Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Thai Peanut Sauce

Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Introducing the Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl: a delicious and healthy meal that’s packed with flavor and nutrition. This bowl is loaded with colorful veggies, perfectly cooked tofu, and topped with a spicy-sweet Thai peanut sauce that will have your taste buds singing. Whether you’re looking for a plant-based meal, a high-protein option, or just a delicious and nutritious dish, this Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl is sure to please. It’s gluten-free, meal-prep friendly, and incredibly delicious. My parents loved it when I made it for them every night for 2 weeks in a row. Give it a try and discover why it’s one of the best vegan meals out there!

Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl Peanut Sauce

This Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl is:

  • Plant-Based
  • High in protein 
  • Gluten-free
  • Nutritious
  • Meal-prep friendly 
  • Insanely Delicious!

What is a rainbow bowl, or what is a buddha bowl?

A rainbow bowl, also known as a Buddha bowl, is a healthy and delicious meal made up of various components. Typically, a rainbow bowl includes whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables, a source of protein, and a flavorful dressing or sauce. These bowls are often vegan and packed with nutrition, making them a popular choice for those following a plant-based diet. The key to a great rainbow bowl is a delicious sauce or dressing that brings all the flavors and textures together, making it a filling and satisfying meal.

Spicy Thai Rainbow Bowl

What goes in a Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl?

Rainbow bowls are so versatile! Customize your rainbow bowl to suit your preferences or changed it up for variety. The key to making a great Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl is to use a variety of colors and textures to create a visually appealing and delicious meal. Experiment with different ingredients to create your perfect bowl.

Below are the basics that should be included in a Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl:

Assemble your Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl by layering the cooked whole grains, colorful veggies, and fruit, topped with a protein source like tofu or chickpeas. Drizzle with a spicy Thai peanut sauce or your preferred dressing. Add some healthy fats like avocado or nuts for an extra boost of nutrition. The possibilities are endless with this versatile and flavorful meal. Enjoy your personalized Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl, packed with plant-based goodness, and delicious flavor.

Whole grains

Make this vegan rainbow bowl complete by adding whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, rice noodles, couscous, bulgur, or millet. 

Veggies

Get your daily vitamins and fiber through a variety of vegetables. Try peppers, cabbage, pickled onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens, green onions, roasted root vegetables, and more! 

Fruit

Add some fruit to your vegan rainbow buddha bowl. Adding fruit like mangoes or strawberries can really elevate a rainbow bowl! 

Protein

Rainbow or buddha bowls are typically vegan. Look for a protein source like tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas. 

Dressing

A great homemade dressing makes all the difference! This recipe has a spicy Thai dressing sauce. For something different, you can check out this creamy lemon tahini dressing.

Healthy fats

Add avocado, hemp hearts, seeds, or nuts to get some omegas and healthy fats in the bowl. 

How to Add More Spice to my Vegan Rainbow Bowl?

To add more spice to your vegan rainbow bowl, you can try adding some of the following ingredients:

Chili flakes

These can be sprinkled on top of the bowl for added heat. -Hot sauce: A few drops of hot sauce can also be added to the bowl for added heat. Jalapeños: Adding sliced or diced jalapeños to the bowl can add a nice kick of heat.

Cayenne pepper

You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dressing for added heat.

Sriracha

Adding a spoonful of Sriracha to the dressing or drizzling it on top of the bowl can also add some heat.

Other Spicy Options

Another way to make your vegan rainbow bowl spicy is to use a spicy Thai peanut sauce or add a spicy ingredient like chili paste or hot sauce to the dressing. You can also use a spicy marinade for your protein, like spicy peanut sauce or chili-lime marinade.

Also, you can try using different types of peppers, like scotch bonnets, habanero, ghost pepper, etc. to add more heat. Remember to taste as you go and adjust the amount of spice to your liking.

Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl Conclusion

In conclusion, the Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl is a delicious and nutritious meal that is easy to customize to your preferences. By including a variety of whole grains, colorful vegetables, fruit, protein, healthy fats, and a flavorful dressing, you can create a satisfying and well-balanced meal. The spicy Thai peanut sauce in this recipe adds a unique and delicious twist to the traditional rainbow bowl. This is a great vegan meal-prep option that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. Give it a try and see for yourself why this recipe is a crowd-pleaser!

