Shelter In Place Super Food Bowls

How To Use What You've Got In Your Fridge Before You Head Out For A Shopping Trip!! All you need is a bowl and your imagination (and food.)

We are staying home as much as possible to keep ourselves, our families and EVERYONE safe and healthy. Here is a recipe idea to stretch the time between your grocery trips. You can use what you already have to make a delicious meal that makes everyone at your house happy and full.

There are three basic layers to this dish and just about anything goes! You are going to prepare and/or gather separate components for diners to choose from which to build their bowls. Display your choices in a buffet style or in the middle of your table for family style.

Allow diners to choose their base, middle and toppings. Children and picky adults will make healthier choices if they are given options. Don't make a big deal about it when they choose wisely, (your pride may scare them off) smile inside, and know they are getting healthy food into their body!

1. Base layer-Choose items for your base layer that fill the bowl, are nutrient dense but low calorie (for those of us that want more but not more calories) so your bowl appears abundant. These ingredients should be bite sized or cubed.

Also, choose items that are sturdy enough to hold the middle and the top. For example, a spring mix would wilt to nothing as a base component but would be beautiful on top!

zucchini

zucchini noodles

potatoes, any variety

cous cous

rice

quinoa

riced cauliflower

cabbage-raw or saute'ed

kale raw or saute'ed

brown rice pasta

butter nut squash

spaghetti squash

2.Middle- usually this is a protein and the portion will be about 1/2 - 1/3 as much as the base (again, if you're counting calories).

ground meat-turkey, chicken, beef, bison, pork

any leftover meat-rotisserie chicken, taco meat, grilled fish, steak, pork chops (cut into bite sized pieces)

beans-garbonzo, kidney, cannellini, refried

tofu

tempeh

grilled eggplant or zucchini steaks

3. Top-This is where it's fun to get creative and watch your diners get inventive and even artistic with the combinations they choose! Look for a balance of fresh, crunchy and a bit of salty/sour.

sunflower seeds

chopped walnuts

pine nuts slivered almonds

sesame seeds

hemp seeds

drizzle of tahini or nut butter

tomatoes

salsa

jicama

raisins

cranberries

sauerkraut or other fermented option (pickles, kimchi)

sauces or salad dressings-these and these are healthy options

sour cream or Greek yogurt

avocado

guacamole

parsley

cilantro

spring mix

arugula

chopped onion (any variety)

shredded carrots

feta

shredded cheese

brie

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