There is this really cute restaurant here in Boise called Wild Root Cafe. Every time I drive by it, it’s super packed…no matter the time of day. It’s definitely the place to be for brunch or lunch if you work or live in downtown Boise. They use a lot of locally sourced, all-natural, organic ingredients, and have amazing salads and vegetable-based dishes (to which, of course, you can add all sorts of delicious proteins if you eat meat: lamb, pork, chicken, egg, tofu, etc.). It is the perfect spot for when you’re feeling like something casual, with quick and great service, that serves healthy comfort food.
I am obsessed with one of their dishes in particular; their Power Bowl. It’s made of roasted beets, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, quinoa, greens, almonds and cider vinaigrette. (I have to ask they keep the almonds out, because I am highly sensitive to them.) It’s so good. I inhale it all in a matter of minutes. I love the ingredient combination and all of the beautiful colors it has; you’re literally “eating the rainbow”. Your nutritionist would be proud. Haha.
If you live in Boise, you’ve probably been to Wild Root Cafe a few times by now (because who hasn’t been there that lives in Boise?!), but if you don’t live in Boise and plan on visiting soon, I definitely recommend you check it out.
I wanted to re-create the Power Bowl at home, so that I could share it with all of you who have no plans of coming to Boise. And I did! A copycat version of Wild Root Cafe’s, if you will; all made by memory. It turned out DELISH! Almost as good as Wild Root’s; and I say “almost” because food always tastes better when someone else cooks it for you, doesn’t it?!
It is easy and affordable to make, and you’ll love how good it is for your body.
The Power Bowl at Wild Root Cafe also comes with quinoa, but I skipped that part to make it 100% Paleo and to avoid the extra carbs. But if you love quinoa, feel free to add it in! And also feel free to add in grilled chicken if you’re needing a little extra protein in your life.
This dish is Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo. I love how vibrant and comforting it is! Enjoy it, loves! XO
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
- 2 cups beets, peeled and cubed
- 1 cara cara orange, peeled and sliced
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or thyme (your preference), chopped
- 8 cups Trader Joe’s herb salad mix (or your choice of greens), lightly packed
- 8 tablespoons Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette
- 4 tablespoons roasted and salted cashews, chopped
- Prep ingredients ahead of time.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, arranging one rack in the middle and one rack at the bottom.
- Grease two 9 x 13 baking dishes and set aside.
- Place sweet potatoes and cauliflower in one baking dish, and Brussels sprouts and beets in another baking dish. Drizzle vegetables with melted coconut oil, and season vegetables with sea salt, black pepper and fresh herbs. Place baking dishes in different racks (one in the middle and one in the bottom) in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Use a spatula to move veggies around halfway.
- While veggies bake, divide herb salad mix into four salad bowls and drizzle 2 tablespoons of Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette on top. Use your hands to gently massage salad mix to ensure vinaigrette coats all leaves evenly. Set aside.
- Remove from oven and let veggies cool off slightly.
- Add desired amount of roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and beets to each salad bowl, decorate with sliced oranges and sprinkle some chopped cashews. Enjoy!