I’ve been on a serious power-lunch bowl kick. They’re so easy to make ahead, and they’re packed with a variety of flavors and textures. I’ve been switching it up just about every week, but this was one of my favorites.
First, we have those crispy curried chickpeas from last week. Those are key for flavor, crunch, and protein. Then we have roasted broccoli. Raw broccoli is a no-go for me, but when it’s roasted up until it has some golden brown florets? yum.
The chickpeas and broccoli go beside coconut cilantro cauliflower rice. For those wary of the cauliflower-as-rice thing, I readily admit that on its own, I don’t love cauliflower rice. I wouldn’t sit down with plain cauliflower rice and confuse it with the real thing. But when it’s mixed with tasty ingredients and covered in a sauce? Then it works really well (see exhibits A and B).
Speaking of sauce, here I used the peanut butter sriracha sauce, from example “A” above. It’s easy, sweet, salty, and spicy. So many of my favorite food descriptors in one drizzle.
It may seem that this recipe has a lot of components, but if your oven space and baking sheet collection allow, you can roast the chickpeas and broccoli at the same time. The sauce simmers for 5 minutes, and the rice cooks for about 10 minutes. For your effort, you’re rewarded with 4 substantial and seriously healthy lunch servings.
The flavor combination in this bowl is really fun – spicy, sweet, nutty. The textures also keep it interesting, with the golden and slightly crispy broccoli florets, the crispy chickpeas, the cauliflower rice, and that smooth drizzle. So much going on, and all of it SO GOOD.
Since I’m big on lunch bowls lately, tell me – what are your favorites? Links encouraged – I’m always looking for new ideas!
A healthy lunch bowl packed with good-for-you things - roasted broccoli, crispy chickpeas, and coconut cauliflower rice!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
I shred the cauliflower in my food processor and that works really well. I assume a box grater would work, but haven't tried it myself.