Are you frequently short on time and cringe at the thought of making dinner? I feel ya. If I don’t take the time to plan and prep ahead, it can get ugly real quick! I’m a huge fan of one bowl meals, aka “power bowls” because they are easy to assemble and a great way to pack in a nutritious meal with minimal effort. Get the recipe for one of my favorites below – a chipotle-inspired plant protein power bowl!
In case you haven’t heard, Florida was in recent danger of a massive hurricane, and there were many counties that were even being asked to evacuate. Now if you’ve lived in the sunshine state long enough, then you would remember the string of hurricanes that rocked our world about 12 years ago.
Because of these distant memories, one mention of “hurricane” and us Floridians are dashing to the stores stocking up on waters, breads made with fake whole grains, high-fructose corn syrup jellies and peanut butter made with hydrogenated oils (wait, was it just me?!).
As I was running around stocking up on last-minute hurricane supplies, I had a raging craving for Chipotle. Because I work from home most days, I hardly ever eat out for lunch so it’s a rare opportunity when I get one of their delicious burrito bowls. I don’t know why, but the Mexican infused bowl that bursts with flavor from all the yummy toppings was calling my name and I just couldn’t ignore it.
When I saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme, I knew I had to take a stab at recreating this delicious bowl at home, using seasonal ingredients as a twist. The October theme is “plant protein power bowls” – packed with protein, fiber and color, plant power bowls are trendy and delicious. Show us the healthy recipe that’s in your bowl.
Plants + Protein + Bowl = The Ultimate Quick and Healthy Dinner
Fall seems to be an unusually busy time for many of us, and as I feel up to my earlobes in projects over here, I’m desperate for quick and easy solutions when it comes to healthy eating. I know that the busier I get, it’s even more important for me to eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods to keep my energy up, my mind clear and my immune system working like a powerhouse.
Enter the ever so trendy, yet ridiculously easy power bowl. I love to cook a batch of grains and roasted veggies at the beginning of the week and throw them in a bowl with a little sauce and call it a meal. It’s a super simple way to get all of your essential nutrients at mealtime. And with a little planning and prepping ahead of time, it can be done in under 5 minutes.
This particular chipotle-inspired bowl has all the flavors of the real thing, but is much healthier since we are using quinoa as a base and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Instead of using a traditional meat protein source, I’m using black beans and quinoa in this bowl, which not only provides protein, but fiber to help keep you fuller longer and sustain your energy, plus other nutrients to help kick your health up a notch.
While I am huge fan of all things homemade, when it comes to convenience, I do cut corner sometimes, especially if I can find a pre-made item that contains fresh, whole ingredients. In this recipe, I’m using a fresh, store bought salsa, but we will be making our own guacamole!
To save time and energy in the kitchen, I would prep the cilantro lime quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes ahead of time. You could also drain and rinse the beans so that they are ready to go! Then all you have to do when the hunger strike hits is heat up the quinoa, sweet potato and beans, top with spinach, salsa and guacamole and you are good to go!
If you want an even lower-carb option, you could forgo the quinoa and serve the veggies on top of a bed of spinach. It would be equally as delicious!