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Mother Earth Bowl

Sometimes you really just want something nourishing to eat for dinner.

Not just nourishing for the body, but for the soul.

That’s how I felt last weekend when I went to meal prep for the week. I needed something delicious, filling, and healthy.

Something like what I had gotten at the opening of Flower Child in OKC a few weeks before.

Flower Child is a chain of restaurants mainly found in Arizona and Dallas, and they finally opened up shop in OKC in August. When I had to run to the station one night to work, I ordered takeout from the store and got a Mother Earth bowl. It was incredible! I decided right then and there to recreate it at home.

The Mother Earth bowl is pretty sophisticated with many steps, but I think I brought it back down to Earth (no pun intended) by making it at home. I didn’t have the ingredients to make the red pepper sauce, so I just stuck with the vegan broccoli pesto and seasonings to spice it up.

This bowl powered me through the entire week. I was shocked at how close it was to the original! It’s not the easiest recipe to make, and it takes a lot of dishes, but it’s a good one to meal prep and have throughout the week.

I simplified this recipe even more by using pre-cooked, pre-packaged bags of quinoa & brown rice. Seeds of Change makes a delicious garlic version that I love to meal prep with and I highly recommend it. Other than that, everything is made from scratch!

You can eat this bowl with or without protein. I was going to cook up some chicken breasts for it, but I had a package of chicken-apple sausage in the fridge I needed to use. This bowl is also good just by itself, or with poached eggs.

Enjoy!

Mother Earth Bowl

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A healthy, nourishing copycat version of Flower Child's Mother Earth bowl.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked (I boiled mine)
  • 2 large portobello mushroom caps, sliced into strips and grilled until well cooked
  • 2 packages pre-cooked quinoa and brown rice mix
  • Cooked chicken or chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 TBS. hemp seeds

For the cucumber relish:

  • 1-2 large cucumbers, diced
  • 2 TBS. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 TBS. fresh mint, chopped
  • Salt, to taste

For the broccoli pesto:

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBS. fresh mint, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBS. water, as needed

Directions

  1. Make the cucumber relish: in a small bowl, stir together cucumbers, vinegar, oil, sesame seeds, fresh mint and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Make the broccoli pesto: place broccoli, kale, pistachios, spinach and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Add in mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse again. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and water until pesto reaches a thick but spreadable consistency.
  3. Make the bowl: start with a bed of quinoa-rice, add chicken, sliced avocados, cooked mushrooms, and half a sweet potato. Add cucumber relish and pesto on top. Sprinkle hemp seeds over everything and serve.

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