Mean Green Buddha Bowl

Healthy Vegetarian Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegan Option!) | Serving up a Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe today with only 8 ingredients! This healthy vegetarian dish can be made vegan by omitting the egg on top.

Healthy 8-Ingredient Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Option!) |
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In effort to start 2016 off on the right foot, I want to share an extremely healthy go-to dish I like to make my family on those crazy midweek nights I don’t have time to prepare a big meal, the Mean Green Buddha Bowl.

This simple veggie-based dinner bowl is:

  • Packed with nutrients
  • Low in fat and calories
  • Dairy free
  • Gluten free
  • Paleo
  • Vegetarian
  • Can be easily made vegan
  • And you don’t have to be a follower of Buddha or a health-nut to enjoy it. *wink*

(A Buddha Bowl is just a vegetarian meal in a bowl.)

Vegetarian Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegan & Paleo Option!) |

Even if green isn’t your favorite color when it comes to food, you should give it a try!

You can get fancy with veggie bowls. Yet in the effort of simplifying life for 2016, I’ve kept this Mean Green Buddha Bowl down to just a handful of ingredients.

Roasted Broccoli

Here I’ve combined wilted swiss chard, steamed edamame, roasted broccoli, fresh sliced avocado, salsa verde, and cilantro into a easy green dish you can feel good about eating.

Making Healthy Vegetarian Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegan & Paleo Option!) |

The salsa verde acts as the sauce for all the veggies, while the roasted broccoli offers an earthy charred quality.

Even though the color scheme in monotone, there’s a lot of contrast in flavor and texture in this bowl!

Simple Vegetarian Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegan & Paleo Option!) |

If you’re looking for a little extra protein in your veggie bowl, add a sunny side up egg on top. The warm runny yolks adds richness to the veggies. However, it’s great with a scrambled egg as well.

The avocado, edamame, and egg help keep you feeling full for hours.

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So skip the salad, at least once or twice a week, and get your greens in a Mean Green Buddha Bowl!

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Healthy 8-Ingredient Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Option!) |

Mean Green Buddha Bowl

Healthy Mean Green Buddha Bowl Recipe, a vegetarian (or vegan) dinner idea for healthy food in a hurry. With less than 10 ingredients, these buddha bowls are delicious!
Servings: 4 bowls
Nutrition Facts
Mean Green Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.4g 36%
Saturated Fat 4.6g 23%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 381mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 13.7g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%
Sugars 3g
Protein 12.4g 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 heads broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 heads swiss chard
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 avocado
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spread the broccoli florets out on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Then salt and pepper liberally. Roast for 15-20 minutes until crusty around the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, pull the leaves off the swiss chard and place them in a large pot. Add 1/4 cup water and salt and pepper liberally. Cover and turn on medium heat. Allow the swiss chard to wilt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place the frozen edamame in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through.
  4. To Assemble: Divide the roasted broccoli, wilted swiss chard, and steamed edamame into four bowls keeping them in separate piles. Slice an avocado, then fan the avocado slices over the veggies in each bowl. Spoon salsa verde over each bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Then top with a warm fried egg, if desired.


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  11. Nakiaposted February 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply

    This dish is amazing! I need to increase my avocado intake so I’m researching various yummy recipes and your recipe was a big hit! The only change I made was omitting the salsa verde and made a cilantro lime dressing instead. I couldn’t find salsa verde in the grocery store (they were out) but the cilantro lime dressing worked just fine. I was very surprised the egg worked so well with the dish. This is a keeper!

    Rating: 5
  12. Ilonaposted January 11, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply

    What could I use instead of edamame? I’m afraid I won’t be able to buy it where I live.

    • Sommerposted January 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Hi Ilona!

      What about fava beans, lima beans, or even some variety of white beans?

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  18. Kylieposted February 4, 2016 at 3:48 am Reply

    Hi…..that looks delicious……I love everything in the bowl. I’m quite picky when it comes to veggies there is a lot I don’t  like. Thanks for sharing this recipe, will definitely try! 

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  20. Lizposted January 6, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply

    Oh, yeah! I need more easy, healthy dinner options! Your Buddha bowls would hit the spot!

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  22. Cherolynposted January 5, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

    This looks delicious!  How do you make such a beautiful fried egg?  My fried eggs always have that weird burned edge.

    • Sommerposted January 6, 2016 at 10:51 am Reply

      Hi Cherolyn! Try frying them in a nonstick skillet on medium to medium-low heat. Happy Cooking!

  23. Amyposted January 5, 2016 at 6:44 am Reply

    Now this is a bowl of goodness.

    Rating: 5