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Quinoa Kale Power Bowl

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! 

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Oh hey! Culinary school has taken over my life the past few weeks, but I’ll fill you in on that at another time. Today, today is about food!!! More specifically filling, healthy food!

Even I cannot live on bread alone. Yes, I can. But it’s best if I don’t!

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

You know the ubiquitous Power Bowl that has popped up at every food establishment? The one that has a sprinkle of quinoa, a few leaves of kale and a whole lot of filler; and yet somehow they still justify charging $15 for it?

The first week of school I traded some fudge brownies for one such salad (Best trade ever, by the way!) and I decided for free it was awesome but for $15 I could do so much better!

This is my version. It’s packed full of healthy, fresh vegetables, filling protein and just a hint of sweet from the grapes. It’s just how I do.

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Triple protein from the quinoa, turkey and feta; healthy and filling fat from the avocado; and vitamins and minerals from the kale, peppers and grapes! It is seriously packed to the max with healthful fresh ingredients.

I love to warm up the quinoa and turkey before assembling the bowl but it tastes delicious cold packed for lunch too. I should know; I ate it everyday for over a month!

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

But seriously, how could you not want to dig right into a salad that looks like that?

The COLORS!!!

Makes me happy.

And when you are exhausted and starving and trying to cram both eating and resting into your 30 minute lunch break, color is everything.

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Drizzle it with a low-fat rosemary thyme balsamic vinaigrette, and you have yourself a filling meal that will power you through lunch, the afternoon crash, your workout and beyond.

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

This is also quite possibly the easiest lunch or dinner ever. I’ve been making it with rotisserie chicken or turkey breast that I pick up on my way home from the gym.

“Hi my name is Lazy, I mean Lindsey, and I am too tired to roast my own chicken.”

Whatevs. Something has to give.

If you have 10 minutes and some spare chicken breasts, I suggest my ridiculously easy, foolproof Rosemary Chicken Breasts. They are so easy it’s actually embarrassing that I ever buy rotisserie chicken.

Half the time I omit the turkey or chicken and add an extra ¼ avocado and a sprinkle of toasted walnuts to make an equally filling and vegetarian salad.

Quinoa Kale Power Bowl {$500 Giveaway!}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Quinoa Kale Power Bowl {$500 Giveaway!}

This Quinoa Kale Power Bowl is packed with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and filling protein! Plus it is a super easy recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

    For the Salad:
  • ½ cup uncooked Quinoa
  • Roasted turkey or chicken breast
  • Sprinkle paprika
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup sliced sweet bell peppers (I use a mix of mini peppers. They’re cute. I can’t help it)
  • 4 ounces feta
  • Sliced red grapes
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves only
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

    General instructions for cooking quinoa:
  1. I cook a huge batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week but I use a 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa, so for every 1 cup of quinoa, I use 2 cups of water. Rinse your quinoa, add to a pot with the water, several tablespoons of olive oil and several pinches of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cover and reduce the heat to low; simmer on low for 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water and is tender.
  2. For the salad:
  3. Combine everything in a bowl. Sprinkle quinoa and turkey with paprika and a pinch of salt.
  4. That’s it. Criminally easy.
  5. For the Balsamic:
  6. Combine everything in a jar or salad shaker. Shake vigorously until combined. Taste an adjust honey, salt and pepper.
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27 Comments

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu
    April 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Hey Lazy! I mean Lindsey, (that made me laugh so hard) that is one gorgeous salad. Glad to know I’m not the only one who buys rotisserie chickens too. And a giveaway yay! I’ll have to enter when I get my US citizenship #dreaming xx

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      LOL! You are definitely not the only one who buys rotisserie chickens! They are a life saver! #waitingforthedayitsofficial #merica

      Reply
  • Lelia
    April 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Dinner tonight!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Lol! Me too! 🙂

      Reply
  • Barbara
    April 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I’m thinking along those same lines Lelia. Looks so deliciously tempting!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      I’m eating a variation on it this evening too! I’ve made some tweaks because the same thing twice a day does eventually get old!

      Reply
  • Lindsay
    April 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I want this for lunch! Looks amazing.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      All my classmates have been begging me for months to bring them lunch too 🙂 You can make it in under 20 minutes…soooo easy, Lindsay!

      Reply
  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek
    April 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This looks wonderful. I’m so excited for a new homemade dressing. I’m a little tired of the ones I make.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      I make the same ones all the time because I don’t even measure any more!

      Reply
  • Nora (A Clean Bake)
    April 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Oh geez, the price of these. They are just so good! Thanks for an easy homemade version at home – my stomach and my wallet need it!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Tell me about it!! It’s outrageous what people charge

      Reply
  • Josephine
    April 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, Lindsey, this looks like a great recipe. I will try to replicate it this week when my daughter comes to town. Glad that culinary school is so rewarding.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks, Josephine! It’s so easy! And you can make it with our favorite rosemary chicken 🙂

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    April 21, 2015 at 1:10 am

    You ate this every day for a month? Well then, I’ve just got to try it! Not only does it sound full of flavor, it is so pretty!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 21, 2015 at 6:37 am

      I did! I am guilty as charged, Kristine!

      Reply
  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    April 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about Culinary school!! Hope you are enjoying it! I LOVE quinoa bowls like this!!!! pinned!!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I am definitely enjoying school and an update is (has been) in the works! Thanks for the pin, Alice!!

      Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    April 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    this power bowl looks super healthy! Hope you are having fun at culinary school Lindsey 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      It is that…trying to counteract all the sweets! I am totally loving school…an update to come soon! 🙂

      Reply
  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life
    April 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Lindsey! I love a good power bowl and this one looks great! I’m going to be even lazier than a rotisserie chicken and crack open a can of chickpeas to make my vego-version 🙂
    Sometimes a girl needs a power bowl she can make to keep herself feeling like a rainbow even though she is busy as all get out 🙂
    Good luck with school!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Good idea with the chickpeas!!! Thanks!

      Reply
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    April 23, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Sounds like a great salad. Love the colors as well. Will have to give it a try for my daughters, they eat salads pretty well.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Ella! You and your daughters will love it!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    April 23, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I love all the beautiful colors in this power bowl! It looks amazing and exactly the kind of lunch I would love to have every day too! Hope you are enjoying school so far 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      April 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! The colors are the best part…well aside from the test! I am enjoying school but it has been crazy!!!

      Reply
  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    April 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    What a yummy lunch! I think going to culinary school would be so fun!

    Reply

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