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Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Eating the rainbow has never been so delicious! Loads of colourful veggies and perfectly cooked tofu are topped with a spicy-sweet thai peanut sauce you won't forget.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion, Thai, Vegan
Keyword: buddha bowl, healthy vegan dinner, healthy vegan power bowl, plant diversity, rainbow bowl, spicy thai peanut bowl, tofu bowl, tofu power bowl, vegan rainbow bowl, vegetable bowl
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 mango cut into small strips
  • 1 cup red cabbage, grated or thinly sliced
  • 1 handful mint, cilantro or thai basil (or use all 3!)
  • 100 grams dried vermicelli noodles
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Crisp Tofu

  • 1 brick extra firm tofu (pressed)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp  hoisin sauce for coating tofu (optional)

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • 2-6 tbsp sriracha (adjust to your own spice preference, I like a lot!)
  • 3 tbsp water to thin the sauce (use more if needed)

Instructions

  • Cover the vermicelli noodles in boiling water and leave for 3-5 minutes. (check the package instructions, this can vary). Then drain them and rinse with cold water.
  • Cut the pressed tofu into strips and place in a shallow bowl. Cover them in the soy sauce and flip tofu so it's equally distributed. In a separate bowl, add the cornstarch and nutritional yeast and mix well. Now, coat each piece of tofu in the dry mixture.
  • The tofu can be cooked in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes flipping halfway, OR it can be fried in a pan with a little dash or olive oil for 3-5 minutes per side. Cook until the tofu is nice and crispy and golden brown on the outside. If you want, coat those tofu strips in a little hoisin sauce to enhance the flavour. This step is optional. 
  • While the tofu is cooking, chop up your veggies.
  • Next, make the peanut sauce by mixing all ingredients together in a jar. Be sure to taste test it to see if you are happy with the level of spiciness. Remember you can always add but you can't take away! I know I can get a little heavy handed with the sriracha and my guests don't always want to sweat at the dinner table . Same thing goes for the water, add a little at a time until you get the consistency just right.
  • Now you are ready to assemble the rainbow. bowl. Just add in veggies, noodles and tofu, sprinkle a dash of sesame seeds and top with that delicious Thai peanut sauce. Serve and ENJOY!

Notes

This spicy Thai peanut rainbow bowl is one the most flavourful and healthy meals. I made different vegan meals for my parents every night for 2 weeks, and this was their favourite! 
This Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl is:
  • Plant-Based
  • High in protein 
  • Gluten-free
  • Nutritious
  • Meal-prep friendly 
  • Insanely Delicious!
What is a rainbow bowl? Or What is a buddha bowl?
As a general rule of thumb, a rainbow bowl is a healthy meal put together in a large bowl, comprised of whole grains, colourful fruits and veggies, a source of protein, and healthy dressing or sauce. Most buddha bowls are highly nutritious and vegan. 
Why are buddha bowls so good?
Buddha bowls or rainbow bowls are so delicious thanks to a well made sauce or dressing. The addition of a grain and a protein makes buddha bowls even better than salads. They are filling, nutritious and full of plant diversity, making them a popular vegan meal. 
What goes in a rainbow bowl?
Rainbow bowls are so versatile! They can be customized to suit your preferences or changed up for variety. BHere are some of the basics that should be included in a rainbow or buddha bowl:
  • Whole grains. Make this meal complete by adding a whole grain such as quinoa, brown rice, rice noodles, couscous, bulgur or millet. 
  • Lots of veggies. Get your daily vitamins and fiber through a variety of vegetables. Try peppers, cabbage, pickled onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens, green onions, roasted root vegetables and more! 
  • Don’t be scared to add fruit. Adding fruit like mangoes or strawberries can really elevate a rainbow bowl! 
  • Protein. Rainbow or buddha bowls are typically vegan. Look for a protein source like tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas. 
  • Dressing. A great homemade dressing makes all the difference! This recipe has a spicy Thai dressing, but check out this creamy lemon tahini dressing for something different. 
  • Healthy fats. Add avocado, hemp hearts, seeds or nuts to get some omegas and healthy fats in the bowl. 
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2 thoughts on “Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Thai Peanut Sauce

  1. Carol says:

    5 stars
    This Thai bowl is my husband’s fave as well as mine! It’s obviously ☺️extremely healthy as you can easily tell by the variety of colour! And you can definitely make extra for the next day! This will be a regular vegan dish at our house! Thanks spicyveganfood! You da best!💖

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m SO glad you guys love this bowl!! Such a great idea to make extra for meal prep! Thank you so much 🙂

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