|Dragon Bowl: a no-brainer, healthy meal with options for everyone|
I'm a terrible bowler. Gutter balls. Broken fingernails. Broken dreams. And let's not forget the hideous shoes. But I'm a pretty decent Bowl-er, as in a serendipitous creator of tasty Dragon Bowls.
|Dragon Bowls, aka "Bowls"|
In the spirit of my VeganMofo theme, going Back to Basics, I thought I'd share another easy-peasy modular recipe. Just about every vegan, vegetarian and health food cookbook includes a Dragon Bowl recipe. In fact, they are so popular in plant-based circles that we usually drop the dragon and just call them Bowls.
Dragon Bowls have stood the test of time for the following reasons:
- They are quick to prepare
- They are efficient leftover user-uppers
- They are frugal [But if you're feeling extravagant, you can easily make them budget burners by using store-bought, fancy-pants ingredients]
- They can, in small ways, be modified to fit each diner's preferences – which makes them a fun, weekly meal theme for families with fussy eaters
- They require no fancy equipment
- They require little cooking ability
- They are ever-changing; you can have a different bowl every night!
- There are no Bowl rules – no strikes or spares – only suggestions.
|For my bowl, I chopped up some Romaine lettuce that was on its way out...|
|...I boiled some shiritake noodles, shredded carrots, edamame, and leeks.|
|Bowl size is important. Left one's too big. Bottom one's too small. Right one is just right.|
[Which is why it's on the right.]
My Dragon Bowl Formula for One
- About 1 cup of grain [quinoa, millet, traditional pasta, ramen or soba noodles, shiritake noodles, buckwheat, kamut, etc]
- About 1/2-to 1 cup of protein [Cubed, cooked or uncooked tofu (seasoned is best!), tempeh, seitan, legumes, soy curls, etc]
- About 1 cup raw veggies [Chopped lettuce, onions, peppers, spinach, kale, etc]
- About 1 cup cooked veggies
- Up to 1/4 cup sauce [Tahini, salad dressing, hummus watered down with some broth or water, Romesco sauce, pesto, salsa for Mexican-inspired bowls, etc]
- Toppings [Sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, non-dairy cheese
Layer the grain in the bowl. Top with your protein and veggies. Add sauce to taste, then season. Mix very well and enjoy. Doesn't get much easier, does it?