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Let’s talk whole grains and roasted vegetables and proteins and legumes. They.are.delicious.
I made a vegetarian power bowl that’s both inspired by my Latin heritage and filling for this season of Lent when we are refraining from eating as much meat. Mark every Friday from here to Easter as your POWER BOWL day. Come follow along with me. We are going to go on a journey.
The star of the show are the MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Steak Strips  (I purchased from Walmart and also have the Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™ which will work just as well). You know how you want some meat, but you can’t or perhaps are being more mindful of what you eat, and so you go for a vegetable-based product, hoping it’s amazing? These are like that except add “widely exceeds expectations” to the list. Along with low cost, a quick preparation and definitely the best veggie cuisine  I’ve ever tried.
The base of the power bowl is brown rice, naturally. It’s what power bowls are made of. Seasoned with lime and cilantro = me 💃🏻
Next up: my Cuban black beans. The flavors are tremendous: cumin, jalapeño, onion, garlic, white vinegar, olive oil, bay leaf. My ideal way to cook them is with uncooked beans and cook low and slow for several hours, but since I’m here talking to you about a meal that doesn’t take that long to prepare, use canned black beans! (Just make sure you give them a good rinse.)
Top all of this with some roasted vegetables! My favorites to go with this bowl are potatoes and broccoli, but you can use absolutely anything you want. I’ve made this bowl with just root vegetables like yams, sweet potatoes, turnips, etc.
It’s a use what’s in your fridge, use what’s in your pantry, use what doesn’t take a lot of prep time type of power bowl. And you can feel good about all of these things. You can also feel good about the aioli drizzled on top!
Do you have any go-to meals for the season of Lent? Let me know in the comments!
URLs in this post:
 MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Steak Strips: http://cbi.as/7d5bj
 Print Recipe: http://thefoodiepatootie.com/latin-inspired-vegetarian-power-bowl/print/