Seattle Sunshine Bowl
A bowl of goodness – quinoa, grilled chicken, white beans, chopped veggies, pumpkin
seeds, feta, and scallions, all topped with a yellow Sunshine Sauce. Please welcome guest post and my dear friend, Heather K Jones.
Hey there, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a registered dietitian, a nutrition consultant for Skinnytaste, and the founder of Smaller Size Bigger Life, an online coaching program for women who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, or body image issues.
I’m so excited to guest post on Skinnytaste today (thank you, Gina!), because I’m sharing a recipe from the streets of Seattle… literally!
My two sisters and I live in the Seattle neighborhood of Queen Anne, and every Thursday we meet at the local Farmers Market. It’s the best place to get the freshest organic produce, as well as local meat, cheese, honey, flowers and more.
The market is also a Seattle street-food dream – tons of local food trucks and carts gather at the market each week, and it’s so much fun sampling all of the wonderful dishes. One of our favorite food carts, I Love My GFF (Gluten-Free Food), also happens to be the healthiest.
Their signature Sunshine Bowl is a delicious (and nutritious!) mix of quinoa, grilled chicken, white beans, chopped veggies, pumpkin seeds, feta, and scallions, all topped with a yellow Sunshine Sauce.
The secret to this bowl is definitely in the sauce—a yummy combo of almonds, lemon, honey, and basil. It took my sister Lori (she’s a wiz in the kitchen) and I a while to re-create the Sunshine Sauce at home, but after a few tries I think we finally nailed it. I hope you enjoy this Sunshine Bowl as much as we do!
Seattle Sunshine Bowl
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 bowl, 3 tbsp sauce • Points+: 10 • Smart Points: 9
Calories: 401 • Fat: 15 g • Carb: 35 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 34 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 482 mg • Cholest: 82 mg
For the bowl:
- 1 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 cups diced grilled chicken breast
- 1 1/3 cup finely chopped broccoli heads
- 1 1/3 cup finely diced red peppers
- 1 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup cannellini beans
- ¼ cup hulled pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
For the sauce:
- ½ cup whole raw almonds
- 2 cups water, divided
- Juice from 3 lemons
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 10 basil leaves
(Note: This makes a lot more sauce than you need for 4 bowls. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days—you can use the extra as a salad dressing or as a sauce for any cooked meat, poultry, or fish.)
For sauce: Soak almonds in 1 cup of water for 2 hours. Drain and discard water. In a blender or Vitamix, combine almonds, 1 cup (fresh) water, lemon juice, garlic, honey, turmeric, salt and basil and blend until completely smooth. Put the sauce in a squeeze bottle. (Note: you will only use ½ the sauce.)
Assembly: Put the sauce in a squeeze bottle. In 4 bowls, evenly distribute the quinoa, chicken, veggies (broccoli, peppers and carrots), and beans. In between layers, squeeze in 2 tablespoons of sauce. Top each with 1 tbsp each pumpkin seeds, green onions, feta and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon of sauce. (Each bowl gets about 3 tablespoons of sauce.) Refrigerate extra sauce for up to 5 days—it’s great as a salad dressing or drizzled over meat, poultry or fish.