Customizable Power Bowl Recipe Template

by | Jan 4, 2020

This customizable power bowl is filled with delicious, healthy ingredients like grains, veggies, and lean protein to provide long-lasting energy throughout the day. Mix up this recipe template for different dishes to meal prep all week long. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, too!

This customizable power bowl is filled with delicious, healthy ingredients like grains, veggies, and lean protein to provide long-lasting energy throughout the day. Perfect for meal prep! #powerbowl  #mealprep #customize #CheerfulChoices

What is a power bowl?

A power bowl is basically a bowl filled with a great balance of different healthy ingredients, which can satisfy and power us through the day. They are also commonly called “grain bowls” or “nourish bowls”. 

How do I make a power bowl?

A power bowl is similar to MyPlate because it includes a balance of healthy carbohydrates, lean protein, and vegetables. I love power bowls because you can totally customize it to fit your favorite foods or dietary preferences. 

1. First, add some healthy carbs.

Carbohydrates get a bad rap but they are actually very important for us. There’s no need to cut them out from our diet. It’s just about choosing the right kinds of carbohydrates.

For this bowl, healthy carbohydrates to use would be whole grains or starchy vegetables. These kinds of carbs provide us with a lot of great vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. Fiber helps aid our digestion, control blood glucose, and keeps us fuller longer. 

Try mixing it up with different kinds of carbs such as quinoa, brown rice, farro, barley, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, squash or corn. In general, 1/2 cup of carbohydrates counts as one serving. However, if you are wanting something more filling you might considering using 1 cup of carbohydrates.

Chicken broccoli and rice bowl

2. Then, add some protein in the mix.

Protein is important because it keeps our muscles strong and helps satisfy us. The general recommendation is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is about 46 grams a day for women or 56 grams a day for men. However, this number can be super different from person to person. It’s best to see a registered dietitian for your specific protein needs.

Focus on lean protein like chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, chickpeas, edamame, tofu, tempeh, lentils, or beans. A serving of protein would be about 4 ounces or about ½ cup.

Taco power bowl

3. Next, pile on some colorful vegetables.

The goal is to get at least 3 servings of vegetables/day. One serving is typically about 1 cup, but the more vegetables the better! This recipe includes 1-2 servings of vegetables, helping you work towards this goal in just one meal.

You can use just one vegetable or multiple different ones. Use up whatever produce you have on hand or shop seasonal produce.

Drizzling dressing over power bowl

4. Last but not least, add toppings and sauce. 

For the toppings, I like to use about ¼ cup of flavorful ingredients like avocado slices, nuts, or cheese. 

You could also pile on fresh herbs, hummus, kimchi, lemon slices, green onions, sesame seeds, or anything else you like.

This recipe includes three simple sauces I’ve created to choose from. Feel free to use any of your favorite sauces or salad dressings too.

This power bowl is perfect for meal prep.

Eating healthy is a common New Year’s resolution, so healthy meal prep is very important. I think the key to meal prep is mixing it up and planning it out.

  • Mix up your typical meal prep routine so you don’t get sick of the same meals.
  • Plan out your meals in advance so they are ready to go the day before.

Depending on what you use, this bowl can be stored up to 3-4 days in the fridge, making it a perfect meal prep dish.

How many does this power bowl serve?

This recipe makes enough for one bowl. The sauces also make enough for one serving to drizzle on top. If you want to make multiple bowls, simply multiply the recipe. What are your favorite ingredients to use for this customizable power bowl? I would love to see your creations.

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Customizable Power Bowl Recipe Template + 3 Sauces

Customizable Power Bowl Recipe Template + 3 Sauces

Yield: 1 bowl

This customizable power bowl is filled with delicious, healthy ingredients like grains, veggies, and lean protein to provide long-lasting energy throughout the day. Mix up this recipe template for different dishes to meal prep all week long.


Bowl Ingredients:

  • ½ cup healthy carbohydrate, (cooked brown rice, quinoa, farro, barley, roasted sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, corn, squash)
  • 4 ounces or ½ cup protein, (cooked chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, chickpeas, edamame, tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans)
  • 1-2 cups of vegetables, (chopped romaine, broccoli, carrots, kale, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, onions)
  • ¼ cup toppings, (avocado slides, chopped nuts or seeds, shredded cheese, kimchi, fresh herbs)
  • 2 tablespoons sauce, (lite salad dressing, guacamole, hummus, salsa, or homemade sauce recipe below)

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

Creamy Lime Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, about ½ small lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest, from about ½ small lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  1. Place your power bowl ingredients into a bowl or meal prep container. Top with toppings and sauce of choice.
  2. To make the sauces, simply combine ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar and stir to combine. (All sauces make enough for one bowl.)
  3. You can store power bowl in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


Some of my favorite bowl combinations include:

  • Sweet potatoes + salmon + roasted broccoli + avocado + peanut sauce
  • Brown rice + chicken + roasted broccoli + sliced almonds + balsamic vinaigrette
  • Corn + black beans + tomatoes +  leafy greens + avocado + creamy lime sauce

Recommended Products

These are a few of my favorite products I like to use in these power bowls. Please note these are affiliate links. I only link to items I love and recommend!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 9gSugar: 3gProtein: 42g

This is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition may vary depending on ingredients used. This nutrition information does not include any sauces. For more nutrition information, seek a professional registered dietitian's advice.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Hi just curious
    is it 1/2 cup of cooked carbs or dried then? thank you

    • Mackenzie Burgess

      Hi there!

      This would be 1/2 cup cooked as this is the general recommended serving for carbohydrates like rice, other grains, sweet potatoes, etc. However, this is just a recommendation and you can certainly choose to have more cooked carbohydrates if you’d like! Carbohydrates are an important nutrient for providing us with energy along with other vitamins and minerals.


  2. Bay

    Is there any other spice/herb/flavoring I could use in the lime sauce? I do not care for cumin.

    • Mackenzie Burgess

      Hi there, thanks for the comment! I would recommending swapping the cumin for ground coriander or taco seasoning!

  3. Maria

    How would I season the chicken?

    • Mackenzie Burgess

      I typically like to keep my chicken pretty simple by seasoning with salt and pepper before grilling or baking. However, you could also season it with different spice blends like lemon pepper or taco seasoning depending on what type of power bowl you are craving!



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