These healthy meals-in-a-bowl may just become your new favorite recipe. They are absolutely delicious as you mix everything up together and dig in. Yum.

Customize the fillings to your preferences: For Paleo followers you can leave out the grain base and add in some roasted sweet potatoes or fried-rice style cauliflower. For vegans you can cook the grains down in broth mixed with our healthy cooking sauce, and/or instead of substitute the chicken for tofu or tempeh sauteed with our healthy cooking sauce for a flavor-packed meal!

Smoky SW Bowls 5

These bowls are great for make-ahead meal prep too. Make several at once and you’re stocked up for delicious and healthy lunches on the go that will energize and satisfy all week long!

Healthy meal prep assembly

I make variations of these bowls for my professional athlete clients all of the time because they absolutely love them and help them achieve their health goals in a delicious way. I love that all I have to do to add a ton of flavor and nutrition is simply pour on our Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauce!

Smoky Southwestern Bowls

Serves 4-6

For the base:

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup frozen fire roasted corn kernels

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

(Tip – When you’re cooking your quinoa add your corn and black beans to the pot during the last 10 minutes of cooking time)

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced

Toss together and place into the bottom of the bowl.

Add a portion to each bowl:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs simmered in Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin inspired healthy cooking sauce (or substitute ground beef or leftover shredded beef or pork simmered/braised/slow cooked in Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauce if you wish)

Top with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and the Avocado-Cilantro Crema. Mix everything together before serving and enjoy!

Avocado-Cilantro Crema

Makes about 2 cups

I use this as a salad dressing, spread for sandwiches, to dollop on cooked fish and so much more! It’s absolutely delicious and keeps in the refrigerator for about 2 days.

1 large ripe avocado

1-2 cloves garlic

1 pinch salt

1/2 – 1 whole jalapeno, optional

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp honey

The juice from one juicy lime

1 tsp rice vinegar

1-2 Tb water

Put everything in the blender, puree until smooth. Add water as necessary to get to the consistency that you like.

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