roasted spaghetti squash Power Bowl

Speedy Power Bowl

Carol Harrison HalfYourPlate, Healthy Leftovers, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you!

Healthy eating is easier with some time saving tips like leaving out the dinner leftovers on the table adding a few more odd bits on hand and letting everyone get busy building their own power bowl for lunches the next day.

Whether you follow this recipe exactly (see below) or use it for inspiration, be sure to make half your bowl vegetables and fruit.

Up until recently, spaghetti squash was a new veggie for me. If that sounds familiar take a peak at this Spaghetti Squash 4 Ways video to help get you started enjoying this versatile veggie.



Speedy Power Bowl
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Dietitian's Tip: The half your plate message applies to a power bowl, soup, stir fry, curry and casserole. Load on the veggies and you'll be healthier for it!

*Kids Cook: I love the idea of putting school-age kids in charge of keeping the fridge stocked with homemade salad dressing.
Serves: 2
  1. Follow our 3 simple steps:
  2. (ingredients are in bold)

  3. Step One
  4. Make basil vinaigrette. In bowl or jar, mix together 2 tbsp canola oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, ½ tsp dried basil and pinch of salt and pepper. You can double or even triple this recipe to make more, if you wish.

  5. Step Two
  6. In a medium-size bowl, combine 2 cups of your favourite salad greens and some sliced cherry tomatoes, about 1 cup EACH shredded spaghetti squash and canned chickpeas (rinsed).

  7. Step Three
  8. Top with a few slices of avocado and dig in!
Lunch from leftovers
• Try this in a mason jar for a meal on the go. Start with basil vinaigrette on the bottom and layer up ingredients ending with salad greens. Give it all a good shake when you are ready to dig in.

*All “Kids Cook!” ideas are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they understand your rules for safely working in the kitchen. Always supervise kids in the kitchen and have fun!
You may also be interested in:
How can I help my child to eat healthier lunches?
Bulgogi-style Braised Beef with Skillet Baby Bok Choy (and how to use leftovers for lunches)
What can I do if my child likes to eat the same thing for lunch every day?
Easy Fried Rice (a great way to pack in extra veggies!)

Would love to hear from you!