Meal prep bowls are a great way to get dinner ready in a snap!
Trying to get back to healthy-eating after the holidays is always a challenge for us. January is kind of dreary and cold and comfort food always seems in order for dinner. These meal-prep bowls are the perfect meal to help us get back on track. They were warm, filling, and comforting, but full of goodness and good-for-you nutrients thanks to the sweet potatoes.
This recipe makes a great family meal or about 6 good-size portions to stock your fridge with healthy lunches for the week if you’re looking for a meal-prep type recipe. We have also made these with chicken and they are equally as great, so feel free to substitute your protein of choice here! One more substitution possibility if you’re looking for lower carbs is to sub out half of the rice with steamed or roasted broccoli. These types of bowls are really so versatile and easy to adapt to your tastes. My hubby is not a huge fan of bbq sauce so he topped his with green salsa and a dollop of sour cream and it is great that way, too.
Here’s to good food and good health in the new year! xo
Pork & Sweet Potato Meal Prep Bowls
- 3-4 cups hot cooked rice (brown or white--cook in chicken broth for added flavor)
- 2 cups diced or shredded cooked pork (chicken or another protein works great here too!)
- BBQ sauce we like Sweet Baby Ray’s
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the sweet potatoes:
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¾ tablespoon kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon cumin
- ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place two rimmed baking sheets in the oven while it preheats and while you prepare the potatoes (about 10 minutes).
Place the diced sweet potatoes in a ziploc bag or bowl. Toss the potatoes with the oil. Add the seasonings andmix until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Carefully remove the hot baking sheets from the oven and divide the potatoes evenly among the two sheets, taking care the potatoes are not touching so they have plenty of room for the air circulate to circulate and bake evenly. Bake the potatoes for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, if desired, until they are tender and well-browned.
To assemble bowls, layer cooked rice, sweet potatoes, top with shredded/diced pork, and drizzle with BBQ sauce. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Cooking Method from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
We loved this both as a family dinner and as a meal prep recipe. It makes 4-6 servings depending on how large you want them. It will keep great in individual containers in the refrigerator for up to a week. When making ahead for meal prep, leave the bbq sauce off and top with bbq sauce after reheating.
We’ve also made this with cooked chicken with great results. Adding steamed or roasted broccoli is another delicious addition!
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