Leafy Green Grain Bowl

Photos by: Valorie Darling

Photos by: Valorie Darling


  • 3 stalks kale
  • handful arugula 
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded (I used an organic one from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice (I used organic frozen brown rice from Vons)
  • Shaved parmesan, optional

Remove stalk from kale and chop.  Combine kale and arugula into a bowl and top with brown rice.  Add chicken, chopped dates, pine nuts and salt and pepper.  Top with go-to lemon dressing.


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  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1-2 tsp grade A maple syrup (2 makes it slightly sweet, 1 cuts the acid)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • ¼ Cup Olive oil, adjust to preferred consistency and flavor (I like it extra tangy so I start with less oil and add more from there.

Add all ingredients to a jar and shake.  If you want a little extra tang, chop or grate one garlic clove into mixture.  That is my fave to add over my paleo tuna salad or basically anything!

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This is such a simple bowl, yet so delicious and highly addicting.  It only takes about 10 minutes to make, including making the dressing.  I love throwing this together after a long day, it's easy, protein packed and fresh!  Pack this for lunch or make it for a quick weeknight supper!

Double Green Shake

  • 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 6 kale leaves (be sure to remove stalk)
  • 1 cup (handful) spinach
  • 1 scoop organic plant fusion plain protein powder (I prefer the natural flavor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp raw cashews
  • 3 dates pitted
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (any non-dairy milk works great here)

Add coconut milk to blender first, then add banana, ice cubes, dates, protein powder and remaining ingredients (trust me, this is the best order to get that creamy texture from your blender).  Once all ingredients are in the blender, let her rip.   Adjust milk to reach desired consistency.  If making this as a bowl, cut the milk in half.  Top your bowl with your favorite fruits, nut butters, granola, chia seeds, honey, maple, etc.  If using this as a smoothie bowl, omit the almond butter and use it on top as a drizzle.  Enjoy!

Have you ever tried avocados in your smoothies?  If you haven't, now is the time, it makes them sooo creamy and decadent you honestly feel like you're having a sweet treat rather than a protein smoothie!  This bad boy is seriously so good, hence why I call it a shake, it literally tastes like a milkshake!  It's loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients and lots of protein!

I love this shake when I have an early morning or have to eat breakfast on the go, or after a workout when I simply can't decide what I'm in the mood for and don't feel like cooking.

Adjust the ingredients to suit you, would love to know any additions you made and love!