Recipes That Show the Best Summer Meals Come in Bowls

0-922117143-fotolia-80947369-subscription-monthly-m

Veggie meal bowls are hot. No longer are bowls reserved for soup or pasta. A veggie meal bowl has your whole meal – entrée and sides – all in one. Meal bowls are easy to make and extremely versatile. While there is a basic formula for what kinds of foods to include in a meal bowl, the combinations are endless. Start with a grain, add some greens, pile on the veggies, pack on the protein and top with a sauce or dressing and garnishes. If you do some prep work and cook some of the ingredients like the rice in advance, you can throw a bowl together in minutes which is especially smart in the summer. For tips and tricks, check out How to Make Different Veggie Bowls for Every Type of Flavor Craving.

Reminiscent of salad bars and food bars where you make your own personalized dish, meal bowls can be personalized to your specific likes. They can be big or small, healthy or indulgent, raw or cooked, carefully composed or freely tossed together. There are breakfast bowls, lunch bowls and dinner bowls. No matter how you make it, you get a delicious, nutritious meal. Here are 10 recipes that prove the best summer meals come in bowls.

1. Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa is the base for this Veggie Quinoa Bowl that will leave you happily satisfied. Tofu, spinach, beets, carrots, tomatoes and avocados fill out the bowl topped with nuts, seeds and a creamy tahini-based dressing.

2. Roasted Buddha Bowl

Before meal bowls became trendy, there were Buddha bowls filled with grains, veggies and a sauce. This Roasted Buddha Bowl has roasted broccoli, cauliflower and radishes on a bed of quinoa. It’s topped with a creamy lemon white bean sauce for a healthy, enlightened meal anyone would be grateful for.

3. Persephone Bowl

Start with bulgur and add lentils, roasted cauliflower, cabbage, and green beans. Add some seeds, an orange and a pomegranate and you have this Persephone Bowl, a colorful, vibrant dish of mythical proportions.

4. Farro Black Beans Mexican Bowl

This Farro Black Beans Mexican Bowl is a beautiful combination of raw and cooked ingredients. Healthy farro is topped with sauteed veggies and black beans with Mexican spices and aromatics. Served on fresh lettuce and avocado, this bowl is a fiesta in your mouth.

5. Tempeh Bacon Bowl

Try a new grain like freekeh and build your bowl around it. In this Tempeh Bacon Bowl, butternut squash and chickpeas are roasted with chili and thyme and served with spring greens, seaweed, and tomatoes. Top it with sweet and smoky tempeh bacon and a creamy sweet and spicy dressing and you have a satisfying and delicious meal packed with flavor.

6. Nourishing Power Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing

There are salads and then there are power bowls. This Nourishing Power Bowl layers leafy greens, carrots, avocado and tomatoes and then adds roasted veggies and chickpeas for a protein-rich meal. The lemon tahini dressing is just a delicious bonus.

7. Teriyaki Romanesco and Beet Bowl

A veggie bowl doesn’t have to have a million ingredients to be a complete meal. In this Teriyaki Romanesco and Beet Bowl, there are only 3 main ingredients – rice, Romanesco and beets – but the bowl is overflowing with flavor.

8. Big Ol’ Texas Bowl With Nut-Free Nacho Cheese

There’s no rule that says veggie bowls have to have greens and chickpeas. In this Big Ol’ Texas Bowl, a bed of kale is topped with roasted sweet potatoes, BBQ tempeh, avocado, red peppers and a creamy nacho cheese made with sunflower seeds. Yum!

9. The Glow Bowl: Baked Sweet Potato With Pesto Pasta, Tomatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

Whole grain pasta provides a bed for all the goodness that is in this Glow Bowl. Roasted sweet potatoes, greens, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds are dressed with a creamy kale pesto for a meal that is not only delicious but will have you glowing with healthy nutrition.

10. Puy Lentil and Red Pepper Hummus Bowl

This Puy Lentil and Red Pepper Hummus Bowl is so big and filling, you may need someone to share it with. With sweet potatoes wedges, lentils, hummus, and veggies all on a bed of spinach and quinoa, this hearty bowl will keep you fueled all day long.

Each of these bowls is unique, hearty and delicious in its own way. A bowl is just a blank canvas waiting to become a masterpiece. How will you paint your summer veggie bowl?

2015-06-10T12:10:29+00:00

Related Questions

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: My sister has been told she has irritable bowl syndrome or possibly Krohn's disease. She recently told me sometimes she only passes mucus. Please tell me what she can take for this digestive disorder.

