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This is my interpretation of a Breakfast Power Bowl. Meals in a bowl are still popular so restaurants keep improvising and creating to give people what they want. These bowls are called a Buddha Bowl, Glory Bowl, Hippie Bowl or Power Bowl. The most recent one I had in a restaurant was served on a plate so even the use of a bowl is up for interpretation.

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What Is A Buddha Bowl and What Is Power Food?

Now surely a Power Bowl should include power foods; things like healthy greens, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and healthy grains? According to the author of Buddha’s Diet , the original Buddha Bowl likely has a literal origin. As the story goes early each morning Buddha would walk the roads and paths wherever he was. Locals placed any food they had to share in his bowl and at the end of the day this is what the Buddha ate. There are no rules for a modern interpretation of these bowls so I wanted to put some breakfast favourites and several healthy choices in my Power Bowl. During a quick search I found this list of the top 16 superfoods according to Healthline.com.

  1. Dark leafy greens
  2. Berries
  3. Green tea
  4. Eggs
  5. Legumes
  6. Nuts and seeds
  7. Kefir and yogurt
  8. Garlic
  9. Olive oil
  10. Ginger
  11. Turmeric
  12. Salmon
  13. Avocado
  14. Sweet potato
  15. Mushrooms
  16. Seaweed

My interpretation of a Breakfast Power Bowl includes five of these superfoods plus quinoa and bacon. The quinoa is my pick because I’m sure it’s a power food. The bacon is my husbands’ pick because it’s a breakfast bowl. The hollandaise sauce is an optional garnish that interested my son since it was served on every order that came to our table at the recent breakfast we had together.

In this second photo I served almost the same ingredients on a plate. I switched the sweet potatoes for regular potato wedges but kept everything else the same.

Breakfast Power Bowl sans bowl
Breakfast Power Bowl sans bowl -photo credit Jim Little

Quick and Easy Power Bowls

Some sources refer to power bowls as quick and easy. I call a piece of fruit and yogurt quick and easy. Grabbing a jar of overnight oats is quick and easy. My Breakfast Power Bowl is more of a leisurely weekend meal. Roasting potatoes for twenty-five minutes is not a quick breakfast. And when I take the time to create a beautiful bowl (or plate) I want to leisurely enjoy it.

In your kitchen that’s all up to you. Create your own favourite Breakfast Power Bowl with or without hollandaise sauce. Let me know in the comments below what ingredient you think is mandatory for a breakfast bowl.


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Ingredients

POWER BOWL
2 cups cubed sweet potato
olive oil
salt and pepper
½ cup quinoa, cooked
4 slices bacon, diced and cooked
½ bunch spinach (fresh or wilted)
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 eggs
¼ cup chopped cilantro
BLENDER HOLLANDAISE SAUCE
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
½ cup butter, melted and warm

Directions

1
PRE-BREAKFAST PREP -potatoes, quinoa and bacon can be done the night before.
2
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss sweet potato cubes with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes.
3
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside.
4
Fry bacon until crispy, drain on paper towel. Toss into quinoa.
5
Add raw spinach or briefly cook it to wilt in the pan with bacon grease or the microwave with a bit of water. Set aside.
6
BLENDER HOLLANDAISE SAUCE
7
Combine yolks, lemon juice and salt in blender.
8
Slowly drizzle in melted butter with blender running. Together the blender and the hot butter cook the egg making a silky, smooth hollandaise sauce. Use as soon as possible.
9
The hollandaise can be kept for an hour. Keep covered in a warm spot near the stove.
10
ASSEMBLE POWER BOWLS
11
Arrange all ingredients any way you like in a bowl or on a plate.
12
Cook eggs to your liking and place in center of each bowl.
13
Drizzle with hollandaise, sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Makes 4 large bowls.

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