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Plant Powered Balance Bowls

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x


Plant powered “balance bowls,” aka power bowls, buddha bowls, Macro Bowls, Quinoa Bowls, etc. are easy to make! A healthy plant based, gluten free, meal prep recipe.


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 15 oz cooked black beans (canned and drained or homemade cooked black beans)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion or shallot
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil or avocado oil (extra for drizzling on top)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 large carrot (spiralized or julienne cut)
  • 45 tbsp cultured kefir yogurt cheese or sour cream. See notes for vegan option.
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed


  1. Prepare quinoa and rice as instructed on package. You can use leftover rice or rice cooker for a quick version. If you need to know a stove top way to cook quinoa, I explain it in this recipe. 
  2. Once you have cooked rice and quinoa, mix them together in a large bowl. Add a pinch of sea salt and set aside.
  3. Next saute diced onions with oil in a sauce pan for 2 minutes. Add beans, garlic, cumin, and cook until fragrant. Add salt/pepper last.
  4. Using a spiralizer, spiralize or julienne cut carrot. This should make at least 2 cups of shavings/noodles.
  5. Spoon all the ingredients above into 3 bowls. Add a handful of cilantro to each along with with 1 -2 tsp flaxseeds each.
  6. Top each bowl with 2 tbsp kefir yogurt cheese or sour cream. Drizzle with extra olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.


  • For kefir yogurt cheese I use the Laban Brand.
  • These make great meal prep bowls.
  • For vegan option, you can use tofu or even non dairy plain yogurt instead of the kefir cheese. You could even try making your own vegan sour cream 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: main
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 303
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 364.5 mg
  • Fat: 7.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.1 g
  • Fiber: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 11.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.6 mg