I wanted to put together a dish that was be flavorful, healthy and quick. I found a lot of the cutting could be done through just picking up pre-cut veggies at the grocery store. If you’re on a budget like we are the cutting labor comes from you. Lets get started on this quick colorful and delicious power bowl shall we?
First I placed my cut veggies into a bowl together to be tossed with the homemade adobo seasoning, olive oil, chipotle powder together.
Spread them on a baking sheet and roasted while I prepped the rest of the items for the bowl. Roasting the veggies for 20 minutes at 450°F.
I wanted to save time and didn’t have quinoa prepped for weeknight dishes, so I bought Uncle Ben’s 90 second brown rice and quinoa. Completely acceptable and a great source of whole grain and protein. I also took the time to pulse some cauliflower and set for a quick saute for my bowl, the low protein version and PKU friendly.
I also put all ingredients for the dressing in my nutri-bullet and let it blend together. I actually substituted the coconut milk for plain unsweetened So Delicious (shout out!) coconut yogurt, again another great PKU friendly ingredient. I also tossed in a little paprika, few leaves of cilantro and white pepper for a bit more flavor in the dressing. Perfection.
Once the veggies were ready it was time to place the bowl together. If you wanted to add mean you could add a lean chicken breast or some grass-fed steak or ground meat. I enjoyed it with just the veggies and to my surprise so did my husband. Another successful quick dinner, and plenty left over for tomorrow’s lunch! YAY!
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Southwest Power Bowl with Honey-Lime Dressing
Power Bowl: Prepares approximately 3 bowls
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa, prepared by instructions
- ¼ tsp adobo seasoning, I prefer to make my own to avoid excessive salt intake which is found in most premade adobo seasonings at the grocery store.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil, or coconut oil
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika, , I enjoy the smoked paprika from Frontier Natural
- 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
- ½ Purple onion, cut into 1 in petals
- 1 cup small Brussels sprouts, halved
- ½ cup no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium bell pepper, sliced any choice of color
- 1 small avocado, sliced
- Cilantro for garnish, more if you prefer cilantro
- 2 tbsp canned coconut milk, I used So Delicious Coconut unsweetened yogurt
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp olive oil, coconut oil
- Juice of 1 lime, fresh
- 1 tbsp raw honey, you can use 2 dates for another natural sweetener option as well
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of white pepper
- Pinch of smoked paprika
Adapted from Wellnessmama.com
- ¼ c salt
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 5 tbsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp paprika
- ½ tsp cumin, ground
Toss in a coffee grinder or pulse in a food processor until blended well. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Store up to 6 months to a year. If you choose you can omit the salt.
I love wellness mama’s adobo blend and she has the recipe on her site to make a large batch. Keep in an airtight container for long lasting adobo seasoning. https://wellnessmama.com/23683/adobo-seasoning-recipe/
Power Bowl directions: Set oven to 450° F. Toss olive oil, adobo seasoning, chipotle powder, sweet potato cubes, onion petals, and Brussels sprouts until coated. Place on a baking sheet evenly. Allow to roast in oven for 15-20 minutes until sweet potato is softly pierced with a fork.in a bowl add the quinoa on the bottom. Place sweet potato, onion petals, Brussels sprouts, black beans, bell peppers, and avocado on top of the quinoa in the bowl. Garnish with a little coarsely chopped cilantro, and top with honey-lime dressing. Enjoy a southwest vegetable packed power bowl!
Honey-Lime Dressing directions: Take all ingredients into a food processor or blender. (I prefer to use my nutri-bullet as it is small enough and powerful enough to blend a good dressing together.) Blend on high until blended with a desired consistency you would enjoy. You can use all your dressing for the 2 power bowls or use half and save the rest for later. The dressing made more than enough for me to use later.
Side Notes: You can even add a little pico de gallo on top if you would prefer. You can add other vegetables to this bowl such as: cauliflower florets, fire-roasted corn, roasted tomatoes, and even jalapeño slices. For a low pro-ish version: You can even substitute the Quinoa or blend with a pulsed cauliflower like rice for even more vegetables. If you would prefer this as a salad and want to have more greens you can use raw spinach, a spring mix lettuce, or shred the Brussels sprouts instead of roasting them for a more southwest summer salad.