Roasted Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Green Bean Quinoa Buddha Bowls with Cashew Cream Sauce

Roasted vegetable quinoa buddha bowls with roasted sweet potato, cauliflower, chickpea, and green beans with toasted macadamia nuts and cashew cream sauce – a balanced vegan and paleo friendly dinner!

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These bowls are basically a bountiful bushel of so many of my favorite things: roasted sweet potato, cauliflower, toasted macadamia nuts, and “cheesy” vegan cashew cream sauce. The green beans and quinoa are alright, too. Kidding. All things considered, these bowls are my idea of the perfect weeknight dinner. Healthy, fresh, flavorful, lots of textures and flavors for keeping your palate entertained while nourishing your body.

Generally, when it comes to Buddha bowls, I say the more variety, the better. I always include a whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa (technically a seed, but nevertheless…), loads of vegetables, and at least one type of nut or seed for some added protein and crunch.

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For these quinoa Buddha bowls, I used red quinoa, macadamia nuts, and cashews from The goodies arrive super quickly to your home in fun, bright packaging. You can keep the bulk goods packaged as is, or store them in sealable jars or containers in your pantry or on your counter. For those of you, like me, who love functional design, big pretty jars of these bulk goods are perfect for giving your kitchen some decoration, while keeping it well-fed.

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Recipe Notes and Options for Alterations:

  1. Any part of this recipe can be prepared in advance. Cook the quinoa, roast the vegetables, and/or make the cashew cream sauce up to 3 days ahead of time and store in sealable containers until ready to assemble.
  2. Add any type of animal protein if you’re craving something meaty.
  3. Substitute any of your favorite veggies, such as bell pepper, onion, butternut squash (or any winter squash), broccoli, carrot, zucchini, etc.
  4. Exchange the macadamia nuts for any type of nut you like, and/or add pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
  5. Substitute the red quinoa for brown rice or grain of choice.

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Green Bean Quinoa Buddha Bowls with Cashew Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Julia


Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls:

  • 1-½ cups red quinoa
  • 2 cups green beans trimmed and chopped into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato diced
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed, 14-
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste

Cashew Cream Sauce:


Prepare the Cashew Cream Sauce:

  1. Add the raw cashews to a bowl or measuring cup and cover with boiling water. Allow cashews to soak at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Drain the cashews and add them to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until completely smooth. If necessary, add a small amount of water to help the blender blend. Transfer sauce to a sealable jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the bowls:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the vegetables on the parchment paper (leaving room for the chickpeas), and drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, and any seasonings of choice.Spread the chickpeas over part of one of the baking sheets as well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, chili powder, paprika, turmeric, and sea salt. Pour this mixture over the chickpeas and use your hands to be sure all the beans are coated.
  4. Roast all the veggies and chickpeas in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, or until veggies are golden-brown and have reached desired doneness.
  5. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  6. Divide the quinoa between 4 large bowls. Serve with desired amount of roasted vegetables and chickpeas, and drizzle with cashew cream sauce.

Recipe Notes

*nutritional yeast gives the sauce a bit of a cheesy flavor. The sauce is great with or without it.

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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Now that is one beautiful bowl of goodness! That cashew cream sauce looks heavenly and I love that you used macadamia nuts. They’re so dang tasty. sounds pretty awesome too! I think I’m going to start buying all of my pantry goods online because they are so much cheaper that way!

    1. Julia Post author

      Yeeees! High fives for toasted macadmia nuts! They’re so tasty yet under-appreciated in savory cooking. is definitely my new favorite go-to recourse for stocking the pantry. So many healthy options, and your goodies get to you so quickly!

  2. Ashley@CookNourishBliss

    Oooo I’m starting to get hungry for dinner and these pictures are not helping!! haha These bowls and that sauce? Sounds fantastic! I need to check out … the area we moved to is kinda lacking in the grocery shopping department!!


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