Energy bowl, Buddha bowl, Bliss bowl… call it whatever you want, these bowls of goodness are packed full of nutrients and are super tasty!
An energy bowl is an answer to the question “What do I eat during the winter to stay healthy, while NOT eating a cold and crunchy salad?!” (Now, I have to admit that I love a good, cold and crunchy, leafy salad all year round, but with the frigid winter weather that we have been having, this is a great alternative to eating cold salads, and yet still getting those nutrients!)
Just like making a salad, making an energy bowl means that you can use whatever you have in the fridge. This recipe can be changed up to whatever you have on hand or feel like putting into it.
A basic formula is as follows:
Generally, your bowl will start with greens of your preference. You’ll then top it with your favorite roast veggies, a source of protein (lentils, chickpeas, eggs, salmon, chicken etc.), add healthy fats (avocado, nuts/seeds) and top it off with a delicious dressing! 😋
Perfect for a weekend lunch or make it ahead for your work lunches by preparing the salad the night before work and adding the dressing before you eat it.
Roasted Veggie Energy Bowl
- 1/2 butternut squash or sweet potato (diced)
- 2 medium beets
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt (to season)
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 4 handfuls greens of your choice (kale, spinach, spring mix) (*if using kale, see note below)
- 1/2 small avocado
- 1/4 cup walnuts (or pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds)
- 1/2 cup lentils (or other protein source) (cooked)
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Chop the squash and beets into bite-sized pieces and place on a roasting tray. Mix the oil, salt, and spices and mix well with veggies. Roast until cooked, approx. 20-25 mins.
Make the dressing (see recipe below) and set aside.
Wash the greens and place in a bowl.
Top the greens with the roast veggies, avocado, lentils, walnuts and the dressing (you may or may not have leftover dressing).
Mix until well coated and enjoy. Add in any other extras you would enjoy!
*If using kale, pull the leaves off the stalks. Place the kale leaves in a bowl and add half the dressing. Using your hands mix it all through and massage the kale for about 30 seconds. This makes the leaves wilt a little and becomes less tough.
Energy Bowl Dressing
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- 2 tbsp. water
Whisk all the ingredients together with a fork. Add more water if you want it thinner.
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