Do you watch the Super Bowl for the football or commercials?
I’m in it all for the food!
So, I have a story to tell. It’s said that the Buddha carried a bowl from village to village, collecting small offerings of food along the way. At the end of the day, he would eat his meal, enjoying a variety of flavors that ceremoniously blended together. No wonder the legend inspired the trendy name craze of a Buddha bowl for satisfying go-to meals.
It doesn’t have to be a Buddha bowl or a Power bowl or an Açai bowl to be delicious. Just pack a bowl with some basics for a healthy one dish breakfast, lunch or dinner!
And just FYI – this is my version of a Super Bowl!
1. Start with grains for the base
In the recipe below, I use steel cut oats but use what you’ve got on hand. Other suitable grain bases include rice, quinoa or pasta. Even veggie noodles will satisfy.
2. Add fresh veggies
This bowl is packed with greens including arugula and avocado for some of that healthy fat. I thinly sliced radish to add a little extra space, but mostly to make this bowl look pretty with those beautiful splashes of red. You can try any other fresh vegetables you have on hand.
3. A little protein
Try a fried egg or go for toasted chickpeas to keep it vegan. Seafood or some other cubed-up leftover chicken, beef or any protein will also do just fine.
4. Some sprinklings
Sprinklings like the everything bagel spice mix, which also happens to go with everything, adds extra nutrients, crunch, texture, protein and flavor. You can also sprinkle your bowl with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, other chopped nuts and so much more.
5. A special sauce
What’s a bowl without making a little dressing? You can be as simple as a little extra virgin olive oil and lemon, or a quick take a nut butter dressing like the one I’ve shown below.
“Breakfast for Dinner” Recipe
More like breakfast all day long, this bowl is so simple and satisfying you’ll want to reinvent it for every meal. Oats for grain (yes – oats – they’re amazing in this recipe!), egg for protein, leafy greens, avocado, radish, and scallions all topped with the tantalizing OJ drizzle pack a delicious, nutritional punch. (Short on time to make steel cut oats? Use rolled oats instead or just reheat plain oatmeal leftover from breakfast.)
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups vegetable broth, bone broth or water
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 T. almond butter
- 1 T. tamari or soy sauce
- two dashes of hot sauce (plus more for taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- one egg
- pinch of salt
- quarter cup of water
- One handful fresh leafy greens
- one radish, finely sliced
- half avocado, sliced
- one scallion, finely chopped
- everything bagel spice mix to taste (my favorite brand is Trader Joe’s or if you are adventurous, make your own with my recipe found here.)
- Make the oatmeal: in a small saucepan, add oats, broth and salt and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer until the oats soften, about 20 minutes.
- Make the OJ drizzle: in a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients with a fork until combined. Add hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Make the egg: heat olive oil in a frying pan with a lid over medium high heat. Add the egg, sprinkle with salt and cook until egg white turns opaque. Add water and cover pan; turn heat to low and cook until the whole egg turns opaque, about one minute.
- To serve: in a bowl, layer oatmeal, greens, radish, egg, avocado, and scallions. Top with OJ drizzle and finish with a generous sprinkle of everything bagel spice mix.