At our house, we are big fans of the bowl – a one bowl meal with layered ingredients. There are NO rules. You don’t need a recipe. You can build one with purpose or with random leftovers. You can make one to go in a mason jar, have one cold out of the fridge, or one sizzling hot out of a wok. Let’s explore!
My bowls are based around vegetables, with a starch or grain, a bean of some sort and spices, dressing or herbs. In our house, the purpose of the bowl is a quick, filling meal that is low in calorie density and satisfying. We accomplish this buy loading in upwards of a pound of vegetables, between the greens and other vegetables. We sprinkle it with grains and beans, add our toppings and dinner (or lunch) is served!
So what is so easy about a multi-ingredient bowl? Well, I always have ingredients at the ready. In 40 minutes time, I can have all of these items cooked and ready to be served: brown rice, quinoa, lentils, baked potatoes and diced veggies. I turn on the oven, get my water on for the rice, put the potatoes in, set the time for the rice, start my quinoa, then my lentils. Meanwhile, I dice veggies that I use often, like peppers and green onions. I stock these ingredients in containers in the fridge or freezer. I keep my potatoes in a big rectangular container with a lid in the refrigerator. So when it comes time to build a bowl – I have these things to draw from. Sometimes I dice the potatoes to make croutons out of them for salads or bowls. Other times I make roasted steak fries. Sometimes I make a pan of roasted vegetables with herbs and spices. I also make a pot of beans now and then with dried beans. All of these things work well within the bowl, as well as other recipes. You can cut down on your recipe prep time by having these things prepared ahead. You can build a breakfast bowl with these ingredients as well.
kale, spinach, beet greens, chard, arugula, mixed salad greens, collards, turnip greens etc.
SPICE IT UP!
There are endless possibilities to the build a bowl scenario. I would love to see your bowls!
Spinach, Brown Rice, Black Beans, Mango cubes, Green Onions, Diced tomatoes, Sliced Jalapeno, Fresh Cilantro, a squeeze of Lime Juice and a Dash of Cumin
Shredded Kale, roasted sweet potato, mixed greens, french lentils, curry powder
Soba noodles, steamed broccoli, peppers, onions, beet greens, mushrooms, fresh ginger and garlic tossed with clementine wedges