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Healthy Harvest Buddha Bowl | Amazing Fall flavors in one healthy and nutritious meal in one bowl filled with veggies and fruits and drizzled with a delicious tahini sauce | A Sweet Pea Chef

Healthy Harvest Buddha Bowl

This healthy harvest bowl recipe has roasted fall veggies nestled atop creamy polenta (with hidden cauliflower for less calories and more nutrients!), then complimented with garlic sautéed kale, crisp green apple slices, vibrant pomegranate seeds, and hemp seed hearts. OMG this harvest buddha bowl is ALMOST too good to be true!

Categories Bowl, Clean Eating, Dairy-Free, gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Easy
Keyword are grits unhealthy, cauliflower grits, fall bowls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 256 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


For the Cauliflower Grits:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 cup stone ground (coarse) grits (AKA polenta or cornmeal)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the Roasted Fall Vegetables:

  • 1 large red onion, sliced into wedges
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 2 large beets, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, for topping
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed hearts, for topping
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced, for topping

For the Garlic Sautéed Kale:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups kale, broken into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


For the Roasted Fall Vegetables:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper together and then drizzle over the veggies.  Toss to coat.  If using a Cristel oven-safe fry pan, sear the veggies over high heat for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to oven to finish.  If not, use a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.   Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes, or until veggies are tender.

For the Cauliflower Grits:

  1. Add the cauliflower florets to a sauce pan and cover with 2 cups of the vegetable broth. Cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes, until the florets are tender. Transfer the cooked cauliflower and any leftover liquid to a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Heat the remaining 2 cups vegetable broth and milk in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until simmering.

  3. Stir grits into the simmering broth and milk. Cook, stirring frequently, until the grits are tender and the texture is thick, about 15-20 minutes.

  4. Add in the pureed cauliflower, sea salt, and garlic powder, and stir until combined.

For the Garlic Sautéed Kale:

  1. To make the kale, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the kale and seasoning and sauté until softened.

For the Harvest Buddha Bowls:

  1. To serve, add the cauliflower grits to a bowl. Top with roasted veggies, sautéed kale, pomegranate seeds, hemp seed hearts, and sliced apple.

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Nutrition Facts
Healthy Harvest Buddha Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1477mg62%
Potassium 579mg17%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 10930IU219%
Vitamin C 98.8mg120%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.