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The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls

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Bliss Bowls! ♡

What a trendy + delicious + healthy little bliss bowls situation we’ve got going on, and just in time for these icy-cold winter days when you need that plant power more than ever but all you want to eat ever is turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes and every morsel of stuffing ever made. Topped with more gravy. Or no – just me?

This bliss bowl combo is the answer to the question WHAT DO I EAT IN WINTER TO STAY HEALTHY while NOT eating a cold and crunchy leafy salad. I do love a good cold and crunchy leafy salad, and I know you do, too. But friends. Have you been to Minnesota lately? It is a tundra. Maybe even The Tundra. Also 😃 beautiful, clean, generally quiet, full of Disney animals, and an almost perfect place to live (repeats mantra to self x 100). But there is a dark side to those truths, and the dark side is that I’m sitting in our studio right now sending all my positive energies to the little old heater in hopes that I will only have to wear my jacket in here for half the day. Plzzz.

Warm bliss bowl > cold salad.

And anyway, eaters gotta eat. Just look at that heaping-bowl-o-yum: bliss bowls were made for the real eaters of the world.


Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe. |

*true story* – I guess I should have done this sooner, but literally right at this moment I just jumped over to Google to look up what bliss bowls are, technically, you know, like formally and officially.

The only reason I called this a bliss bowl in the first place is because I follow a bunch of super-creative fitspo-food people on Instagram and they always post pictures of these beautiful things they call bliss bowls. But now that I’m looking it up, I’m realizing that maybe this isn’t as widespread a food phenomenon as I thought? And possibly it’s named after an item at a restaurant that I’ve never even been to? Too late now. I’ve been calling it a bliss bowl for the last 800 meals and it’s just too pretty to go back now, so bring on the bliss bowl rainbow.

This ultimate bliss bowl “recipe” is not really much of a recipe.

It’s more of a formula: falafel, greens, roasted veggies, spicy peppers and nuts and tahini / olive oil / lemon juice / honey for topping. <- I mean, that’s seriously it. That’s everything.

You should probably use an exact recipe for the falafel, because that’s a little trickier to get just right. But the whole idea behind bliss bowls as I define them is to just pack in a bunch of pretty and flavorful and multi-textured and colorful plant-based foods into a dish and eat it all together in its combined wonderfulness. This recipe-formula is so flexible, so adaptable to whatever veggies you like or have on hand, and so AMAZING for make-ahead lunches.

Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe. |
Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe. |
Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe. |

Not to spoil any future blog post surprises or anything, but I’ve also been just taking everything in the bliss bowls and stuffing them into naan or pita bread (but mostly naan, because warm, pillowy garlic naan is for sure the meaning of life) and obsessing over some of the most epic lunch sandwiches that have ever come out of my kitchen.

It would NOT be a bad idea to double the roasted veggies here. Prep everything up, get it stored in separate containers in the fridge, and at lunchtime just toss it all together.

It would also not be a bad idea to eat these every day between all those holiday meals. Power-house-nutritious, filling, colorful and so absolutely yummy. THIS IS HOW WE DO WINTER. 💪

Go team B.B.!

Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe. |
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Winter Bliss Bowl with falafel.

The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 bliss bowls 1x


Keep your glow all winter! Easy homemade falafel, roasted veggies, and flavorful sauce all in one big bliss bowl! vegetarian / vegan / gluten free recipe.



For the Roasted Veggies

  • 57 carrots
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Bliss Bowls

  • 810 pieces of Simple 5 Ingredient Baked Falafel
  • 23 cups spinach
  • 12 cups chopped red cabbage
  • 1 jalapeño, cut into slices
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios
  • tahini, lemon juice, honey, and/or olive oil for drizzling


  1. Falafel: Make this falafel so you have it all ready to go! It takes about 30 minutes.
  2. Roasted Veggies: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the carrots and cut into thin strips and place on a roasting pan (a jelly roll pan works well because then the veggies don’t slide off). Chop the cauliflower into small florets and place on a separate roasting pan. Drizzle each pan with oil and sprinkle each pan with cumin, salt, and pepper. Toss around on the pan to combine. Bake for 20-30 minutes – stir occasionally, but not too often otherwise you’ll disrupt the browning process. To get more browning, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. When the veggies are done, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  3. Bliss Bowl Assembly: Assemble spinach, red cabbage, falafel, carrots, and roasted cauliflower in the bowls. Top with jalapeño and pistachios. Drizzle with tahini, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, and salt and pepper as needed.


