Effortless Dinner Bowls

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There have been so many times after a long day I’ve walked into my front door later than expected, starving with no inspiration of what to cook because I was so hungry I couldn’t think straight. Have you been there too?

If you struggle with fixing home-cooked, healthy meals because you have limited time, having no ideas when it comes time to cook and resorting to the same three meals you cook over and over or lack confidence in the kitchen — I have the perfect solution for you! Effortless, recipe-free dinner bowls are always the ideal solution to each of these problems. I’m going to take you through creating your own quick and simple dinner bowls, and even give you some of my favorite recipes, too.

Here’s the best part. There are no recipes to follow! My favorite way to craft the perfect dinner bowl is to mix raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, a little sauce, and a grain — usually quinoa or brown rice. You basically put what you like in a bowl, toss it together and eat…easy, healthy, quick and delicious. Keeping your meals simple takes a huge burden off of you and lightens your stress load tremendously. That’s what I’m here to help you with — having a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t add stress but takes it away. Next, I’ll go over my favorites in each category to inspire your creativity, and then will give you 6 of my favorite dinner bowl “recipes.” Enjoy!

RAW VEGGIES

Broccoli

Bell peppers

Tomatoes

Celery

Kale

Beets

Carrot

Cucumber

Onion

SAUCES

Tahini

Avocado oil

Guacamole

Hummus

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Liquid aminos

Toasted sesame seed oil

COOKED VEGGIES

Zucchini

Red onion

Eggplant

Mushrooms

Asparagus

Green beans

Brussels sprouts

GRAINS

Barley

Amaranth

Millet

Quinoa

Brown rice

Kamut

Buckwheat

* If you don’t eat grains substitute steamed greens for a nice healthy base.

TOPPINGS

Chickpeas

Sprouts

Lentils

Flax seeds

Nuts

Fresh herbs

Spices

VEGETABLE MORNING BOWL

Some mornings are best started with a grounding, hearty breakfast that warms you from the inside out. This bowl does just that for me.

Ingredients: sautéed mushrooms and onions cooked in olive oil with spices of choice, a small amount of quinoa or brown rice, atop a handful of fresh spinach. I also like to toss chickpeas in my veggie sauté for a tasty high fiber protein addiction.

(egg cooked how you like it if you want animal protein)

FALL INTO AUTUMN BOWL

Fresh and nourishing, such a great option for a chilly autumn day.

Ingredients: fresh cucumber, raw spinach, black beans, carrot ribbons, roasted beets, brown wild rice blend, and a heaping spoonful of your favorite hummus on top.

FRESHLY GRILLED VEGGIE BOWL

Grilling vegetables is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them. So this grilled veggie bowl is among one of my top favorites, for sure.

Ingredients: grilled zucchini, grilled red bell peppers, grilled cauliflower, fresh raw cherry tomatoes, fresh radish, over quinoa. Top with a squeeze of lime and fresh cracked black pepper.

AVACADO BLISS BOWL

Who doesn’t love avocado? I can always find a way to incorporate it into a meal, just like this bowl!

Ingredients: raw carrot ribbons, fresh romaine lettuce, grilled red bell pepper, red cabbage, quinoa and half an avocado on top.

HEART HEALTHY MEDITERRANIAN BOWL

These bowls don’t always have to be a one-dish meal -- you can also create a variety plate with a dip in the middle. This Mediterranean bowl is perfect for that.

Ingredients: roasted chickpeas, roasted zucchini, steamed green beans, raw onion, corn, tomato and your favorite hummus as your dip.

NO PASTA ZUCCHINI NOODLE BOWL

Zucchini noodles are so delicious and easy to add to meals.

Ingredients: zucchini noodles, raw cherry tomato, fresh avocado, red cabbage, carrot ribbons, romaine lettuce, and pomegranate seeds on top. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite herbs and seasonings.

the best part of making dinner bowls is it's everything that you want to eat and nothing else.

Are you creating dinner bowl at home? What ingredients are you using? Leave a comment below and share your creativity in the kitchen.