Andrew can attest - I eat random dinner bowls every single night. They're not only SO simple, but it's also a way for me to squeeze in all of my absolute favorite foods into one meal. PLUS you get the perfect ratio with each bite. Below is a simple and highly-customizable five-step guide to the anatomy of a perfect bowl. In my most humble of opinions, a kick-ass bowl always contains these five things:
- a good base: some combination of leafy greens and a grain/rice (i.e.: spinach + quinoa)
- a protein: some source of tasty protein (i.e.: chicken, roasted chickpeas, shrimp, etc.
- a body: a combination of 2-4 different vegetables to bring epic flavor and fluff (i.e.: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, cubed eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, etc.)
- a cherry-on-top: some sort of healthy fat to top everything off (i.e.: hard/soft boiled egg, avocado, or nuts)
- a sauce: I always try to keep it simple here - dressings are often where nutrition-less calories and pesky sugars hide out...so always be sure to read your labels with dressings! I like to use simply, all natural, homemade sauces to top off my bowls (i.e.: soy sauce, lemon juice, tahini, etc.).
below is my super simple, go-to dinner bowl that I probably eat 4-5 nights a week. it takes no more than 10 minutes and is under $4/bowl! The serving sizes indicated below are for one bowl, but can be easily doubled / tripled (quadrupled even!!!!!) to serve your lovely guests :)