Homemade baked falafels, turmeric tabbouleh and more! This vegan Mediterranean buddha bowl is hearty, nutritionally dense, jam-packed with flavor and easy-to-make. lt is definitely a recipe that you won’t forget!I actually hadn’t had falafel until I was out of high school and it blows my mind to know I went so long without one of my new favorite foods. Crispy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside, if you have not yet tried falafel you are in for a treat! I also want to mention that all of the other ingredients in this Mediterranean Buddha Bowl are optional and can be customized to your liking. To be honest, I personally don’t like olives, so I left that out of my bowl and just served the olives to Chris since he loves them so much and I knew that they pair well with Mediterranean flavors– so just make sure to have fun with it!
Chris and I also put this recipe together as a part of our new “cooking challenge” series on YouTube, where we go head to head in the kitchen and create a new recipe according to that month’s theme. This month was all about Buddha bowls and this is what I came up with!This is unrelated to the post, but there is a lot of change happening over here at SSV and we can’t help but share! Sooooo Chris and I are currently sitting on an airplane on our way to Portland, OR, taking the steps towards our next adventure. Late last year, we decided that we needed a change and wanted to relocate. Los Angeles is great, but after being there for almost 25 years of my life, I think it is time for me to experience something new. We’re here in Portland to meet up with our real estate agent and hopefully secure a new home for the spring, wish us luck!
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Homemade baked falafels, turmeric tabbouleh and more — this vegan Mediterranean buddha bowl is hearty, nutritionally dense, jam-packed with flavor and easy-to-make. lt is definitely a recipe that you won’t forget!
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Add them to the lined baking sheet and place them in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
Tip: We add these to the same pan as the falafel after we flip the falafel, and bake them both for the same amount of time. It saves time and a pan!
Add the water, brown rice, quinoa and turmeric cook on the brown rice setting in a rice cooker. If you would like to cook it on the stove top, add all of the ingredients into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the rice and quinoa to stand, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients for the tabbouleh and stir until uniform.
In two medium bowls, add in a bed of spinach along with the desired amount of the finished tabbouleh. Next, add 2-3 falafels, half of the roasted chickpeas, and 2 tablespoon scoops of the hummus. Finally, add the olives and a side of lemon, and dig in!
If any of the prepared ingredients remain, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can also opt for 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice, quinoa or a grain of your choice.
We usually include the Roma tomatoes and cucumbers in our tabbouleh but for the sake of making a buddha bowl, we left them out and served them in the bowl their own.
Want more buddha bowl ideas? Check out Chris’ Vegan Sushi Buddha Bowl pictured above! His quick and easy vegan sushi buddha bowl is loaded with teriyaki baked tofu, rice, pickled cabbage, edamame, sliced cucumbers, and topped with a vegan wasabi mayo to bring you a flavor combination that is sure to blow your mind!
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Hi, we’re Jasmine and Chris! We share fresh and fun recipes to show you that vegan cooking is easy, approachable and delicious. When we’re not blogging, you will probably find us enjoying live music, tending to our backyard garden or playing with our dogs Berry and Louie