The most recent trend in the food world is to create a one dish/bowl style meal, often referred to as “Buddha Bowls,” “Hippie Bowls,” “Monk Bowls,” or “Power Bowls.” Americans are used to separating their foods and I grew up with one sibling who was averse to peas touching potatoes, so this bowl concept is outside the box for many traditional eaters. But recipes and eating are evolving and bowl style meals are all about breaking the rules. Bowls allow foods to not just touch each other, but meld together into a beautiful myriad of flavors, textures, and colors. These tips might help you get started with creating your own delicious bowl style meals.
When thinking about making bowl style meals, try thinking in terms of foods where you already know the flavor patterns. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Mexican Bowls: Rice, beans, lots of veggies, and salsa/guacamole. Garnish: cilantro
Pizza Bowls: Whole grain penne pasta, veggies (spinach, mushrooms, olives, onions, and peppers), tofu-ricotta cheese, and marinara sauce. Garnishes: red pepper flakes, basil, fennel seeds, and/or nutritional yeast flakes
Rueben Bowls: Potatoes, veggies (spinach mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and sauerkraut), Smoky Tempeh Bacon, Thousand Island Dressing. Garnish: caraway seeds
Thai Bowls: Whole grain pasta, Asian blended veggies, baked tofu, and green Thai curry sauce. Garnishes: lime, cilantro, basil, or sesame seeds
Thanksgiving bowl: Mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, onions, and peppers, lentils, and mushroom gravy. Garnish: fresh thyme
Asian Peanut Bowl: Brown rice or noodles, Asian veggies, edamame, and a spicy peanut sauce. Garnish: lime, peanuts, cilantro, scallions
Breakfast Bowl: Grits, greens, Tempeh Bacon, Salsa. Garnish: avocados