Fall Power Bowls are loaded with roasted maple sweet potatoes, granny smith apples, peanuts, feta, spinach and a quinoa and rice mixture and topped with a maple Dijon dressing!
I’ve been super into the power bowl idea or at least the whole “throw a bunch of foods into a bowl together with an awesome dressing and call it a meal” idea. I wanted to make an ultimate fall power bowl and loaded it with delicious fall-inspired foods like roasted maple sweet potatoes, granny smith apples, spinach and peanuts. So easy and so delicious!
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Fall power bowls are awesome for meal prep lunches. You could prep a few days of these and just take them out and eat cold or heat them up in the microwave for a super quick lunch. I kept these power bowls vegetarian but feel free to add some grilled chicken to them. Also, I think that roasted broccoli would be an awesome addition as well.
Fall Power Bowls Ingredients
–Spinach– you have to have that power in the power bowl! Spinach is loaded with nutrients and makes a great addition to these bowls.
–Whole-grains– Choose either brown rice, quinoa or any other whole grain. I bought an already cooked blend of brown rice and quinoa to save time.
–Peanuts– this recipe is loaded with peanuts! Peanuts in the grain mixture and peanuts on top! Peanuts deliver 19 vitamins and minerals plus healthy fats, flavor and crunch.
–Maple roasted sweet potatoes– Sweet potatoes scream fall and these are too delicious!
–Granny smith apples– you can use any kind of apple you want but I thought the green skin on the granny smith’s plus the tart flavor would be delicious.
–Red onion– for crunch and flavor!
–Feta cheese– blue cheese would be great too!
–Maple dijon dressing– This yummy dressing just screams fall! Loaded with maple syrup, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, garlic, black pepper and olive oil.
Why use peanuts in Fall Power Bowls?
This one is easy! I love peanuts and peanut butter because they taste so delicious and they are nutritious. I just learned that there is new research that shows that consuming peanuts and peanut butter may provide cognitive benefits and can reduce stress in young adults. Peanuts have polyphenols which seem to help with memory, executive function and processing speed. Results of the study showed reduced cortisol, anxiety and depressive levels in college students. This is amazing news!
Peanuts also have resveratrol, niacin, vitamin E and coumaric acids which can help with cognition and mental health. While this study focused on college students, previous studies have focused on the benefits of peanuts and peanut butter for seniors. A new 2021 study published in the Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease found that adults ages 60-80 who did not eat peanut products regularly were 30-50% more likely to do poorly on tests measuring memory and learning compared to those who did.
To summarize: eat your peanuts and peanut butter!! I was going to either way so I’m glad they’re good for you too.
Fall Power Bowls
Fall Power Bowls
- 6 cups baby spinach
- 3 cups cooked grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large sweet potatoes, diced in small pieces
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 large granny smith apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/3 cup roasted peanuts- to top
- Maple Dijon Dressing
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a sheet pan, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes and flip. Cook for another 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through and slightly crispy. Toss with onion powder and maple syrup.
- Meanwhile, cook grains according to directions. To save time, I recommend buying the grains pre-cooked so you just have to heat them in the microwave. Mix grain mixture with 1/2 cup roasted peanuts.
- Whisk together all of the ingredients for the maple Dijon dressing.
- In bowls, layer baby spinach, grain mixture, apples, onion, feta and peanuts and top with maple dijon dressing.
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