There is something so satisfying about a good power bowl. They are the perfect balance of grains, lentils, greens, veggies, satisfying crunch, and a delicious dressing that ties it all together. In my cookbook, I share what goes into building the perfect bowl (the combinations are truly endless!). I turn to this “bowl-building” mentality when I’m on the hunt for a reset meal that is filling and delicious, and hence this winter power bowl was born.
This one contains a total winter bounty with ingredients like lentils, millet, squash, kale, and radish but it’s really the dressing that brings it all together. Green goddess dressings always pack a ton of herbs into them but in this vegan version I swap out all of the mayo/creme fraiche and substitute in white beans. The result is a creamy, irresistible dressing that belongs drizzled on just about everything. What I love about pulses, in this case cannellini beans, is how versatile they are. They are able to sub in for just about anything creamy to make a more nutritious dish, without overpowering in any way. At the same time, they can shine as the humble star of the meal (aka the lentils in this bowl). The result is always a healthful, protein packed meal.
Another thing I love about this bowl is you will have leftovers to play with all week long. Make a double batch of lentils or grains if that floats your boats. Use the leftover kale to make an easy kale salad. Catch up on your favorite TV show (or podcast) and meditatively prep all the herbs for easy, fresh additions to meals all week long. Top just about anything with leftover pickled onions and the dressing!
PS If you have preordered my cookbook (or are thinking about preordering it!), I’m gifting you a set of reset recipes – just like this power bowl – along with a three day meal plan. Make sure to grab your copy here.