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Anatomy of a Grain Bowl

Creating this all in one bowl can be both carefully planned out or a hodge podge of leftovers in the fridge. These are flexible and wonderful for getting in all the important food groups in one spot. Family friendly and batch cooking friendly, there are plenty of ways we can easily roll this into our life.


1. As with all the grain bowls, we start with a base. While traditionally a grain (or pseudo grain), it can be a riced veggies or noodle. It's also a great way to roll in some ancient grains that we may want to become more familiar with. Consider trying:

  • Quinoa

  • Basmati Rice

  • Brown Rice (if later in postpartum)

  • Barley

  • Oatmeal

  • Soba or rice noodles

  • Sweet Potato Rice

  • Ancient grains we may be less familiar with like farro, spelt, millet, couscous, teff, freekah, amarenth

2. Select a protein. In this case, this Bison Mix but you can also select

3. Add some (more) Veggies. You can use riced veggies, roasted veggies, even pull some from the freezer. To mix it up, you can spiralize or grate or use a peeler to create easy bites and add texture to the bowl. Remember that we want to stick with cooked veggies and non-cruciferous here for now.

  • Roasted, steamed or sautéed kale, spinach or any green

  • Green Beans, blanched

  • Zucchini &Summer Squash

  • Caramelized Onion

  • Slow cooked Ghee'd Garlic

  • Roasted root veggies

  • Olives

4. Add fat. Always. Remember fat is how we absorb certain nutrients so it is essential in every meal

  • Avocado

  • Ghee

  • Olives

5. Add a dressing or sauce.

  • Scallion Ginger Oil

  • Hummus

  • Avocado Dulse Dip

  • Tapenade

  • Pesto

  • Peanut Sauce

  • Maple Dijon Dressing

6. Toppings! These can add a punch of flavor, another layer of nutrients and a nice crunch

  • Raw nuts,

  • Spiced Nuts

  • Minced Date

  • Dulse Flakes

  • Seaweed Snack (sheet of nori)

  • Nooch

  • Fresh herbs

  • Hemp or Sesame Seeds

  • Goji Berry

Have fun and play around! :)

Specifically for the Bison Bowl, I like to use the Cilantro Lime Rice, Bison Mix, Fresh Avocado, Green Olives, Scallion Ginger Oil topped with lots of seeds.


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