up and let cool before adding to each bowl
  10. (Optional) Add a sprinkle of brown sugar

*Don’t lift the lid before the water is absorbed, or it will take forever.

**Careful to not let the rice burn, it’ll stick to the bottom of the pan and the bottom layer will not be usable.


The Sweet Potato

Bake the sweet potato at 400ºF for 25 to 30 minutes.

Here’s the detailed instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes
  3. Cut the sweet potatoes in half
  4. Place skin side down on a lined cookie sheet
  5. (Optional) Add spices and/or dribble a little olive oil on the sweet potatoes
  6. Once oven is preheated and sweet potatoes are prepped, place in oven
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a fork easily goes into them
  8. Let cool
  9. Scoop the inside of the sweet potato out of the skin 
  10. Mash the potatoes or cut into cubes (whichever is easier or you prefer) before adding to each bowl
  11. (Optional) Add a sprinkle of brown sugar

Or, cook the sweet potato on the stove.

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes
  2. Peel the skin off of the potatoes
  3. Cut the potatoes into cubes
  4. Add plenty of water and the sweet potatoes to a pot on the stove
  5. Cook the potatoes on medium to high heat until a fork can easily poke them
  6. Drain the water, let cook and add to bowls
  7. (Optional) Add a sprinkle of brown sugar


*You could also simply wash, poke holes it, and microwave the sweet potatoes if short on time.


The Tofu

Add a block of tofu, a little olive oil and seasoning to a skillet. Chop the tofu with the spatula and cook on medium heat til golden and crispy on the outside.

Here’s the detailed instructions:

  1. Remove tofu from the package and drain as much water out of it as possible
  2. If time allows, press it; if not, that’s fine, the heat will help remove excess water
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, no more, to a skillet
  4. Let the oil heat up using medium heat
  5. Add the tofu to the skillet (you can cut it into cubes before adding to the skillet)
  6. If not cutting the tofu into cubes before adding to skillet, use the spatula to cut it into cubes while cooking
  7. Then, add a quarter to a half of a teaspoon of seasoning to the tofu and stir well
  8. Keep sauteing the tofu on medium heat, stirring occasionally til it starts to brown or golden
  9. Once the tofu is crispy and golden on the outside, it is done and done be removed from the heat
  10. Let cool and add to the bowls

*Don’t add more oil than necessary, it’ll take longer to cook if you do. 

**Feel free to experiment with the types and amount of spices or seasoning, to your families own taste preference.


The Broccoli

Boil the broccoli for the Buddha bowl.

Or, roast it or steam it. It’s really up to you. If you’re really pressed for time, get a microwavable bag of broccoli and stick in the microwave and follow the directions on the bag.

Here’s the detailed instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil on the stove
  2. Chop up broccoli into bite size pieces and add to the water
  3. Boil broccoli til tender
  4. Let cool and add to bowls
  5. (Optional) Add a tiny bit of salt


  1. Grab bag of microwavable broccoli from freezer
  2. Place in microwave with the correct side up
  3. Microwave for 4 and a half to 5 and a half minutes
  4. Let sit for a few minutes before opening bag and adding broccoli to bowls
  5. (Optional) Add a tiny bit of salt

By now, you should have 4 different foods in everyone’s bowls.

You can add a sauce or dressing to this bowl if you’d like. We don’t do any fancy homemade dressing for this. Sometimes my girls ask for ketchup for the tofu, and they need to have brown sugar on their brown rice or they won’t eat it. This bowl is meant to be picky eater friendly, so if you or your child needs a specific dressing or condiment on it or on the side to dip the food in, so be it!


Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu

Make a delicious and versatile meal that even your picky eaters will like! Have your kids help and make one of the foods to add to this family meal; sweet potato, rice, broccoli, and tofu!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, buddha bowl, rice, sweet potato, tofu
Servings 4 bowls
Author Shawna Clapper


Brown Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice dried
  • 2 cups water
  • sprinkle brown sugar optional

Sweet Potato

  • 3-4 sweet potatoes medium


  • 1 package tofu firm or extra firm
  • ¼-½ tsp seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 4 cups broccoli approximate (or use a bag of frozen broccoli)


  1. Cook the rice in the water on medium to high heat with a cover on the pot

  2. Once the rice is boiling, turn to low and let simmer til water is gone and rice is soft, then add to bowls once cool

  3. (Optional- add some brown sugar to the rice and mix well.)

  4. Skin and cube the sweet potato and add to a pot of water with no lid, turn heat on medium

  5. Chop up broccoli, and once water with sweet potatoes are boiling, add them in

  6. Once you can stick a fork through the sweet potato and broccoli easily, drain, set aside to cool, then add to bowls

  7. Add oil to a skillet and turn on medium heat

  8. Drain tofu from package and add to skillet

  9. Cube the tofu in the skillet with your spatula

  10. Add the seasoning and cook on medium heat til golden

  11. Let cool and add to bowls, then enjoy your tofu buddha bowl!

Grab these Detailed Directions and have Your Kids Cook with YOU!!

How to Make a Vegan Buddha Bowl with Tofu




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