I realize that I may be alone in saying this, but I must confess that bowls are my favourite eating vessel. Hear me out: bowls allow you to combine multiple flavours and add a beautiful grand finale of dressing over everything, while their less stellar counterpart, the plate, just wastes sauce and discourages you from mixing your meal. Plus, at the end of a long day (or if you don’t own a dining table), who wants to eat all proper and poised at a table with a fork and knife? Now you’re seeing my side a little aren’t you? So other than cereal or ramen, what healthy and delicious meal can you eat out of a bowl? Allow me to introduce you to the grain bowl. Like the breakfast and smoothie bowls that came before them, grain bowls are having a moment. These hearty, yet light meals are composed of, well, grain – brown rice, faro, quinoa, you name it – and are finished off with an endless variety of toppings. I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for quick, easy, delicious meals that keep healthy eating interesting, and this is a perfect solution. Plus we are finishing up week 4 since those New Years resolutions were created (how is it going for you so far?), so a healthy recipe seems appropriate.

Check out my recipe for a chili lime grain bowl below! I used brown rice and kale as a hearty base, avocado gives you those good fats, then I added in some tomatoes, mango, and cilantro for freshness, topped it with some chili lime chicken (I can’t handle a ton of spice, but love citrus, so I amped up the lime – just adjust this depending on your preferences), and then I made a tahini-avocado-cilantro dressing to pour over the whole thing. I love love love cilantro, but if you aren’t as crazy about the green stuff, you can dial it back or simply leave it out, or even swap in a different fresh herb such as parsley or basil. You will also have to play around with the consistency of the sauce – start by adding a couple tablespoons of water to the processor, and then adjust as needed until the dressing reaches a thickness that works for you. As I mentioned previously, the options for grain bowls are endless. This is just one (delicious) example to get you started. As long as you follow the rule that good ingredients make good meals, you will be good to go!

Until next time,