If you're looking for a filling, healthy and delicious lunch then why not try one of these three nut protein power bowls? Full of healthy plant protein from the quinoa, nuts and peanut butter, they'll certainly help you avoid the afternoon slump.
When I read that this month's Recipe Redux theme was plant-based protein power bowls I have to admit I felt more challenged than usual. You see, although I'm aware of the recent trend for 'bowl food' and I've seen some lovely recipes and pictures online, I haven't made any dishes in this style until now.
Luckily, I did already have some bowls. But only just. I bought them a couple of months ago thinking I really should get on trend. Well, this month's Recipe Redux has forced me to do just that.
What is black quinoa like?
I decided to use black quinoa as the base for my vegan power bowl. It has a lovely crunch to it but any quinoa would be fine or you could substitute it for another grain. Quinoa is high in protein though so seemed the perfect choice for this challenge.
I added peas and broccoli as I wanted some green vegetables in there and the peas would add extra protein too. I love toasted nuts so I used a mixture of almonds, peanuts and cashew nuts as well as a thick sauce with lots of peanut butter in it.
What does this nutty protein power bowl taste like?
The peanut butter sauce has a lovely satay flavour from the ginger, garlic, soy, vinegar and chilli flakes. When making up the sauce you can keep it quite thick or you can add a little extra water to make it more runny. Keep tasting it though as the water dilutes the flavour of the other ingredients so you may need to add a little more of something to get it just right.
I've placed the ingredients separately in the bowl with the thick sauce in the middle but it's up to you how you eat it. Once I began to tuck in I mixed everything up together. It didn't look so pretty but it tasted good!
You can eat these three nut protein power bowls hot or cold so it's a great recipe for taking out as a packed lunch or preparing in advance for an easy dinner.
Three Nut Protein Power Bowl
- 80 g quinoa
- 4 broccoli florets
- 3 tbsp peas
- 20 g peanuts
- 20 g almonds
- 20 g cashew nuts
For the Sauce
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 small garlic clove crushed
- ½ tsp ginger grated
- 1 tbsp white wine or rice vinegar
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- ¼ tsp crushed red chilli flakes
- Cook the quinoa according to the pack instructions as well as the broccoli and the peas.
- Put the nuts in a dry frying pan and toast them gently until they are golden.
- Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce plus a dash a of hot water from the kettle. If the sauce is too thick just add a little more water. Keep tasting and adjust the flavours if necessary.
- Serve in a bowl.
More Healthy Vegan Recipes
If you like this protein power bowl then why not try one of my other vegan recipes