Protein power bowl

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!

The Naked Sprout Power Bowl

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!

Protein Power Bowl -- vegan, gluten free, and packed full of protein!

Protein power bowl
Prep time
Total time
Gluten free, nut free, and vegan.
Yield: 2 servings
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Protein Power Bowl -- vegan, gluten free, and packed full of protein!

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!

Protein Power Bowl -- vegan, gluten free, and packed full of protein!

What is your #1 favourite source of protein?

If you could have a permanent reservation at any restaurant, which one would you choose?


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25 Responses to Protein power bowl

  1. that looks AMAAAAZING!! you are a culinary genius. I feel like I’ve said that before in several other comments lol but it’s true! protein power for sure, that’s got a lot. I’m on a quinoa kick lately and so I think I’d have to say that’s my current form of protein – but salmon comes in a close second! :-D

  2. my favorite protein source would probably have to be fish of any kind. if I could i'd eat crab legs everyday haha but in the meantime canned tuna, shrimp and tilapia will work :)

  3. This looks SO GOOD! I have heard of The Naked Sprout and want to try it out so bad! That bowl reminds me of the ones at Fresh :)For protein I love tempeh, quinoa, and sometimes Greek yogurt!I would choose Fresh for sure. There is so much variety on their menu that I don't think I could ever get bored! You HAVE to come with me one day!

  4. This bowl looks so flavorful! I've been making something similar with quinoa, tofu and chickpeas…keeps me full for ages! Other protein favorites of mine are eggs & yogurt- they both feature in my diet daily!

  5. What a delicious combination of things! Anything with tahini I love :) I agree with Christina about Fresh, they have so much variety and it is really good, you have to try it some time because I think you would love it :)

  6. Yum. That restaurant sounds delish. The menu was definitely inspiring when I checked it out earlier this year! :)

  7. Wow what a restaurant!! That dish sounds super amazing too mmmmm :)

  8. Mmmm what a fabulous sounding place! And the dish, so flavorful, nutritious… delicious! Thanks for the idea girl, have a nice weekend!

  9. I am such an egg white person, I don't know why but I love making creations with them. But I do love me all seafood protein, like shrimp or crab. Yum!

  10. damn that's a lot of protein! not to mention it makes for a solid dinner meal with lots of healthy fats. yum!

  11. This looks so good Chelsea! Oh tough call about the restaurant, I don't think I've experienced many great ones that I could choose haha. My favourite proteins are greek yogurt (2% or full fat), egg whites, eggs, tempeh, and turkey. I guess I like me protein hah

  12. Favorite protein = eggs. Hands down. I also like grass fed beef, cheese, and greek yogurt.

  13. Wow, this protein bowl is absolutely beautiful! Not to mention, filled with many of my favorite ingredients! Tempeh, quinoa, sweet potato, hummus and tahini? Yes, please! If I make this, I'll be eating it for three days straight too. ;) It's *way* too hard for me to pick one single favorite source of protein, but a few of my favorites include eggs/egg whites, scallops, salmon, chicken, cottage cheese and ahi tuna. :-D As for a restaurant: I think I'd pick Chez Panisse in Berkeley (Alice Waters' restaurant). Everything I'd ever had there was absolutely amazing, and I love that almost all the food is organic and sourced locally.Happy weekend! xoxo <3

  14. Oh gosh that protein bowl sounds so good. All of those ingredients are in my list of favorite foods. Gotta try that!

  15. I love all kind of "bowls" and my favourite source of protein would have to be prawns/shrimp and salmon. Anything that can be assembled quickly is a winning recipe imo, but your bowl looks delicious! I guess I have to try tempeh now. :)

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