The Monday after Daylight Savings is no fun.  The lack of light pouring through my bedroom windows at 6am as my alarm went off this morning was unpleasant and just sad.  But life goes on and something that makes life simpler when grumpiness abounds is a beautiful bowl of food! (Insert praise hands emoji)

Bowls are one of the easiest things to put together when you have zero plan and very little time.  This bowl took me all of 15 minutes to make (granted, I cooked the ground beef yesterday as part of my Sunday meal prep) and less time to eat! I always follow a few unofficial bowl guidelines when I put one together and thought I’d share with you in case you find yourself starring blankly into the abyss of your refrigerator, wondering where to begin.Image by thealivsonhoward.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTEIN
Every great bowl (and meal) needs protein.  Protein is the building block of muscles, skin, bones, blood, and cartilage.  I always try to buy the highest quality protein I can afford.  Organic chicken and grass fed/finished beef are my go-to proteins for most bowls I make, unless it’s a breakfast bowl.  I use between 4 and 8 ounces of protein depending on the bowl and how I feel.  See what protein you have on hand and use that.

CARBOHYDRATE
Next up we have carbohydrate, which serves as an energy source for our bodies.  You could use potatoes, rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, noodles, etc.  In this bowl I have Miracle Noodle Rice that I’m using in place of regular rice because it’s a low carb option and grain-free.  In fact, most of the carbs in this bowl comes from the veggies.

VEGETABLES
Chose 3-5 veggies you love and add them in!  I like to keep things colorful (we eat with our eyes first!) so I always choose veggies that are vibrant and make me excited to dig in.  Avocado is always a staple as it’s full of good fats.

GARNISHES
Lastly, I garnish my bowls with cheese of some sort (this bowl has Siete Food Cashew Queso Spicy Blanco which is FIRE – so good) and fresh herbs, or nuts, or seeds.  Anything that will add texture and flavor.  In addition to the cashew queso I also added fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes for an extra kick!

Hope this helps get your bowl-building juices flowing!

Xo!
Alison