Buddha Bowl with Mango Tempeh Crumbles

Buddha Bowl with Mango Tempeh Crumbles

These plant-powered buddha bowls are packed with nutrient-dense nourishing foods, including a sweet and slightly spicy mango tempeh.

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Despite temps rising to the 80’s here in New York this week, I’m pretty sure it’s October, which means we are still celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme of Plant Protein Power Bowls fits right into that celebration, highlighting plant-based bowls that are packed with protein, fiber and color.  

I’m a big fan of these types of meals for many reasons. For one, I’m team plant-based all the way. I’m not saying everyone should eliminate all animal products, but emphasizing plant foods is a win for your health, the environment and your wallet. Also, plant-powered plates (or bowls) tend to be packed with lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber.  <—-dietitian alert! And finally, you get to create flavorful and fun combos that help eliminate boredom at mealtimes.  

It was tough for me to settle on one single recipe for a plant-powered bowl, so I opted to create a “buddha bowl” and share my recipe for the Mango Tempeh Crumbles within that bowl! We’ll get to that recipe, but first things first…

What THE HECK is a buddha bowl?

As I learned it, a buddha bowl is simply a nourishing way to fill up your belly and your soul (hence the Buddha reference).  While there is no standard definition or recipe for buddha bowls, they usually contain complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats—a winning combo in my book! Often vegetarian, buddha bowls feature a variety of textures and flavors and may be topped off with a sweet or spicy sauce or dressing. 

How to create a buddha bowl:

  1. Find a bowl.  For us hippies, this is often a beautiful, special-in-some-way bowl that brings you peace and happiness.  For the average joe, it’s just a vessel to eat food out of.  😉
  2. Start with some greens.  Layer the bottom of the bowl with your favorite green veggie (kale, spinach, collards, etc)–raw or cooked.  
  3. Add protein.  Scroll down to get the recipe for my Mango Tempeh Crumbles, but the protein could also be tofu, beans, nuts or seeds.  Meat-eaters, you can still partake in the buddha bowl fun—just opt for chicken, turkey or anything you might have prepped.
  4. Go for some grains (or starches). Add in quinoa, brown rice, barley, farro, sweet potatoes, or whatever starchy/grainy food is calling your name.
  5. Top it off. Many people use sauces or dressings, but you can also do sliced avocado or sprinkle nuts or seeds as the finishing touches on your bowl.

For my buddha bowl, I chose steamed kale, red quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes and my Mango Tempeh crumbles, topped with sliced avocado.  If you can, prep each of the components during weekly meal prep so you’ll have them ready to go for quick, well-balanced lunches or weeknight dinners.  When it comes time to eat, everything gets tossed into a bowl and voila! Of course, you can take the time to style your bowl for an Instagram-worthy shot, but that will delay getting to dig in to your delicious creation.

I prepared the tempeh in a sweet mango marinade with a little spicy kick that comes from garlic and red chili pepper flakes. I also added turmeric, which amplifies the pretty yellow color of the mango and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Mango and a pinch of brown sugar lend sweetness, but if you’re a big fan of spice, feel free to increase the chili pepper in this recipe to balance it out even more.

Mango Tempeh Crumbles

Serves 4

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Cook Time
30 min

Cook Time
30 min

  1. 2 8-oz blocks tempeh
  2. 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  3. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  6. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  1. In a food processor or blender, add mango, olive oil, garlic, turmeric, brown sugar, sea salt and red chili pepper flakes. Pulse until well combined.
  2. Pour mango mixture into a large ziploc bag or bowl. Use your hands to crumble the tempeh blocks directly into the bag/bowl. Toss mixture together until tempeh is evenly coated.
  3. Place in refrigerator and let marinate for at least 3 hours.
  4. When you’re ready to cook tempeh, preheat oven to 375*F and spread tempeh mixture onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake tempeh for 30 minutes, or until crumbles begin to appear slightly crunchy.
  1. Marinated Mango Tempeh Can be used in plant-powered bowls, as a filling for tacos or mix with veggies for a stirfry.
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Fall Stitch Fix Take Two!

Remember a few weeks back I shared my fall Stitch Fix? For the first time since I started getting fixes, I didn’t keep anything.  Not one piece.  It was a bummer!  If you have absolutely no clue what I’m talking about, learn more about Stitch Fix (affiliate link) here in my first post or check out some of my past fixes here, here and here.

With the arrival of fall weather, I still wanted some new pieces, so I left detailed feedback for my stylist and immediately scheduled another fix. It arrived last week and I can’t wait to show you what I got.  I typically “stalk” my items before my packages even arrives, but it’s still so fun to come home and see that Stitch Fix box on your doorstep!

My stylist checked out my Pinterest board and definitely listened to the feedback I had left on my last fix.  I requested pieces that I could wear with leggings and boots for work or casually. Here’s what she sent…

SF Green

41 Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse-$48

This top was one I had pinned a long time ago and while I do love the style and color of it, I now have a few tops that are really similar to this one.  I also didn’t feel like it was worth the pricetag.  Verdict: return.

SF 9 Dress

THML Aubrie Embroidered Dress-$78

Immediately out of the box I loved this dress.  I’m all about the boho-style and I definitely find myself drawn toward maroon pieces.  She suggested I style it with brown boots and a denim jacket, which is a fab idea.  Unfortunately the fit was a little too big and the sleeves were a tad too long.  I didn’t feel like it gave me any shape and it’s somewhat pricey for a dress I wouldn’t get a ton of use out of.  Verdict: return.  

Cowl Neck Knit

Laila Jayde Layola Cowl Neck Knit Top-$58

Y’all, this top is amazing.  The fabric is super cozy, the cowl neck is perfect for fall, it has that unique slanted detailing at the bottom, and there are thumb holes.  I repeat: thumb holes.  I basically feel like I’m wearing a running top, while looking stylish.  Win!  I chose a casual style with jeans from a past fix and converse, but I can see myself wearing this with leggings and boots too! Verdict: definitely keep.

Stitch Fix Slit Detail Knit

Papermoon Kaplin Side Slit Detail Knit Top-$48

Meh.  I wasn’t thrilled with the purple color when I first saw this top, but it was lightweight and cozy feeling, so I gave it a shot!  It felt boxy on top. the sleeves were too short and I didn’t love the slit detail on the sides.  Verdict: return.

Stitch Fix Fanned Fringe Necklace

Bay to Baubles Velma Fanned Fringe Necklace-$28

While I wasn’t really looking for accessories, this necklace won me over. The fringe look is fun, I can definitely dress it up or down and the price point was on par with what I prefer to spend on jewelry.  Verdict: keeper.

Though I only kept two out of the five pieces in this fix, I consider it a win.  I’m obsessed with that cowl neck top and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it and the necklace.  As usual, I left a lot of detailed feedback on sizing and style for the returned items so my fixes will continue to be better tailored to my preferences.  My next fix is scheduled for January, and I can’t wait to share what shows up on my doorstep then. Stitch Fix Men also just launched, so I’m thinking about ordering a fix for boyfriend too.  I doubt he’d model for us, but I think it’d be a fun and painless way to help him up his wardrobe game.  Stay tuned! 😉

Do you schedule fixes monthly or seasonally?  What would you have kept from this box?  Would your man be into Stitch Fix Men?

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