I used to be against vegetarian meals. Seriously, I’d confidently proclaim that God made meat for me to eat.
But the issue was honestly just that I really felt like I could NOT get enough protein in a vegetarian meal. And when I don’t get enough protein, I tend to overeat because I am just not full.
I also tend to overeat when food is just incredibly flavorful, but that’s a different problem.
I need protein in order to have healthy habits, and I also need it in order to really have efficient workouts. It’s a super common belief that the best form of protein is meat, so I pretty much rode that train believing meat was the only way.
Thankfully, I have a new client for my meal planning program that is a vegetarian, so it gave me the push I needed to come up with delicious, filling, and protein heavy dishes without meat.
Y’all, I can honestly say I have been having a BLAST doing it.
It turns out there are so many ways to have a vegetarian dish with a ton of protein, be completely full and satisfied, and have it be totally delicious.
The first dish on my list was this vegetarian power bowl. I had been wanting to do a power bowl for a while anyways, so doing a vegetarian one seemed like a fun idea. After all, isn’t the whole idea of a power bowl to get creative and have a nutrient dense dish?
For this first one, however, I kept it pretty simple. I used four main ingredients:
Sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, and my creamy honey avocado dressing.
I cooked my quinoa with a bit of cumin and salt and it amped the flavor WAY up.
I roasted my sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and garlic, and I simply added a little salt to my black beans. Once it was all plated, I put a dollop of honey avocado dressing in the middle.
Although I plated the items in sections so that they were separate, I enjoyed the bowl most when I was taking bites of everything together.
The bowl was powerful, indeed. Between the quinoa and the black beans I got the protein I needed, and the sweet potatoes were super filling. The honey avocado dressing gave a smooth and creamy texture that was to. die. for.
And per usual… I covered my bowl in hot sauce.
Seriously, y’all. You want to try this bowl. You can get creative if you want- add cheese, avocado slices, or any other exciting ingredients (but keeping it clean is up to you)!
Vegetarian Power Bowl
Here's What You Need
- 2 medium sweet potatoes diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 c quinoa
- 2 c water
- 2 tsp cumin
- 4 tsp salt divided (optional)
- 1 c black beans rinsed and drained
Here's What You Do
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes in olive oil. Toss well to evenly coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and season with desired amount of salt and pepper.
Roast sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender but crispy on the outside.
In a stovetop pot, combine quinoa with water and cumin. Add salt if desired.
Boil quinoa for ten to fifteen minutes or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
Heat black beans until they reach desired temperature. Add salt if desired.
Plate all ingredients and add creamy honey avocado dressing to top (link in post). Season with salt and pepper.