Dinner Bowl Basics

My favorite dinner is undeniably “anything in a bowl.” Sometimes this takes the form of a roasted chicken & veggies (like my bowl below), but other times it’s even simpler: mixed greens, whatever veggies I have on hand, and a classic fried egg. Regardless of how much time you have on your hands, preparing a beautiful and delicious meal at the end of the day is incredibly satisfying. Read on below to see my basic procedure to building the perfect dinner bowl!


Roasted broccoli, baby bok choy, zucchini, bell pepper, grilled chicken, avocado, and a swirl of garlic hummus (+ coconut aminos & red pepper flakes)

How to build the perfect dinner bowl:

  1. Start with your favorite bowl! Yes, the bowl matters! Not just any cereal bowl will do. Look for one that’s wide and about as deep as a shot glass so your meal can be spread out. My favorite bowls are from falcon enamelware.
  2. Choose your base. I often choose veggies or greens (think kale, spinach, arugula), but you could also choose a grain such as farro, quinoa, or freekeh. Steam or roast your veggies, and cook your grains in large batches so you have some leftover for next time! See my meal prep guide here.
  3. Pick a protein. I’m partial to eggs because they require zero planning/ preparation, but you could also pick chicken, steak, tempeh, or tofu. I happen to have an amazing baked tofu recipe that will change your life in the best way possible.
  4. Sauce your bowl up! I love coconut aminos for an asian theme, tahini or harissa for Mediterranean, and hummus with just about anything. If you’re not a huge sauce person (or even if you are and want both!), add avocado!

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