A New Weekly Staple: Chicken Mango Superfood Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

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I love cooking and trying new healthy recipes. There’s always the hope that I’ll stumble across one that becomes a new staple in my weekly meal plan. Well I recently found one – the Chicken Mango Superfood Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing. It’s a creamy, flavourful blend of healthy ingredients that is so satisfyingly delicious.

I love recipes like this because it’s easy and versatile. As long as you stick to the main ingredients (the black beans and mango are non-negotiables for me) and the dressing, you can use whatever greens, raw veggies or whole grains that you like or have left in your fridge or pantry. It’s the perfect easy, healthy summer recipe. Enjoy!

Chicken Mango Superfood Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Serves 4
Adapted from ifoodreal.com

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa or long grain brown rice, uncooked
1 small can organic black beans, drain and rinse
4 cups kale or romaine lettuce, stalks removed, finely chopped
1 large ripe mango, peeled & diced
3-4 cups leftover chicken, diced or 6 barbecued chicken thighs
1 small avocado, pitted and sliced
1 cup cilantro, finely chopped (use some as garnish for bowl, and the rest for dressing)
1 cup unsalted roasted cashews, finely chopped
Cilantro Avocado Dressing (see recipe below)
1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce

Method

Cook quinoa or brown rice as per package instructions, and make Cilantro Avocado Dressing (this can be done ahead of time).

Chop kale, mango, avocado, cilantro and cashews. Drain and rinse beans. Chop leftover chicken or barbecue thighs.

Divide ingredients evenly among 4 bowls in this order:

  1. Quinoa or Rice
  2. Black Beans
  3. Kale or Romaine
  4. Mango
  5. Chicken
  6. Avocado
  7. Cilantro
  8. Cashews
  9. Drizzle with Cilantro Avocado Dressing
  10. Drizzle with Hot Sauce

Enjoy warm or cold.

Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted
½ – ¾ cup warm water (depends how thin/thick you like your dressing)
4 tbsp. cilantro, coarsely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. real maple syrup or raw honey
¾ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper, ground

Method

In a food processor or blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Add to a dish of choice right before serving.

Storage Instructions: Dressing doesn’t turn brown if kept refrigerated in a glass airtight container for up to a few days. Shake before use.

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett.

A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America.

The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in.

As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices.

I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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