So earlier this week I tried to ruin your New Year’s resolution. Terribly sorry but c’mon, enchiladas! To make it up, I have something that might help right that wrong.
I present to you, Amanda’s kick-ass protein bowl deluxe 2000! This is my go-to “oh my god what have I been doing for the past month” meal that won’t leave you hungry afterwards. Last semester I was ridiculously busy, I just had no time to work out. In combination with starting barre classes again for a physical revolution, it’s only fitting that there’s a meal to go along with it for a nutritional revolution.
There is so much protein in this bowl, from the spinach, the black beans, and everyone’s favorite miracle grain, quinoa, which I think is why it fills that hole in your stomach. And most ingredients can be made ahead for ease of assembly, all you have to do in the moment is steam the spinach.
So if you’re in need of a post-holiday detox, this meal might just do the trick.
amanda’s kick-ass protein bowl deluxe 2000
- quinoa, made in a rice cooker
- pico de gallo
- dried black beans
- small can of diced hot hatch peppers
- baby spinach
- half an avocado, cubed
- tsp of creole seasoning
slow cooker black beans
-soak dried black beans overnight in a slow cooker covered in 2″ of water. The next day, cook the black beans on low for 8 hours, careful not to let the water line dip below the black beans. With 2 hours left, add the hatch peppers
-put a cup of quinoa, a cup of black beans, and half a cup of pico de gallo into a bowl.
-steam baby spinach in ½” of water and a vegetable steamer in a sauce pan with the creole seasoning until just wilted
-add the spinach and avocado to the bowl. Boom. Done. Amanda’s kick-ass protein bowl deluxe 2000 complete!