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My weekdays are usually pretty filled to the brim. You’ve probably assessed this from the themes of productivity and goal setting on the blog. No standing over a hot stove or nine course dinners for me.
But I also hold myself to a higher standard than a simple frozen meal or a bowl of cereal (not that there is anything wrong with that!). I just get so much joy out of putting a meal on the table that I don’t want to rob myself of that. It’s a creative outlet for me. I think I probably have too many creative outlets but is that really such a bad thing?
To avoid making the same thing over and over but not creating too much work for myself, I love things that are of the make it your own variety. Whatever I have on hand – throw it in. Leftover roasted chicken? Throw it in.
The One Bowl Meal
That’s where the beauty of the meal in a bowl comes in. They are actually kind of trendy right now, which is hilarious since its the most basic thing in the world.
Basically, you choose a base. This could be quinoa, rice, riced cauliflower. For me, it’s whatever is leftover and in the fridge.
Then you choose the star of the show. I like to think of this as flavor-packed protein. Grilled steak. Roasted chicken. Crispy tofu.
Then you load it with all the good things. Anything in your fridge that is healthy, it will surely belong here with its fresh, crunchy friends. There’s usually a little chopping involved here but nothing too serious.
Then drizzle it with a sauce, either homemade or sriracha or even salad dressing. I’ve made a really yummy Mexican-themed rice bowl with a low-fat jalapeño ranch that was just perfect.
I love the idea of pairing jasmine rice, crunchy bell peppers, cilantro, chopped cashews, and a protein with store-bought peanut sauce. Or avocado and corn with quinoa and leftover chopped barbecue brisket for a southwestern flair. Or middle-eastern lentils with grilled chicken, cucumbers and tzatziki sauce. Really, I could go on.
But for today’s recipe, we are going to focus on what was in my fridge. And that means Korean beef and sweet potato bowls.