Friday Foods! Best darn green bowl ever.

There are days when a salad just hits the spot. The cold, crunchy veggies, the homemade tangy dressings, and the fact that you feel superhuman after consuming one, all lead to a winning combination.

The problem is (at least for me), that the same salad with the same vegetables day after day can get boring. On top of that, a salad never truly fills me up, I’m always craving more food immediately afterwards.

It was this boredom and hunger that led me to start creating my green bowls. I call it a green bowl instead of a salad because it is really a full meal, kind of like one of those bowls you get at Chipotle.

This green bowl is just one version too, there are probably hundreds of combinations that you can create. This recipe is one idea and can be used as a basic template for creating your own.

Here’s what I add:

-1-2 cups of leafy greens (I love romaine or spinach the best)

-1/2 – 1 cup of grilled or sauteed veggies (this could be anything from Brussel sprouts to asparagus to bell peppers.

-1/4-1/2 cup of whole grains cooked (quinoa, millet, or brown rice are my personal choices)

-1/2 cup of protein (left over baked chicken or tuna), if you don’t eat meat add 1/2 cup of chickpeas instead.

-additional veggies can be added like some cucumber, raw red peppers

-dressing usually consists of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and maybe some mustard, experiment and find something you like.

The bowl ends up being pretty big so you could share it with one other person or split it into two meals OR just eat the whole thing, it is really up to you. This green bowl is great for lunches, dinners, post workouts, and can be taken on the go as well.

Let me know what you think and what combos you end up trying.

–Stephanie

 

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