Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing
A quick and easy power bowl recipe with a delicious garlic tahini dressing!
Looking for a quick, easy and healthy lunch idea? Look no further than this DIY power bowl recipe. Incredibly versatile and easy to prepare, power bowls are a great way to get a high-fibre lunch on the table in minutes. Plus, they store well in the fridge for days so they work well as a healthy meal prep idea for grab-and-go lunches.
What is a Power Bowl?
The term ‘power bowl’, also known as buddha bowl or macro bowl, simply refers to a mixture of fresh and highly nutritious ingredients that are combined to make a hearty and filling meal. They are typically vegetarian or vegan and include a combination of grains, root vegetables, leafy greens, fresh veggies, along with some nuts or seeds.
How to Build a Power Bowl
Making a healthy power bowl is quite simple once you get the basic formula down. Here’s what you need to do:
Add some grains. The base of any good power bowl is a hearty helping of grains. Not only are they filling, but also add a much-need dose of fibre to the dish. Some popular options include rice, quinoa, couscous, wheat berries, and noodles.
Add some protein. Protein is key to any power bowl, as it helps to balance blood sugar and keep you full, and you can use meat protein and/or vegetarian protein.
Add some leafy greens. Greens can be added in the form of lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula or any other form you might enjoy.
Add some veggies. Vegetables can be added raw or cooked depending on your preference, and the more colour the better.
Add a dressing. Although you can truly use any type of dressing you like, creamy dressings tend to be the most popular.
And that’s it! Once you’ve got the basics down the flavour options are endless.
The best part about this power bowl recipe is that it is incredibly versatile. Although this particular recipe calls for quinoa, chickpeas and sweet potatoes, you can easily swap these ingredients for any combination of grains, beans, lentils and vegetables that you like. Not to mention, it’s a great way to use dinner leftovers; simply combine the ingredients in a bowl (hot or cold) and cover them with the rich and creamy garlic tahini dressing.
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Although this dressing recipe calls for garlic, it actually works very well without it. So, if you don’t have (or don’t like) garlic, no worries! Below are some ingredients ideas, but you can easily swap these for whatever you have on hand.
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa (or rice, millet, or lentils, etc…)
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas ( or black beans, white beans, pinto, etc..)
- 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato (or any root vegetable)
- 2 cups mixed greens
- Assorted veggies
- Handful seeds
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed (optional)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Water to thin if needed
- In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. (This makes lots of extra dressing, so you can save it for later.)
- In a separate large bowl, combine all of the power bowl ingredients.
- It is sometimes fun to arrange them by colour as well.
- Top salad with dressing and toss together.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 508 calories
- Sugar: 7 grams
- Fat: 30 grams
- Carbohydrates: 51 grams
- Fiber: 12 grams
- Protein: 16 grams
Keywords: healthy, easy, dressing, vegetarian, vegan