Anyone remember build-a-bear? Pretty sure that and Limited Too basically sum up being a child of the 90s. You know what sums up my adulthood? Bowls. All.The.Bowls. Aka the lazy girlâ€™s dinner and really, the only true way to eat dinner. Iâ€™m sure 20 years from now Iâ€™ll look back on my 20s and 30s and laugh at how many recipes I made in bowls, but hey, it works!
Now I have to be honest with you, thereâ€™s no exact science to bowl recipes. Thatâ€™s the best part of them, thereâ€™s room to experiment. Iâ€™m not gonna lie, on occasion Iâ€™ve created some really random bowl recipes (you know when youâ€™re so low on food you just find anything in your fridge and see what happens?!) but most of the time a quick mix of protein, carbs and veggies topped with a good dressing and some crunch ends up being delicious.
So for those of you who are feeling a little lost in the kitchen these days, I hope this bowl recipes post will help inspire you to get a little create. As a reminder, this is just a guide. There is SO much room for experimentation. But if youâ€™re just getting started this should give you some good ideasâ€¦
Okay, great question. Honestly, thereâ€™s no real science to it but in the end itâ€™s basically a combination of a few different foods, topped with a delicious sauce or dressing and eaten (not surprisingly) from a bowl. If I were to break it down for you itâ€™s usually made up of a few different parts:
So now that we know the breakdown, letâ€™s chat about some options for each.
Any veggie will work here! Some ideas how to cook them:
The most important part! There are infinite bowl sauces and dressings out there but I wanted to share a few bases you can work with. For more inspiration check out this post with full bowl recipe sauces and dressings.
Note: sometimes itâ€™s a combination of dressings i.e. burrito bowls which have both guac and salsa
Skyâ€™s the limit here and it all really depends on the theme youâ€™re going for, but here are some suggestions:
Of course, everyoneâ€™s appetite and intake is different but I wanted to share a rough breakdown of what a bowl recipe looks like as a full meal:
Combine all in a bowl and mix! Thatâ€™s it â€“ see why I love bowls so much?!
Hopefully the above breakdown can help inspire some healthy bowl recipes, but just in case youâ€™re looking for more of a guide, here are a few to get you started:
Hopefully this gets you inspired with some new bowl recipes or perhaps gets the creative juices flowing to create your own. As a reminder it all really comes down to the dressing so if youâ€™re feeling stuck in that domain, I created a post with 5 healthy bowl dressings so you can mix and match your fixings to each bowl. Enjoy!
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