It seems like all of my favorite meals lately are served in a bowl; smoothie bowls, oat meal, salads…and now power bowls. Sure I could throw this on a plate, but as someone unafraid of their food touching I know that throwing everything into a bowl makes for some delicious combinations of flavors and textures. Think Chipotle Burrito Bowl, for instance. More filling than a salad, significantly less carbs than a Burrito Bowl, and endless combinations to try. Lots to love about that.
As I’ve said before, I like to cook on Sunday’s and plan my meals for the week accordingly, but it can get boring eating the same meal 5 days a week. So, I started to cook everything separately so that I could create more some more variation. One day my sectioned Tupperwear container that I usually use was dirty, so I threw everything into a bowl and ran out the door. When I got to work, I combined everything together and topped it with some dressing. Somehow, eating everything together instead of separately tasted better, and it became my go-to way to pack a lunch. It wasn’t until I was poking around on Pinterest that I realized my lazy woman’s lunch of random veggies, grains and proteins was actually a trend called “Power Bowls.” Lo and behold, there was a whole world of untapped combinations to try at my fingertips now that I had a keyword search.
My favorite part of this trend is how simple it is. I can cook 5 or 6 different foods (veggies, grains, protein), and create multiple meals throughout the week. And by topping it with different sauces, it gives the meal a whole different dimension. They are also suitable for breakfast, as well. I have tried many different combinations using quinoa, avocado, sweet potato, and eggs (to name a few) that are filling and satisfying. Even if you aren’t a cook, you can create your own combination that caters to your likes and needs. For those out there who are counting macros, this meal option makes it easy to get everything you need at once.
When building my breakfast bowls I try to keep these 4 food groups in mind:
I typically use two different types of veggies in my bowls, but you can add more or less if you’d prefer. My recent favorites are sweet potato and broccoli.
- Grains & Starches
My favorite grain is quinoa, I’ve said that before, but I have also tried wild rice and loved it as well. The grains add the texture to your bowl, it would taste fairly bland without it. Potatoes are also a great additive, I prefer sweet potatoes but baby russets are delicious as well with some dried rosemary.
I mainly use chicken or fish, but don’t forget that eggs are protein! You can also add another dimension of flavor by marinating your chicken before you prepare it, a little seasoning goes a long way!
- Sauce & Seasoning
This is what ties the whole thing together. I know hot sauce is a very popular option, but there are also a number of salad dressings you can try as well. Don’t forget simple staples like olive oil and vinegar, or lemon juice as well.