Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all enjoying this (chilly) March weekend!
So when it comes to planning and cooking dinner, my philosophy is the easier the better. Which is why I LOVE a good bowl meal. It’s one of my go-to’s for our dinner (let me be clear, by our, I mean the adults in our household, as much as I have fantasies of Ryland eating kale or Korean beef or bok choy) although usually I can give Ryland at least part of whatever bowl I assemble, even if it’s just plain rice. The best part is that there are endless variations and flavors for a good bowl entree. They also tend to be relatively healthy and easy to pack with nutrients, but still delicious. And they’re just fun to eat. I don’t know why, but for me food always seems a little more enjoyable when in bowl form.
I thought I’d share three of my favorite and would love to hear from you all if you have any go to bowls you like to make (my definition of bowl is pretty loose, basically a carb (rice, pasta, grain) + veggies + protein + yummy sauce or toppings.
You can also do this easily with ground turkey. You can also switch the white rice for brown if that’s your thing. Basically I cook a pound of ground beef, and then when it’s brown toss in 2-4 TBS Gochujang (a Korean garlic chili paste that’s in the Asian section of most any grocery store), 1-2 TBS soy sauce, and 1 TBS of brown sugar. Sometimes I’ll throw in some grated ginger in there (I keep ginger in the freezer and it’s so easy to grab and grate into any meal that needs a little ginger kick). Then I put the beef on top of rice and go to town on the toppings. In the picture I went pretty tame and just stuck with cucumbers, sesame seeds, green onions, and sri racha (although the beef is already spicy, just be forewarned!). But I also love to add pickled carrots (or just plain shredded carrots if I’m short on time) and kimchi. I also sometimes mix sri racha with a little mayo to make a spicy/creamy sauce. And the best, and I mean BEST topping for this is a fried egg with a still runny yolk. That absolutely makes this bowl 😉
I also do a variation of this with pork loin instead of the beef (basically you just slow cook pork loin in a Crockpot all day with a little soy sauce, brown sugar, and jalapenos until it can be shredded with a fork, it’s SO good).
This is fairly easy/basic but still super yummy and satisfying. I like to do white rice or quinoa, topped with chicken (here I made a quick dry rub with cumin, garlic and onion powder, cayenne, and paprika, but I also like to slow cook chicken tenderloins in the Crockpot with a jar of salsa and then shred it after 4-6 hours), then loaded up with toppings (black beans and guacamole are my go to’s, but I also like to sauté some bell peppers, or throw on some cheese or plain, nonfat greek yogurt, the more the better basically). It’s pretty much just an at home version of Chipotle, but a nice fall back when I have no inspiration for more exciting things to cook.
Salmon Asian yumminess
For this, if I think ahead, I’ll marinade the salmon in some kind of teriyaki sauce like the ones Trader Joe’s sell. Then I’ll either pan sear it or bake it and put it on top of cold soba noodles dressed in peanut sauce. When I make peanut sauce it’s usually a thrown together, taste adjusted combo of these ingredients.
And then I’ll sauté up some veggies to throw on top.
I also love a good Mediterranean bowl (although I didn’t have any good pictures). I’ll use farro or rice, add some chicken, and then top with tzatziki, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, hummus, and whatever else I have in the fridge that looks good/isn’t long expired 🙂
What about you guys? Any go-to favorite bowl recipes? Any that are toddler friendly (as if there is such a food for an almost 2 year old). I’d love to add some more to my collection!