Okay, so there's this fried chicken chain restaurant that honestly I couldn't tell you the last time I ate at. They have these horribly amazing 'famous bowls' that I used to get back when I was younger and more naive when it came to food.
Fast-forward to today and I don't think that I could stomach sitting in that restaurants parking lot, much less eating anything that came out of it. Never mind that particular 'famous bowl' is nearly a whopping 800 calories and full of who-knows-what.
Even so, I decided to take on the task of re-creating that chicken bowl into one that I could eat and be proud of without feeling guilty.
To lighten this bowl up, one of the first things that I did was swap out the mashed potatoes on the bottom for my Cauliflower & Hominy Smash - which is one of my most favorite sides. I also added in more vegetables than just corn. Eat the rainbow, you know?
For the chicken, I was going to make my own Chicken Nuggets, but decided to go with some gluten-free all natural and organic frozen ones instead. Why? Mostly to save time with this dish. I wanted it to be something quick to toss together on a busy weeknight. The gluten-free part was merely because they were less in calories than the original non-gluten-free ones.
To top it all off I made my own super easy and super delicious brown gravy!
Did I mention that with all of my swaps and by cooking things myself (for the most part) I shaved off about 400 calories? In fact, I cut out more calories from this recipe than it ended up being!
Plus, I can't tell you how amazing and easy that brown gravy there is to make. Surely it can't be that simple. It is! It really and truly is. Of course, I used a natural beef base for mine to keep away from 'junking' it up with unneeded ingredients that I can't pronounce, but feel free to use bullion or base you feel comfortable with.
Healthified Chicken & Mash Bowl
Servings: 4 • Size: About 1 1/2 Cup • Calories: 343.2 • Fat: 17.3 g • Carb: 32.4 g • Fiber: 4.6 g • Protein: 16.7 g • Sugar: 3.2 g • Sodium: 773.2 mg
1 1/2 C. Water
3 Tsp. Natural Beef Bullion or Beef Base
3 Tbsp. White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 C. Light Butter
Cauliflower & Hominy Smash
2 C. Mixed Vegetables, Steamed
28 Gluten Free All Natural Organic Chicken Nuggets, Cooked
Place the ingredients for the gravy into a medium sauce pan and whisk over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Place about 3/4 c. of the cauliflower smash in the bottom of each bowl and top with about 1/4 c. of the mixed vegetables.
Add the chicken nuggets over the top of the vegetables.
And finally top it all off with your gravy!
Enjoy right away.