Power Grain Bowl

By: Erica Payne

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 20-25 Minutes

This bowl has the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors! I was inspired to make this by my go-to grain bowl from my favorite health food spot at my alma mater, Elon University. Their bowl base is kale – which I didn’t have at the time I made it – but it would make a great addition to this. I made my own pickled red onions and will link the recipe in the ingredient list. They add the perfect tangy bite to this bowl!  I topped this bowl with Trader Joe’s organic fig balsamic dressing, which has quickly become my new favorite dressing. This dish is also super easy to meal prep on a Sunday so you’re set for lunch that week! I absolutely love cooking with brussel sprouts because they’re low calorie but packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals (Link, 2017). You can use brown rice as the base for this bowl as well but I prefer the taste of quinoa – plus, it contains all nine amino acids making it a complete protein source (Bjarnadottir, 2019).


  • 1 pack of pre-cooked quinoa
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 5 brussel sprouts
  • Pickled red onions (this is the recipe I used: https://www.loveandlemons.com/pickled-red-onions/)
  • 1 tablespoon of Trader Joe’s organic fig balsamic dressing (or any balsamic dressing you like)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • S & P
  • Red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Rinse and halve the brussel sprouts. Throw them in an oven safe pan and coat in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with S & P and red pepper flakes. Bake for 15 minutes or until crispy.
  3. Rinse a handful of cherry tomatoes. Place them into a sauce pan coated in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with S & P and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally.
  4. Microwave quinoa bag according to package directions. 
  5. After the brussels and tomatoes are finished cooking, put together your bowl! Top with 1 tablespoon of fig balsamic dressing and finish with a sprinkle of S & P.

Reference List:

Bjarnadottir, A. (2019, May 16). Quinoa 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/quinoa

Link, R. (2017, September 08). 10 Ways Brussels Sprouts Benefit Your Health. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-brussels-sprouts

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