Remember the other day when we went to The Naked Sprout with our mom, and how we promised that we would re-create one of the dishes that we ordered, Pete’s Protein Power Bowl? Well, we did!
And all we have to say is “Step aside, Pete.”
We really should be thanking this elusive Pete, because he inspired us to create this new, ridiculously yummy dish!
Julie and Brittany’s Protein Power Bowl! It’s actually the greatest meal ever! It’s very pack-able, is delicious hot or cold (we ate it cold), can use pretty much any ingredients you want, is really easy to put together, and is incredibly scrumptious. And it is what it says it is: a high protein meal! Between the tempeh, black beans and hummus, this baby’s loaded. It also has lots of veggies (veggies=vitamins and minerals!) and fiber – thank you beans, veggies and whole grain rice!
In fact, you could make this even higher in protein, if you wanted, by using quinoa. You could also substitute the tempeh for tofu, and black beans for kidney beans (or any beans, really.) Basically this dish breaks down to: Grain+ Protein #1+ Beans+ Veggies +Hummus. Done.
Have we sold you yet? 😉
We also think we are beginning to have a new love affair with tempeh. Don’t get us wrong, we still adore tofu, but tempeh is quickly catching up. It’s not as good cold and raw, but marinate it and throw it on the frying pan and it becomes this flavourful, slightly nutty wonder food. We soaked ours in an oil-free Chipotle-Lime Marinade. Something that we will for sure do for next time: Steam the tempeh before marinating it. Apparently it becomes much more receptive to flavours that way.
So thanks, Pete. We owe ya’ one.
Protein Power Bowl
Prep time: 10min +Marinating/chilling
1/3 block of tempeh
1 recipe Chipotle Lime Marinade (see below)
3/4 c. cooked brown rice
1/2 c. grated carrot and zucchini
1/2 c. chopped veggies (we used broccoli, cucumber, peppers and mushrooms)
1/2 c. black beans
1/4 of an avocado
1/4 c. Hummus
Slice the tempeh into thin strips, then soak in marinade for 15-30min.
Heat a non-stick frying pan. Cook tempeh on one side, then flip to cook the other side, until both sides are golden. Remove from the pan and cut the strips into shorter pieces.
In a bowl, put rice, veggies, beans and tempeh. Top with avocado and hummus and enjoy!
Chipotle Lime Marinade
Prep time: 3 min
1/2 tsp. Chipotle puree (chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, pureed)
3 drops liquid smoke
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp liquid honey
Combine all ingredients and toss any meat, tofu, tempeh or veggies with it!
Have you re-created a dish from a restaurant before?
Did it turn out as good as the original?