Blog Post, Recipe

How to Build A “Nourish Bowl”

A nourish bowl is typically a plant-based meal full of legumes, veggies, and complete in protein. It is also called a Buddha bowl by some, but I do not think this is an appropriate name. “Nourish bowl” is much more reflective of what it is meant to be.

To make a nourish bowl, you don’t have to feel restricted to make it vegan. After all, the term plant-based does not equal vegan. Vegan equals vegan. Plant-based just means that the baseof the meal is plants! That simple!

Here’s what you need:

  • One or more legumes
  • A grain
  • 2-3 different vegetables
  • Seasoning or dressing
  • Source of fat
  • Additional protein source

To make it easier to understand what the above list actually means, here is an example of a nourish bowl I recently had:

Ingredients:

  • Black beans (canned/rinsed)
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Broccoli, steamed
  • Radishes, cut into thin slices
  • Red cabbage, chopped
  • Avocado slices (source of fat)
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Hot sauce or other choice of dressing

Directions:

  1. Assemble ingredients together in a bowl and top with dressing. Enjoy!

In this nourish bowl, I used pre-cooked ingredients. You could substitute every single one with a similar food to fit your tastes or to accommodate food you have on hand. If you don’t have a cooked grain, you could substitute it with whole grain crackers or pieces of toast.

Here’s a photo of an different nourish bowl:

You’ll notice that the basic ingredients required are the same. I used edamame as my main protein source and roasted chickpeas instead of beans. This particular bowl was topped with balsamic salad dressing (fat source) and it was yummy!

Nourish bowls are a great meal option because the ingredients are so flexible! I hope you now have a good idea of how to build your own 😊.

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