No-Brainer Bowls

You know those healthy meal plans that you see in a magazine that look AMAZING!  But then you realize you have to cook or prepare 21 new meals?  Yeah, I hate that.

So here’s my hack.  Bowls.

I have them for breakfast.  I have them for lunch.  I  often have them for dinner.  Because they are tasty and easy to construct. I never really appreciated the bliss of bowls until I read the Engine 2 Cookbook and now I see bowl recipes everywhere.

Here’s a very simple way to construct your bowl.

  • Start with a base of whole grains – I usually do about 1/2 cup (brown rice, bulgar, farro, whole grains, etc.)
  • Layer on the legumes or beans – again about a 1/2 cup or so  (black, pinto, garbanzo, lentils, etc.)
  • Go with the greens – 2 cups or more (chopped kale, arugula, spinach, chopped cauliflower, broccoli, or other leafy greens)
  • Now add your veggies (cooked or raw) and fruit if desired (chopped apples, pears, berries, etc.)
  • Sprinkle or shovel on the seasonings (chopped fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley  spices, vinegars, hot sauce, salsa, etc.)
  • Now add some fats – but keep it light (avocado – 1/4 or so, a tablespoon or two of nuts, flax or hemp or chia seeds, etc.)


  1. Don’t drown your bowl in a heavy dressing.  With spices, fresh herbs, a pinch of kosher salt, a squeeze of lemon or lime you are fine
  2. Don’t confine your Bowl to a bowl.  You can pile it on a potato, roll it in a wrap or top a toasted pita or use a plate 🙂
  3. Use a big bowl and make sure your greens, veggies and fruits take up most of it.


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Keli 🙂






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