Jamaican Jerk Chicken Bowl with Cashew Cream

 
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Bowl with Cashew Cream | Jennifer Diaz | How to make a bowl meal | Healthy Dinner | Butternut Squash bowl | Easy dinner options

When it comes to dinners during the work week, I'm all about easy and quick options. I also love variety. So anytime I come across an idea that is simple, new, and sounds delicious, I add it to the rotation of go-to options. 

I've never been very good at following through on a week's worth of meal plans. I envy those who are able to do so successfully, but I've learned to embrace a different approach. If you've been around here long, you know that I like to view goals more as experiments than actual truths. Goals are merely a method that will get us to our desired destination, and what works well for one individual may not work for another. Which is why I recommend being open to trying a few different strategies when it comes to creating healthy behaviors. So after some trial and error, I've found that I'm far more successful when I prep a few key and versatile ingredients, rather than trying to plan out an entire week's worth of meals. 

I'll typically pre-cook quinoa or brown rice, bake or grill chicken, and wash and chop veggies and fruit so that a lot of the time-consuming work is done. This allows me the ability to mix and match throughout the week, satisfying my need for variety and creativity in the kitchen. Healthy meals do not have to be boring!

This chicken and rice bowl is one of my favorite combinations. It's incredibly easy to throw together for a quick lunch or dinner and is super flavorful. I love having a mix of sweet and spicy, and the slight kick of the jerk seasoning is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the roasted pears and butternut squash. The leftover version of this meal maintains its deliciousness! I love making enough food for lunch the next day. It really makes meeting my nutritional needs the following day that much easier.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Bowl with Cashew Cream | Jennifer Diaz | How to make a bowl meal | Healthy Dinner | Butternut Squash bowl | Easy dinner options

You want to know what's life-changing for someone who loves condiments? Cashew cream. And though that may seem slightly dramatic, I'm very serious! It's the easiest thing to make, and it tastes incredible on a wide variety of foods. I've been making so many different flavors of it lately, and I have yet to find a version I dislike. 

This recipe's particular flavor is probably one of my favorites. I've used it in this bowl, as well as a substitution for creamy Alfredo sauce on pasta. Just be mindful that this whole batch of cashew cream equals about 1500 calories. So even though it's a healthier option, a little goes a long way!

Cheers to easy and healthy dinners!