This paleo meal prep recipe for Za’atar Chicken Bowls with Tomato and Cucumber Raita makes a paleo dinner that’s packed with flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits! It’s easy to make and so delicious!
Paleo Meal Prep Power Bowls
I have some amazingly talented blogging friends and I am SO excited to introduce one of them to you.
Julia Mueller is the genius behind the healthy recipes website, The Roasted Root. Some of you may already be familiar with her because she reviewed the Baja Fish Taco Bowls recipe from MY cookbook on her site.
Her mission is to help her audience enjoy satisfying, flavorful meals while still taking care of themselves.
Julia’s new cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls: 100 Easy, Nutrient-Dense, Anti-Inflammatory Meals is filled with some of her favorite recipes for paleo meal prep power bowls!
In the book, she shares how to build a well-balanced meal tailored to specific diets and restrictions, whether it is AIP, low-FODMAP, Whole30, vegetarian, or vegan.
If you suffer from autoimmune disease or allergies, the book includes instructions for a thirty-day elimination diet. Ya’ll, the news gets even better, though! Those recipes are a perfect fit with my paleo-friendly, anti-inflammatory meal prep recipes and my anti-inflammatory meal plans.
Paleo Power Bowls also features one-pot, slow cooker, and thirty-minute meals—including sides, condiments, and desserts. They’re so quick and easy to make, they can be assembled any night of the week to make your meal planning easier.
Ya’ll really NEED to pick up a copy of the Paleo Power Bowls cookbook! I really appreciated how she introduced this book. With her story and what foods helped to heal her! It’s not a one size fits all diet. It’s about making meals tailored to your nutritional needs. It’s about educating you on FOOD that heals WHAT foods and how. AMEN AMEN! Thank you so so much Julia.
Now let’s dig into her delicious paleo meal prep recipe. You are going to LOVE this one!
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Za’atar Chicken with Tomato and Cucumber Raita
In case you aren’t familiar with za’atar seasoning, it’s a Middle Eastern spice blend that is perfect for seasoning everything from veggies to meats, fish and seafood, bread, dips, soups, and SO much more!
The dried spices commonly found in za’atar are thyme, cumin, sumac, sesame seeds, coriander, and salt. Sometimes oregano or marjoram are substituted for thyme, and if sumac is difficult to find, lemon zest is a great substitute. Za’atar is savory and earthy and it smells amazing!
The other delicious and healthy component of the za’atar chicken bowls is the kefir-based tomato and cucumber raita.
What is Raita?
I think of raita as the Indian cuisine’s version of Greek Tzatziki sauce. It’s a cool and creamy condiment that helps to tone down the spicy flavors of some Indian dishes. Traditional cucumber raita is made with Dahi, a curd, similar to yogurt, but not as thick. The consistency is more like curdled milk.
For this tomato and cucumber raita, we’re using kefir, which is super high in nutrients and probiotics. It’s good for your gut and digestive health.
So really, your stomach will thank you for eating a Za’atar Chicken Bowl with Tomato and Cucumber Raita!
Paleo Meal Prep Recipe Tips
To save time in making the Za’atar Chicken Bowls, you can:
- Prepare the za’atar chicken up to 3 days ahead.
- The same applies to the kefir cucumber raita; make it up to 3 days before you plan to serve the dinner.
- You can cook the rice up to 5 days ahead of time.
- If you can’t find kefir: replace kefir with regular Greek yogurt.
- If you are intolerant to dairy, replace kefir with coconut milk yogurt (make sure that there is no added sugar).
This paleo meal prep recipe is adapted (with permission) from the Paleo Power Bowls CookbookPrint
Alright my friends, I’m out for the rest of week. Visiting family and trying to rest. Ack, did I just say that? Rest? Yes, I need it. Like 100%. But don’t worry, I’ll still be popping in later this week with an updated recipe I think you’ll LOVE!
In the meantime, chime in. We’re working on more paleo/dairy free meal prep meal plans. We’d would love to know your favorite recipes you’d like to see made paleo and/or made easy to prep.
That being said, this cookbook is full of ideas! Hint Hint. 🙂
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