Nutrition information is for THE BASE of the bowl (the fresh veggies, the roasted veggies, and the nuts), without falafel, and without dressing. The falafel post includes its own nutrition label so you can tally up the total as needed.

Generally speaking, the amounts will vary greatly with this recipe because a lot depends on how much and what you use for toppings.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: falafel bowl recipe, roasted vegetable bowl recipe, bliss bowls

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made the baked falafel this past weekend. Between my husband and myself there are none left. They were so good! This winter bliss bowl looks divine. Now I have another excuse to make the baked falafel. 🙂

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        Stephanie S

        Our favorite bowl yet! The 2 hungry teens loved it (including the very big meat eater), my husband loved it, I loved it. The lentil falafel really completed the meal. And we agreed the falafel tasted better than my favorite veggie burgers I make and keep ready in the freezer. I cooked the lentils a little longer to give it had a smoother texture. We have made many of your recipes and loved them all!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks incredibly healthy, filling, and comforting. There are so many flavors going on. I bet you don’t get bored eating this dish. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love WARM bowls and the fact that “bliss” is involved…I mean it doesn’t get any better. I also say it is totally professional to wear slipper booties in your totally professional studio.

    Just thought you may need to know that…

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m trying this tomorrow..everyone here loves falafel and veggies. Oh, and knee high woolen socks and a big fuzzy sweater should help, I hope.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love salads, but whoever thought it was a good idea to eat cold salads year round was NOT from Minnesota. Or anywhere else where it snows six months a year. This looks like exactly what I want to eat for lunches during the winter.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is exactly what is needed during winter! The struggle is real with wanting to eat cold salads in the winter, yet the need for all the veggies that salads provide. I love this bliss bowl idea, and the name is adorable! Hope you warm up soon, I feel ya!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Amazing 🙂 Just what I need before and after Thanksgiving, to offset all the heavy food that’s on the way. Still have yet to make my own falafel, but I feel like you’re making it mandatory here… I mean, how could I not??

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh I love making bliss bowls! This is perfect because during the winter months I am a roasting vegetable addict! And I just started getting into tahini so I’m pumped to make some delicious dressings. Gotta try that falafel though!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You’re so right… we need more plants in our lives. These bowls are a great idea. Might not be as good as the burgers I am constantly craving these days, but they are much healthier and I am sure they taste fantastic!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Could you even go wrong with falafel in a recipe?? Nooo, definitely. But you took falafel to the next level in a BOWL. What’s better than throwing all sorts of health into a bowl and stuffing your face with it? Nada.

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    Dawn Martin

    Oh good gravy! Thank you for the timely post!! Our first snow this weekend put me in full-on comfort food mode….fried pork tenderloins, mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie. Need BBs stat!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Interesting! I have never heard of ‘bliss bowls’. I’ve always referred to something like this as a ‘buddha bowl’ (well, just in my head, not out loud). And apparently they’re also called ‘glory bowls’ too – th0ugh between you, me and the internet, that last one sounds kinda dirty.

    On a related note, where did you get the ceramic/stone bowl in the photo? I’ve been seeing that bowl in a few of your other posts and think it’s so pretty.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love this, I do a similar thing with different grains and I always called them just grain bowl (can I be even more boring). Anyway, this sounds delicious. Never made a baked falafel though, sounds great!

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    Northern Minnesotan here – you are so right! I really struggle with eating healthy in the winter because I want warm food. And you can only have so many variations of soup, right? This looks delicious!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh. Yum. I want this in my life already!!! Falafel is one of my current food favs, so you are killing me right now! Plus, anything with pita, naan or anything soft and sandwich-y automatically owns my food heart. So you have me super-excited for that upcoming post.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    UHM I just made this (minus the falafel part) and it was DELISH! I substituted some items based on what what in my fridge. So I roasted broccoli, zucchini, red pepper, mushrooms, chick peas, and sweet potatoes. I have to say that I tried tahini once and was not a fan, but this recipe actually changed my mind. Also, the cumin flavour from the roasted veg, paired with the sauce, and the fresh jalapeños was awesome. A very hearty and satisfying vegan dinner. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks sooo good! I really struggle to eat healthily during the winter when all I want to eat is warm carbs… but if anything can tempt me to crave healthy food it would be this!