This Green Chili Power Bowl is one of my favorites. I've made Chile Verde a thousand times. It is so flavorful and comforting, I knew it would be the perfect base for a Meal Prep Bowl.
I really want to break this Power Bowl Thing down for you
We keep talking about Meal Prep Bowls and we've been getting questions about them. So I wanted to take you step-by-step through the creation process. I swear to you these are really easy.
Step 1: Make a fantastically delicious protein
For this bowl, we are using Chile Verde with Chicken. But you can also make this with pork. My Pork Verde recipe is here. After you make a batch of protein you can use this all week to meal prep. Beast Bowls are designed to allow you to get an allocated amount of protein, that fits your needs, in each tasty bowl.
Step 2: Make any 'extras'
Short on time – NO Problem – just buy prep-prepped stuff! No judgement here! We know you're busy! Make it as easy as possible.
Every beast bowl has a few of what we call 'extras.' 'Extras' are usually a slaw, a salsa, or a dressing of some sort. The 'EXTRA' in our Chili Verde Beast Bowl is guacamole. You can make a batch of guacamole or if this seems to hard, just substitute some fresh avocado. The goal is to get a healthy source of fat into your body.
Step 3: Build Your bowl
Each bowl is built on a bed of tasty greens and colorful vegetables. The important thing here is that you are getting two to four handfuls of vegetables in each bowl. It doesn't really matter what you pick. We make suggestions in our recipes as to what bowl basics we think will go the best, but feel free to use what you have. Most importantly use what you LIKE.
The concept of building a Power Bowl is simple.
Think of it as being made up of a few basic component parts:
Greens/Veggies (what we sometimes call 'fixins')
'Extras' (a slaw, salsa or dressing).
#1 - Start with your Greens
Here we have spinach and red leaf lettuce. While this doesn't represent many calories, these micro-nutrients count! Pick a few of your favorite greens and add a few large handfuls.
#2 - Add some Healthy Carbs
White rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate. If you workout like we do you definitely need some carbs in your life. Make sure you're fueling your muscles with the right amount of carbs. Everybody's needs are different. Expert nutritionists say that 120 g of carbs a day is a base line to keep hormones balanced and your metabolism running the way that it should. Feel free to adapt the carb serving. Or leave it out all together. Beast Bowls are completely customizable.
If you're a competitive athlete or an extra lean body composition is your goal. Carbs are the main way you can manipulate healthy insulin levels and energy balance. But for most of us – We just work out and we need an average amount of healthy carbs. Don't make it too complicated.
#3 - Add your Protein
Four to eight ounces of protein is a typical serving. You can also add more colorful veggies here if you'd like. We added some shredded cabbage. Think of all the things that you could add here. Be creative. The more color the better.
#4 - Add some 'Extras'
Most of our beast bowls have one 'extra' and a sauce or dressing. Here we have some guacamole. [We have a slew of 'extras' in our Beat Bowl line up. Feel free to mix and match them to your taste! Here's the full collection.]
#5 - Add some Fresh Herbs if you have them
The Result - one impressive bowl of Macro-Friendly Deliciousness!
Eating right by fueling your body with wholesome real food doesn't have to be boring. Head over and check out all of our Beast Bowls for more ideas!
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Green Chili Beast Bowl
- Add oil, garlic, onions and Anaheim chilis to a heavy bottomed pot. Sauté until tender and fragrant.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Make sure that there is enough liquid to cover the meat.
- Bring everything to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure that the liquid doesn't get too low.
- When the chicken is tender remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Pull chicken out of sauce and remove the bones.
- Chop chicken and return to pot.