How to create an easy, nutritious (and Insta-worthy!) bowl meal
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. It’s been a challenging couple of months with my injury and making improvements and renos to our new house. While the health thing certainly is a legitimate reason for not having been as active on here lately, part of me has been holding off because I haven’t been able to come up with a good, long piece.
But, as a reminder to my recovering-perfectionist self, “done is better than perfect,” and a quick post is still better than no post at all. I get so caught up in having things need to be perfect that they never get finished – and that doesn’t benefit anyone. It’s much more gratifying to have things put out into the world, even if the picture doesn’t have perfect lighting or there’s a typo in my post. (Even writing that gives me anxiety… something I need to work on, clearly!)
In the midst of the past chaotic little while, I’ve managed to keep one thing steadfast: healthy eating habits. And my go-to meal when I’m in a rush or out of inspiration and want something nutritious, tasty and satisfying is a bowl filled with hearty grains, vitamin-rich rainbow vegetables, creamy avocado, crunchy toppings and a healthy dressing to tie it all together.
I love that you don’t need a recipe for this kind of meal, it’s perfect for meal prepping, and there’s the opportunity to be creative with both the ingredients and presentation. A win-win-win.
How to create the “perfect” power bowl
- Pick a grain. I love quinoa, rice and buckwheat as nutritious and dense bases to top with superfoods. Cook according to package directions and add a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil to the pot with a sprinkle of pink salt too boost healthy fats and flavour.
- Roast some greens. What veggies do you have laying around in your crisper? Don’t fuss over what goes well together – the beauty of these bowls is that everything just works. Throw red pepper, broccoli and yellow zucchini on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil, salt and garlic powder and bake. You could also sauté Swiss chard, carrots and snap peas in a frying pan for an Asian-inspired bowl, or opt for tri-coloured peppers, tomatoes and corn for a taco version.
- Pick a protein. Grilled chicken, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, ground turkey, black beans and chickpeas, or plain old hemp seeds all work wonders to put the “power” in power bowls.
- Layer up! Now’s the fun part. Grab your bowls or glass containers, scoop in your cooked grain, top with veggies, avocado and protein, and garnish with fresh microgreens, sesame seeds, crushed nuts or chia seeds.
- Finish with flavour. Adding a delicious dressing brings it all together. I love a basic lemon-garlic dressing that goes with everything, a tahini-based sauce, or plain soy sauce works well for rice-based bowls.
I hope you’re getting through this busy month healthfully and happily, and that you try adding this meal option into your weekly rotation. Check out my series on September to see why I love this month so much!