Macro Greens Bowl with Green Dressing and Protein Boost Mix

I purchased the reFresh cookbook back in 2007 and was quickly introduced to the amazingness that is Fresh Restaurant in downtown Toronto. I’ve prepared almost every single one of their recipes over the years and have long since dreamed of sitting in their Spadina location sipping on elixirs and filling my belly with yummy vegan eats.

After years of waiting, I actually got to go to the restaurant last weekend and let me tell you, I was more than excited for the occasion.

To set the mood… think of the Hollywood heartthrob that you just can’t get enough of. Now, imagine meeting them. This is how pumped I was. I was starstruck walking in to the restaurant with Angela, sitting down in a seat I’d only ever seen pictures of, and ordering from the menu I’d been introduced to in my very own kitchen.

Ha, dreams are awesome.

Lighting at 8pm in a busy restaurant on the other hand is not so awesome. It was so hard to grab some good shots, but Angela did a fabulous job at it, didn’t she?

It should come as no surprise that Fresh has a dish for all us grain-free supporting, sweet potato loving, vegetable adoring visitors. One quick read of the menu and I knew what I wanted… the Macro Greens Bowl. I ordered the bowl with Green Dressing, extra sweet potato and a side of chickpeas while Angela had her fix of greens satisfied with her order of an Eat Your Greens Bowl with protein boost mix and tempeh.

We left full and inspired. So much so that we decided to recreate our Fresh Greens Bowls together the very next day.

Angela made a beautiful adaptation of the Eat Your Greens Bowl (you can check out the recipe here) and I went for a slight twist on my Macro Greens Bowl, pumping it up with zucchini noodles, a delicious protein boost mixture, and extra green dressing.

It’s simple, delicious and filled with veggie power!

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Macro Greens Bowl
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 2 servings
Soothing bowl of greens topped with sweet potato rounds, protein boost nut and seed mixture and homemade green dressing all served on a bed of zucchini noodles.
  • 1 medium sweet potato, sliced into rounds about ¼-inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 zucchini, cut into noodle shape with a spiralizer
  • 4 cups chopped bok choy
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 handfuls bean sprouts
  • 1 batch of Green Power Dressing
  • 1 batch Protein Boost Nut and Seed Mix
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Brush sweet potato rounds in oil and sprinkle with cumin. Place on prepared baking sheet and cook in the prepared oven for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, place zucchini noodles on a large plate. Set aside.
  4. Place bok choy and broccoli in the bowl of your steamer and steam for 2 minutes. Remove and spread over top zucchini noodles.
  5. Garnish with bean sprouts, cooked yam rounds and protein nut mix,
  6. Serve with Green Power Dressing.

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I don’t remember ever cutting my sweet potatoes into rounds like this but it’s such a yummy way to eat them and will definitely not be the last time I do!

Angela had a super-duper spiralizer that made shaping zucchini noodles an absolute breeze.

Maybe I’ll ask for one of these for Christmas…

Hey, it’s November now. Saying the “C” word is totally allowed.

We raided the cupboards to make our nut and seed mixture. There’s a little bit of everything in there.

And the dressing, oh the dressing is just fabulous. It could also be considered a dip, too.I bet you could just make the sweet potato rounds and dunk them IN the dressing.

Oh yesss…

To avoid bombarding you with 3 recipes in one post…

You can check out the recipe for the Green Power Dressing we made for our bowls by clicking here.

And for the Protein Boost Nut and Seed Mix, click here.

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  1. This looks so amazing Leanne. Seems like you guys had a really great trip. I love Toronto, Mark lived there for 3+ years just before I met him. If you head to Toronto again, please do let me know. I would love to meet up with you, we are just over an hour away (and likely won’t be for long, if we ever sell this house). Would love to make the drive to hang out :)

  2. This is how I eat, so I love to see recipes like this!! I’m always looking for ways to make it different, or use different dressings etc, Thanks for this, would love to see more posts like this!

  3. MMMM, I am making the sweet potatoes tonight for sure! Cannot wait. Also, I am going to go with you on the cleanse. I have already being doing some cleansing but don’t know where to go for my next steps to help my body clear out the summer and now Halloween.
    I’m excited Leanne!

    • Sounds like an awesome dinner! I’m making the rounds with butter squash. Should be good!

  4. Just as beautiful as it was in the restaurant! You did an awesome job, Leanne. I’m definitely looking forward to some of your cleanse recipes. I’m currently on the road and was forced to travel VERY light, so I haven’t had anywhere near my daily dose of veggies for the day and you KNOW what that means! My bod is cravin’ greens hardcore!!

    • Ah, oh no! Luckily though, veggies are super easy to find. I have no doubt your hotel or the venue will be right beside an awesome grocery store where you can get all the good stuff! Have fun!

  5. I’m with you! I really need to cleanse bad! I’m literally hurting. Looking forward to next week :)

  6. This looks very, very tasty :) I need to get me a spiralizer…but I am afraid to fork out the cash and have the machine be s***

    • That’s a totally legitimate fear! The one I linked to in the post is the one that Angela has and it worked really great… if that helps!

  7. Looking forward to the cleanse recipes – are you going to post them daily, or all at once so we can plan the week?
    I love simple ones like these that are more kid friendly. Can’t wait to slice sweet potato circles for them this week. So simple, yet so creative! Thanks for all your hard work.
    PS. The spiralizer is worth EVERY penny. It works on apples, squash, zucchini, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers. Easy to clean, too. Plus it helps me sneak err mix zucchini spirals into my kids spaghetti.

  8. Oh, I’m glad your experience was magical! I’ve arrived in Toronto/Canada (though I’m currently in northern Ontario) for the first time three weeks ago, with a working visa, and on my second day went to Fresh with Lisa… where she got food poisoning. What larks! Think I may have to try your homemade version next ;)

  9. Hey Leanne!

    I’ve been following your blog for a while, your recipes are always an inspiration – and delicious..! I just started a cleanse partly as a way to practice nutrition and cooking in action (I’m a current student as CSNN). Can’t wait for the cleanse posts.. It’s always nice to know other people are in it with you. Even virtually!


    • Hi Caitlin – so great that you stopped in to say hello! Good luck with your studies and your cleanse. We’re doing a giveaway for those that tag their cleansing meals on pinterest, Instagram and Twitter with #twoweekcleanse for a chance to win $50 from Upaya Naturals. Would be cool if you posted some of your yummy eats! I’m sure you have lots of them :)

    • No worries, you can just slice the zucchini really thin or, serve on a bed of bean sprouts instead. They’re really similar to noodles and taste just as tasty!

  10. For the Green Power dressing you made an error on the amount of soy sauce. A 1/2 of what? cup? tbsp? Please let us know…thanks!

    • Hi Natalie – thanks for catching that. Just edited it, it was 1/2 teaspoon. Sorry about the mix up

  11. This looks delish! I keep forgetting about the edamame in my freezer…guess I need to move it to my fridge!

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