RECIPE: Balance Bowls (4 ways)

What in the world is a balance bowl? A balance bowl is a fancy way of reminding you the components of a balanced plate- all while creating a meal that is E A S Y to plan for, prep for and create, any time of the day! Here are a few of my faves, or feel free to create your own!

The Balance Bowl:

Create a balance bowl:

Step 1: The Base A grain (rice, quinoa, millet, farro, etc.), potatoes/sweet potatoes/winter squash, cauliflower rice or greens (spring, spinach, romaine, arugula, baby kale)

Step 2: Veggies All the veggies your heart desires- hot, cold, pile 'em up! some suggestions: broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, beets, green beans

Step 3: Protein What's your protein fancy? meat (chicken, turkey, beef), seafood (salmon, tuna, shrimp), plant protein (beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh)

Step 4: Flavor Boosts Get saucy (tahini, pesto, bbq, buffalo, ranch, peanut- you name it), crumbly (feta, goat cheese, cojita),creamy (avocado) or crunchy (nuts, seeds)

Balance Bowls, 4 ways:

The Vegetarian Mexican

Base: brown or white rice (make it fancy by stirring in a squeeze of lime and some fresh cilantro) Veggies: tomatoes Protein: black beans (season however you like) Flavor boosts: avocado (or guac), fresh lime and pickled onion

The Healthy Italian

Base: roasted sweet potatoes Veggies: green beans (steamed or roasted) Protein: chicken (use rotisserie for more ease) Flavor boosts: pesto (get the recipe here)

The Roasted Chickpea

Base: quinoa Veggies: broccoli (steamed or roasted) Protein: roasted chickpeas (recipe below) Flavor boosts: tahini sauce (get the recipe here)

Roasted Chickpeas: 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and well dried

olive or avocado oil

spice blend:

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp coriander

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Toss well-dried chickpeas in a drizzle of oil. Sprinkle with spice blend and toss.

3. Roast at 375 for 20-30 minutes, tossing once, until crispy.

Fall on the Mediterranean

Base: brown or white rice Veggies: roasted or grilled eggplant Protein: cooked chicken Flavor boosts: pomegranate seeds, pecans, tahini sauce (get the recipe here)

© 2020 by Kristin Dovbniak for The Supermama Society

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