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Turn Leftovers into a Meal Prep Masterpiece with Power Bowls

Elyse Kopecky dishes on how to construct a nutritious and filling power bowl with your leftovers.

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One of the biggest benefits of meal prepping is having key components of a healthy, delicious meal on-hand so you don’t have to cook something new for every meal of the week. Elyse Kopecky’s favorite thing to use her leftovers in? Power bowls. In the video below, she shows how she combines her pulled chicken and green goddess dressing to create a satisfying lunch.

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Part of the Mastering Meal Prep with Elyse Kopecky video series.

Read the transcript, below:


So it is noon here in bend Oregon. And I’ve been at my computer all morning, working on our new cookbook, and I am hungry. I’m going to show you how to build a simple bowl with whatever leftovers you have on hand.

So to start, I’ve got some leftover brown rice, and this is a great base for any bowl. You could use quinoa or other grains, short-grain brown rice is like my favorite go-to. I’m going to put on some of this great pulled chicken on top of the bowl, and you can literally just warm it all up before you put the sauce on. So I’ve got pulled chicken and black beans, and then I like to just simply warm it up on a lower power setting in the microwave, and then add my fresh dressing sauce. I’m going to add a little bit of the green goddess tahini sauce.

This type of sauce has fresh herbs in it. So you don’t want to microwave it. And you want to wait to add your sliced avocado or your salsa or your dressing until after you’ve warmed this up.

So we’re going to warm this up and then we’re going to add the sauce. So I’m going to drizzle that over top, and then we’re going to add a bunch of this fresh salsa, which is just cilantro, tomato, onion, jalapeño. It’s really fresh, it adds a lot of color freshness to the bowl. And lunch is served.