This Green Power Bowl is full of plant-based goodness! Whole grains, beans, tasty veggies, avocado, and a creamy cilantro lime sauce is all you need for a healthy and quick weeknight dinner.
Bowls like this Green Power Bowl and my Mediterranean Bowl are some of my go-to meals for dinner because it’s easy to make and filled with plant-based goodness.
With bowls, you can throw in any grain, protein, veggie, etc to make a well-rounded dish.
And let me tell you, they’re so satisfying. They will fill you up and you won’t be looking around for a snack an hour after eating a big ol’ plate of pasta (like I usually am).
Green Power Bowl
For this Green Power Bowl, I chose chickpeas for protein and fiber (and bonuses of potassium, magnesium, iron, and B6) and brown rice for a healthy dose of whole-grain carbohydrates.
Kale gives us vitamins A while Vitamin C is found in both the kale and Brussels sprouts.
I added avocado (a monounsaturated fat) because it has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke*.
If you cook the rice and roast the Brussels sprouts beforehand this meal can come together in about 10-15 minutes. I usually make a big pot of rice while roasting some veggies on the weekends as a part of my Meal Prep.
It is so helpful having some parts of a meal ready when trying to get dinner on the table after a long day of work. If you do pre-cook the rice, you can just heat that and sprouts up and only have to make the sauce and kale.
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Green Power Bowl
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup kale cooked with lemon and garlic
- 1 cup canned chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 1 cup roasted Brussels sprouts
- 1 avocado sliced
CREAMY CILANTRO LIME SAUCE
- 1/2 c raw cashews
- 1/3-1/2 c water
- juice of half of a lime
- 1/2 tsp lime zest
- 1 TB chopped cilantro
- 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper (or to taste)
- In a high speed blender , blend all sauce ingredients until smooth. If you do not own a high speed blender, you can soak the cashews in hot water for 10 mins before blending. Sauce will last in fridge for about 3 days.
- To cook the kale, saute in some veggie broth with some fresh garlic. Once cooked, drizzle with a little lemon juice.
- To roast Brussels sprouts, halve them, coat with a little olive oil and salt & pepper and roast on 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
- Arrange ingredients in a bowl to your liking and top with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce.
* Peou S, Milliard-Hasting B, Shah SA. Impact of avocado-enriched diets on plasma lipoproteins: A meta-analysis. J Clin Lipidol. 2016 Jan-Feb;10(1):161-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2015.10.011.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel confident creating sustainable habits that align with their values and health goals. She shares easy plant-powered food to nourish your body + satisfy your tastebuds. Mary Ellen’s recipes and nutrition info have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more. She lives in NJ with her husband & two sweet shih tzus, Firenze & Sophie.