This has been a very food-packed summer for me. Between my food tour from Halifax through the US, several amazing dinners at local restaurants, and cooking up family dinners with my family, I’ve had a very satisfied belly lately!
One of my favourite food experiences of the summer was my discovery of The Naked Sprout, a raw and vegan cafe tucked away in a little plaza in Burlington. I’ve enjoyed two meals there so far, both of them amazing, but Pete’s Protein Power Bowl really blew me away!
It was simple, but so packed full of good flavours! I left the restaurant determined to make my own version so that I could eat this all the time without needing to make a permanent reservation at The Naked Sprout. My recipe tastes almost bang on to the original – which means that you too can enjoy this dish at home without having to make a potentially very lengthy trip to Burlington just to try it!
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 120 g tempeh
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup kidney beans
- 1 cup steamed sweet potato cubes
- 1 cup steamed broccoli florets
- ¼ cup hummus
- 4 tsp tahini
- Handful of pea sprouts
- In a shallow dish, combine the crushed garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and maple syrup, and whisk together. Place the strips of tempeh in the mixture to marinate for at least 15 minutes on each side.
- After it is done marinating, heat up about 1 tsp of oil in a non-stick pan. Fry the tempeh until browned on both sides.
- To assemble the bowls, divide the quinoa between two bowls, then top each bowl with half of the kidney beans, steamed broccoli, steamed sweet potato, and hummus. Top each with a handful of pea sprouts then drizzle with 2 tsp tahini.
I loved this dish so much I ate it for 3 days in a row! And not only is it tasty, but it is also true to its name – it packs in a good punch of protein. On top of this, it’s also a great source of healthy fat, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. I’d definitely say this protein power bowl is deserving of its title!
What is your #1 favourite source of protein?
If you could have a permanent reservation at any restaurant, which one would you choose?