Peanutty Buddha Bowl

A creamy coconut curried peanut sauce with chickpeas and spinach served over whole wheat couscous.

Prep time:  5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Kitchen Tools
  • medium pan
  • medium bowl
  • mixing spoons
  • Meal starter pouch
  • 3 cups unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 2 (15-oz) cans garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water for the couscous
  1. In a bowl, mix the couscous from the meal starter pouch with the boiling water (add a pinch of salt if desired).
  2. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and set aside for 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a medium pan, add other pouch contents, garbanzo beans, chopped spinach, peanut butter, and plant-based milk.  
  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 10-12 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.  
  5. Uncover the bowl of couscous and fluff using a fork. Serve sauce over couscous.  


  • Grant Aram Killian

    Horrible tasting veggan or vegetarian food—the worst thing I ate frozen in my life.

  • Nancy

    I’m with Ellen, yummy! And quick. I make my own peanut butter so I used it and I used 6 oz of fresh spinach because I didn’t have any frozen. I needed to get dinner on the table fast and the Peanutty Buddha Bowl was a perfect choice. Added bonus…I have leftovers 🙂

  • Ellen

    Well, I disagree completely with Betsy. I’ve found this to be one of the most flavorful of all the starters. We’ve loved this recipe as a frozen meal (still mourning the withdrawal of those from our area) before trying the meal starter. We find the peanut butter to be intense and enjoyable. The Buddha Bowl is one of the first consumed when we receive our Meal Starters in the mail. No offense to Betsy, of course. Different people prefer different tastes. And we love the Buddha bowl.

  • Betsy

    Well, it was filling. Just had no flavor. Maybe the couscous to sauce ratio is too much couscous. I actually added about 1/4 cup of peanut butter but it still lacked any zing. It wasn’t unappealing, just bland. Someone who is more inventive in the kitchen than I am could come up with some add-ins that would save this. I’m just not that person :-)

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