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March 16, 2016
Go Green: Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Go Green: Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Our Avocado Sour Cream and Chicken Bowl offers a break from the traditional corned beef and cabbage while including nutritious green ingredients. Besides the fact that it’s delicious and satisfying, this bowl recipe is thrifty because it breathes new life into leftovers.

You don’t have to follow this recipe to the letter.  It’s fun to customize each bowl using the ingredients you have on hand.  Substitute any whole grain or vegetable to top with the avocado sour cream sauce. 

Avocado Sour Cream and Chicken Bowl 

Makes 4 servings

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients

2 cups cooked quinoa, brown rice, freekeh or other whole grain

16 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped

4 cups cooked broccoli florets

40 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and chopped into 2-inch pieces

1/2 cup Hood Light Sour Cream

3/4 tsp. salt

juice of 2 limes

pinch chili powder, or more, if desired

Directions

Divide quinoa, chicken, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes evelyn among four bowls.

Place avocado, sour cream, salt, lime juice, and chili powder in a blender or food processor. Blend for about 45 seconds or until smooth. Top each bowl with equal amounts of the avocado mixture. 

Here are some of my other favorite “green” recipes:

Spinach Stuffed Shells:This dish goes together in minutes for an easy weeknight supper that’s packed with bone-building calcium and vegetables, too. 

Creamy Cheddar Broccoli Soup:What’s better than a warm bowl of soup on a cool March day? It’s green(ish), and good for you, too! 

Spinach-Banana Smoothie:It’s green, but you don’t have to tell the kids how it got that way! Banana is the perfect foil for the spinach. 

 

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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