Southwest Power Bowls

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Yes, we love our Power Bowls. Easy to pull together and super healthy, these entree salads are a delicious option for busy weeknights. Now that fresh lettuce and other produce is coming to market, these bowls of goodness are also a terrific way to feature local, seasonal foods!

This bowl has all the amazing flavor of our favorite southwest dishes without the fat and salt. The cumin rice is delicious, but you could substitute cilantro if that works for you! We used grilled, spice-rubbed chicken, local lettuce and baby spinach, local corn from our freezer and fresh, local hothouse cherry tomatoes. You can add a dressing if you like, but the creaminess of the guacamole was enough that I didn’t miss having salad dressing.

Take this for a spin, add what works for you and enjoy the Power Bowl!

Southwest Power Bowls (serves 4)

8 cups fresh lettuce, kale, baby spinach or other greens
2 cups cumin rice (cooked rice mixed with salt, garlic powder and cumin, to taste)
2 cups cooked chicken (we used grilled, spice-rubbed chicken)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernals
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained well
1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese
1 cup guacamole or 2 mashed avocados

Line 4 large bowls with the greens, making a small well in the center of each bowl.
In the well, add 1/2 cup of rice to each bowl.
Around the rice, arrange equal measures of the remaining ingredients.
Serve immediately!

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Chicken Hummus Power Bowls

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Sing with me…

I like big bowls and I cannot lie,
We running mothers can’t deny
When a meal has power and yummy, yummy taste
And helps you trim your waist
We feel young!

Apologies to Sir Mix a Lot. Truly. And to you, because now you will have Baby Got Back stuck in your brain for some time.

But back to big bowls. Big bowls of happy, healthy goodness have our tastebuds singing these days. These one bowl power meals are super hot on the west coast and I can see why. They are healthy, easy to make and the delicious combinations are endless. This power bowl was based on a meal I had at Panera recently and it was a hit with everyone! It uses roasted chicken, hummus, cucumber and a nice helping of ancient grains to give us a terrific protein boost with a fresh taste. Just what we need to help get our spring miles in now that the weather is warming up.

Try this and adapt it to your taste preferences. We’ll add more bowls as we create them!

Chicken Hummus Power Bowls (serves 4)

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
8 cups fresh greens (baby spinach, baby kale, fresh lettuce)
2 cups cooked ancient grains, quinoa, sprouted rice or other high protein grain
1 cucumber, washed and sliced
1 tomato, washed, cored and chopped
1 cup washed and chopped sugar snap peas
Sliced onion
1 cup hummus
2 lemons

Assemble the dish in four large salad bowls (we use the ginormous, restaurant sized bowls, but this will work in whatever you have).

First, divide the greens between the four bowls, making a little well in the center for the grains.

Next add the warm or cold grains to the center of the bowl.

Working your way around the bowl, add each of the remaining ingredients except the lemon.

Lastly, cut each lemon in half and add a lemon half to each bowl. Serve immediately.

Squeeze lemon over the bowl and dig in!

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