    A:

    I HIGHLY SUGGEST SHE PERFORMS THE FULL BODY DETOX. IT WILL GREATLY HELP HER CONDITION!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Could you advise some natural remedies for chronic back pain, irritable bowl syndrome, migraines and insomnia?

    A:

    THIS IS EASY! YOU JUST NEED TO START DETOXING (SEE FULL BODY DETOX). DETOXIFY YOUR BODY! CHECK OUT DREAM-AID INSPIRANT AND NERVES FORMULA FOR INSOMNIA! READ OUR ARTICLES ON â€IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME†AND â€HEADACHESâ€. BACK PAIN CAN BE HELPED WITH MASSAGE AND CHIROPRACTIC VISIT AS WELL. AN ARTICLE ON BACK PAIN WILL BE COMING SOON!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Today makes day 9 of my FULL BODY DETOX (FBD). This morning I have an outbreak on my hand. I have been practicing telling myself I am Healing, but my job is stressful and yesterday I had a stressful day and this morning the outbreak on my right hand. Could this be part of my healing process? Can you suggest what I can do to alleviate the stress at work so this will not block my healing process of herpes? I am following the diet; however I have been kind of burnt out at times on the salads so I at least eat a salad and a bowl of steamed brown rice and frozen green peas that are steamed for 3 min. Is that considered following the diet? I still eat my fruit for breakfast daily, my salad for lunch and steamed broccoli (5min) and for dinner another salad, but for a few days I have eaten the rice and steam green peas. I basically want to know is it alright so if I eat it in the future.

    A:

    You have to learn to deal with your stress and stop reacting to it. Your subconscious mind is greatly blocked and therefore you have to realize your healing will come very slow. At a deep level you still believe herpes is incurable and your body is giving you this (despite the healing crisis of outbreaks on the hand). Your dietary deviation is understandable and not that bad but if you are tiring of salads opt for other things to eat. We list a few raw foods alternative recipes in our "ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL" e-book available for download. Check it out!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: How often should one eat cook food? I'm a vegan, I do not consume any meat, seafood, milk what so ever. I eat water cresses like everyday so as cook food. Like white rice with black bean sauce, spinach, and pasta at time's I'll eat some Chinese fried rice, veggie roll, steamed vegetables, any advice?

    A:

    You can eat cooked food as much as you like. However, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, into your diet to make sure you are receiving an adequate amount of nutrients.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I've been taking the Full Body Cleanse for almost 2 weeks. In general, I feel much better. My question is if I can eat spirulina. and/or Ultimate Meal (mainly is Quinoa, millet, brown rice, yellow pea protein, spirulina and another natural ingredients) as breakfast or lunch. In case you do not know Ultimate Meal you can see it at www.ultimatelife.com Thank you. Ricardo. Your customer service rep told me after full body detox is good to take cholesterol formula. Is enough or Do I need to take lose weight tabs? after the full body cleanse? I am taking care of my diet and exercise 3 -4 times a week 2 hours each with stationary bike or tread mill and exercises with weights.

    A:

    Spirulina and Ultimate Meal are excellent supplementary products to take in order for your body to receive an adequate amount of protein while on the cleanse.

    Yes, take Cholesterol Formula (and Intestinal Cleanser) after you complete the cleanse. These products will serve as a transitionary period as your body slowly accustoms to returning back to normal routines.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: if you're not hungry can you skip the meal and eat fruit and nuts as a snack... can a meal be skipped?

    A:

    Although your appetite may disappear it's still important to consume your daily meals. Fruits and nuts are okay to snack on, but increasing the amount would be an ideal meal plan while on the cleanse. Sometimes it comes down to portion sizes that make up the meal.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    A:

    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Do you carry enzymes that one can take after eating a meal? It seems that I have problems with digestion after eating a meal. Any recommendations?

    A:

    For digestive problems after a meal, we recommend Electric Greens Combo and/or Digestion Aid. These formulas can help your problem.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Do you have any suggestions for a breakfast, lunch & dinner schedule? I'm making the transition to a healthier diet due to fibroid tumors. Currently I have broken my eating menu into 3 parts, breakfast - fruits, lunch - salads, & dinner - baked potato or any other heavy meal I intend to eat. Is this a good start? Any suggestions you can give on healthier meals for dinner are most appreciated.

    A:

    Please purchase our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL e-book for the alternatives you seek. It's a great little resource, especially for new people starting their transition diet. You off to a good start, Beloved!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am currently doing the Full Body Cleanse and my "meal" is typically a salad. To keep it interesting, I add different vegetables and fruits to it. I am not creative enough to think of other meals that I can possibly eat that consists of only raw foods. Any suggestions. I am struggling and I have two weeks to go.

