Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl

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Plant Based Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl for the 17 Day Kickstart Diet

If you’re looking to add more plant-based meals into your lunch or dinner rotation, even when you’re looking to lose weight, this Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl is a perfect balance of plant powered fiber and protein to keep you fuller longer.

This recipe comes straight out of my A Simple 17 Day Kickstart Diet Meal Plan.

This meal plan uses a combo of plant-based, fish and some meats such as poultry, beef and pork that take you through Dr. Moreno’s brand new 17 Day Kickstart Diet (this is a new diet based on the original).

Vegetarian Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl for the 17 Day Diet and 17 Day Kickstart Diet

If you’re on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet or starting it for the first time, this particular recipe is perfect for all phases. 

If you happen to be on the 17 Day Diet, you can use this starting on Cycle 2 (before 2pm).

Keep reading as I’ll let you know what changes need to be made if you want to have this recipe on Cycle 1.

This plant based power bowl is a perfect dinner for your weight loss if you're on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet

Ingredients for the Plant Based Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl

By the title of the recipe, it might seem obvious what the ingredients are in this power bowl. Here they are:

  • Chickpeas
  • Cauliflower
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Quinoa
  • Vegetable broth (or water)
  • Parsley

There is a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing and you’ll find all the ingredients in the recipe card below!

The main plant based ingredients for this power bowl include quinoa, cauliflower and chickpeas

Plant Based Alternative Ingredients

If you’re not a fan of certain ingredients, feel free to switch things up a bit. Here are a few ideas to get you started. You can either substitute or add to:

Legumes for Protein and Fiber

If you’d prefer a different legume than chickpeas, here are a few other plant-based alternatives:

  • Lentils
  • White Beans
  • Dried Peas

You can easily substitute your favorite legumes in this power bowl to give you added fiber and protein

Vegetables for Added Fiber

If you’re not a fan of cauliflower, or if you prefer to use other vegetables in addition to cauliflower, here are a few 17 Day Kickstart Diet approved low-starch vegetables available in all phases:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans

You can add to or substitute your favorite low carb vegetables for added fiber in this plant based power bowl

Plant-Based Complete Proteins

If you’re not a fan of quinoa, try these other plant-based complete proteins to use instead:

  • Buckwheat (starting on the 10-Day Stabilize Phase)
  • Tempeh
  • Hemp Seeds

Plant-based “complete proteins” are those foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. The foods listed above are a few examples of complete proteins that are plant-based.

Choose from a variety of plant based complete proteins if you're not a fan of quinoa in this power bowl

Animal Based Protein Sources for Power Bowl

If you’re not a fan of chickpeas or quinoa and want to add a few animal-based proteins to this recipe, here are a few ideas that are approved for all phases of the 17 Day Kickstart Diet:

  • Chicken
  • Fish low in mercury such as sardines, wild salmon, Atlantic Mackerel 

Animal Based Proteins for 10-Day Stabilize Phase

Here are a few more ideas for animal based proteins to use in this power bowl starting on day 10 of the Kickstart Diet:

  • Beef
  • Shellfish
  • Pork
  • Lamb

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed in each phase of the Kickstart Diet, make sure you take a peek at my very organized 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List for all the info you need to get started!

You can skip the plant based protein and use animal protein instead. Good options for this power bowl include chicken, beef and shellfish

17 Day Diet Power Bowl

If you’re on the original 17 Day Diet, you can use this Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power bowl starting on Cycle 2.

Since this recipe contains protein and fiber that contains higher starch, you’ll want to make sure you eat this before 2pm while on the 17 Day Diet.

The dressing includes honey, so to make this 100% compliant for the 17 Day Diet, make sure you use approved sweetener (Stevia) rather than honey.

If you want to make this more friendly for Cycle 1, then you’ll need to substitute a few ingredients. 

17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Friendly Power Bowl

If you want to have a power bowl cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, you’ll want to skip the chickpeas and quinoa.

Here are a few ways to make this more cycle 1 friendly:

  • Use chicken, turkey or fish as your main protein (to replace chickpeas and quinoa)
  • Add more fiber-rich vegetables for an added boost (broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, etc)

You’ll also want to exclude the honey in the dressing and use Stevia instead.

If you need a refresher of which foods are allowed on cycle 1, take a look at my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List for more of a complete food list. 

If you want to make this Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl approved for Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, then you can substitute your favorite lean protein such as chicken, turkey or salmon

Other Plant Based 17 Day Kickstart Diet Recipes

If you’re on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet and you’re looking for more plant-based recipes, make sure you take a look at my A Simple 17 Day Kickstart Diet Meal Plan or browse the following recipes:

If you happen to make this Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl, make sure you come back to rate the recipe card. If you’re on social media, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your power bowl creation!

Vegetarian Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl for the 17 Day Diet and 17 Day Kickstart Diet

Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Chickpea, Cauliflower & Quinoa Power Bowl is a perfect balance of fiber and plant based protein for the 17 Day Kickstart Diet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed well and patted dry
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3 cups)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
    3. Add the rinsed and dried chickpeas, cauliflower florets, bell pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil to the sheet pan. Season
      with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
    4. Roast chickpea and veggie mixture for 25 to 30 minutes tossing ingredients half way. Bake until chickpeas are browned and tender and vegetables are cooked through.
    5. While baking, make the quinoa.
    6. Thoroughly rinse quinoa before cooking. Add rinsed quinoa to a pot with vegetable broth (or water), add a bit of salt and pepper to season, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
    7. Once quinoa is finished cooking, remove from heat, keep covered and let it cool slightly.
    8. Meanwhile, make your dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Cover and set aside.
    9. To assemble bowls: Add a few tablespoons of balsamic dressing to
      quinoa to give it a boost in flavor (you can add more dressing to taste - the remainder is a drizzle over the top).
    10. Evenly divide cooked quinoa into four bowls. Top with chickpea and veggie mixture and drizzle with a bit of balsamic dressing.
    11. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Notes

Approved for:

17 Day Kickstart Diet - all phases

17 Day Diet - starting on Cycle 2 (use approved sweetener instead of honey). If you want to use for Cycle 1, omit the chickpeas and quinoa and use approved protein instead. Make sure you use approved sweetner instead of honey.

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