I am no stranger to eating Power Bowls. Power Bowls (or Buddha Bowls, the terms are often used interchangeably) have been my favorite go-to meals ever since switching to a meatless diet well over four years ago now.
Why I love Power Bowls:
Great plant-based and vegetarian meal options
Easy to prepare
Minimal cook time
Portable (perfect for bringing to work!)
Can be prepared in advance
Delicious hot or cold
Power Bowls give me just enough variety while allowing me to stick to my usual favorite foods. As a runner, these Power Bowls give me my complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice or quinoa), good sources of plant-based proteins (beans, lentils and quinoa) and combined quality nutrition when you add in the veggies and healthy fats to support my mileage and recovery.
I even wrote a great Build Your Own Plant Based Power Bowl post which is one of my most popular posts each week ever since sharing it last year!
I highly recommend you check out the post so that you can read in detail how I go about building a plant-based power bowl.
Laura and I quickly encountered an issue though when trying to locate a new Power Bowl recipe to try this week.
We realized that recipe pins on Pinterest always look different, new and exciting yet after close inspection, many of the pins are all the same recipes just with different authors and pictures.
Pinterest can be an overwhelming place.
You come across so many wonderful images that get paired with recipes and each time, you think you found a new recipe when really, it’s the same recipe you have already pinned just with different images from a different pinner. We often don’t realize this until we go to make the recipe!
This is not at all to say that the Power Bowl recipes we found on Pinterest aren’t terrific because they are, it’s just that Laura and I didn’t see anything that we personally hadn’t made yet.
Instead of showing you a new recipe that we tried this week, we have chosen to discuss our findings with you (since we like to be honest) and share with you some of the recipe we do think are of interest should you be interested in trying a new to you Power Bowl idea.
Power Bowl recipes of interest:
Worth mentioning again is the Power Salad that I made on Monday.
I want to formally share the recipe for the Power Salad since it closely relates to a Power Bowl. If you skip the lettuce and up the amounts of sweet potatoes, quinoa and roasted veggies, you can in fact create a more traditional Power Bowl. Leave out the feta cheese if you want to keep things plant-based!
- 1 large sweet potato
- half head of cauliflower
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- Chopped romaine lettuce
- Crumbled feta cheese
- avocado (diced)
- Dijon Mustard*
- Maple Syrup*
- Coconut Oil cooking spray or melted coconut oil
- walnuts, almond, pecans for crunch
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Wash and dice sweet potatoes and cauliflower, placing on greased oven safe pan.
- Spritz sweet potatoes and cauliflower with coconut oil cooking spray (or melted coconut oil).
- Drizzle small amount of pure maple syrup over the veggies along with a small amount of Dijon mustard, shaking pan so that all veggies are evenly coated.
- Roast in oven for 30 - 40 minutes (longer the better to achieve true crispiness).
- Add grape tomatoes to the oven half way through the roasting time.
- Place chopped romaine lettuce in a salad bowl.
- When veggies are fully roasted, add them to the salad bowl along with quinoa, diced avocado and feta cheese.
- Toss salad to ensure all ingredients are spread evenly throughout the bowl.
- You can add a dressing of your choice but it honestly doesn't need the additional flavor!
Previous Recipe Challenge Posts:
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Are you a fan of Power Bowls? What’s your favorite combination?
Do you find the pins on Pinterest to be overwhelming sometimes?
What are you up to this weekend?!