Do you have a mishmash of leftovers in your refrigerator and don't know what to do with them? Unleash your inner bougie fast casual dining employee and make yourself a bowl.
Bowls are a great way to get a meal chock full of complete nutrition. Simply combine that leftover rice and protein you have in your fridge with fresh ingredients to add flavor, texture, and additional nutrients. And one of my favorite fresh ingredients to include in any bowl is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are the perfect sweet offset to the savory flavor of the protein. Plus, they are a great source of fiber and vitamin A.
This is how I prepare my sweet potatoes to join the party bowl.
Step 1: Prepare your sweet potatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsps butter, melted
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425°F
Cut up your sweet potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes and place in a mixing bowl
Add garlic, onion, butter, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Toss the contents of the bowl together until the sweet potatoes are evenly coated with the "marinade."
Spread the sweet potatoes evenly onto a baking sheet or oven safe pan
Bake/roast in the heated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until edges of the sweet potatoes are a golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes
Step 2: Build Your Bowl
1 cup brown rice, cooked
4 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of black beans or lentils, cooked
1 lb of grilled, baked, or roasted chicken
1 large avocado, chopped
Use a salad or rice bowl to give yourself enough space for all of your ingredients.
Layer 1 cup of spinach in your bowl
Add 1 scoop of brown rice
Add 1 scoop of lentil or beans
Add 3-4oz of chicken
Add 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes
Add as much of the avocado as you like
Top your bowl with your favorite dressing. I recommend a pesto vinaigrette.
Cover bowl and shake vigorously so the contents are well combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste, then enjoy!!
This recipe can serve up to 4 people.
Get your ingredients from Forty Acres Fresh Market
Order a $15 Mix It Up Box and request the fresh produce items you need.
Come see us every Thursday from 1PM - 6PM at the Austin Town Hall City Market.
2022 season runs June 9 thru October 27
5610 W Lake Street