    A:

    A typical detox raw food program looks like this

    Breakfast:

    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits

    Lunch:

    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit

    Dinner:

    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender / sprouted quinoa or legumes 

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: How should I take the herbs?Is it best to take with water only? Should I take it before or after meals or with the meal? Thanks in advance

    A: It's best to consume the capsules with water. You can take the supplements with and without consuming food. We suggest trying it both ways to see what your body personally prefers.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I just purchased the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and today is my first day. I'm unable to get through on our inquiry line. The diet isn't completely clear to me. Although it says miso soup is ok, I'm unclear on other things. For instance, is tofu ok? What about hummus? What do sprouted grains consist of? Would Eziekial sprouted grain breads and tortillas be ok? The miso soup is the exception to the dietary rule! NO tofu, NO Ezekiel grain breads (no processed grains at all). Sprouted grains are grains (or seeds) soaked in water overnight and consumed. They are not cooked! Hummus is okay (as it's not cooked). Recommended article: "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" Visit our articles section!

    A:

    The miso soup is the exception to the dietary rule! NO tofu, NO Ezekiel grain breads (no processed grains at all). Sprouted grains are grains (or seeds) soaked in water overnight and consumed. They are not cooked! Hummus is okay (as it's not cooked). Recommended article: "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" Visit our articles section!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have heart palpitations especially after I eat a meal regardless to what it is. Do you have any advice for this malady?

    A:

    Eat more raw foods (preferably vegetables which are alkaline). The CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA would be ideal to take before or after eating your meals.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

    A:

    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: For the last 2 weeks, I've been eating only raw foods. My daily intake mainly consist of snow beans, green beans (string beans), kale, carrots, a small amount butter and crackers, bananas, apples, pears, lettuce, tomatoes, dates, spinach and filtered water. My question is: Am I getting the required nutrients and how would I know if I were not and specifically, how would I know what nutrient was missing. I also take the MALE HORMONAL FORMULA and JACKRABBIT FORMULA (regardless of whether I intend to engage in sexual activity).

    A:

    OF COURSE! WHAT TO KNOW FOR SURE? GO GET A MINERAL TEST DONE. FIND SOMEONE IN YOUR TOWN WHO DOES NUTRITIONAL TESTING OR LIVE BLOOD CELL MICROSCOPY.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.

    A:

    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Is it alright to drink part of your fruits and veggies? I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and veggie drink in between lunch and dinner, nuts and a piece of fruit in between and a salad and a piece of fruit for dinner.

    A:

    Yes, you may drink part of your fruits and vegetables. As long as they are FRESHLY SQUEEZED

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have a question for you. I love reading your articles and I was reading about the importance of iodine in a vegan diet. I am vegan and I'm scared I'm getting iodine and you wrote that seaweed would fulfill that need. Did you mean Sushi seaweed, the roasted nori kind? Or fresh seaweed? I haven't been able to find fresh seaweed anywhere, except for already prepared seaweed salad. Also, how would you suggest I use the roasted nori seaweed? In smoothies? Because by itself it does not taste good.

    A:

    No! Not fresh water seaweed. But seaweed sold in a health food store. One in a bottle. Try Dulse, Kelp, Spiriulina, or even Dherbs Iodine Phosphate formula.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Can you combine Vegetables (green leafy) with Vegetables (fruit-vegetables)? Are fruit-veggies considered fruit or veggie?

    A:

    Green leafy veggies may be combined with fruit-veggies (cucumbers and tomotoes). Fruit-veggies are really fruit. You can always tell because of the seeds. Technically, anything that contains seeds is a fruit!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Thank you for always answering my questions. I have about two more. Okay, I'm currently living overseas where I'm limited on raw fresh foods (vegetables and fruits). I want to do the detox but I'm concerned that I won't have everything as far as raw food to be successful. I have access to basics (apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, melons, lettuce, cabbage, bean spouts, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans, peas, bagged nuts,) but nothing exotic by any means. Then I was told to safely eat some of the food in the local economy that we should wash it with a 5% bleach solution (is that safe...and if on the detox I'm thinking that would be a no go). Two questions?Given the mentioned availability of raw foods could I be able to successfully complete the detox (I don't have an issue with eating the same things over and over again) and two what can I do to clean local produce so that its safe for consumption? Apparently part of the issue is that they use human feces to fertilize. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response

    A:

    Yes, it seems you have enough raw food available to you to complete the cleanse.

    In order to clean local produce, rinse thoroughly with apple cider vinegar to "disinfect" it. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, just use water.