The past couple of weeks I’ve been slipping in the kitchen department. I mean, it’s the summmmmmer and I’ve got stuff going on…fun parties, trying new juices, hosting For Reals Meals. All the fun stuff hasn’t left a ton of time for cooking. So I often end up in front of the Whole Foods salad bar, annoyed that I’m going to pay way too much for dinner. And more annoyed that I could have made something better at home, if I had just prepared better. So I decided to stop whining and take action!
Yes, it’s summer. Yes, I’ve got shit going on. But if I’ve got two hours to watch a Pretty Little Liars marathon (just reveal “A” already, please), I’ve got time to prepare dinners for the week. So I decided to start Bowl Week in my house. What defines a “bowl” to me? At least three vegetables, some sort of grainy/seed thing, and a kick-ass sauce. And one of the best parts of bowls is that when you’re prepared, it takes all the worry out of what you’ll make for dinner. You spend less time at the grocery story fuming in front of the salad bar and there’s very little clean up.
Here’s how I prepared for Bowl Week (I’m hoping you’ll join me!):
1. Bought ten different veggies (and prepped a few).
Eggplant (charred and roasted)
Beans (quick-pickled them with vinegar)
Cauliflower (roasted it)
Sweet Potatoes (roasted them)
2. Made three different sides.
3. Made two different dressings.
Lemon-Miso Tahini (miso, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice)
Coconut Tzatziki (from Peaches & Greens)
4. Put them all in jars and whatever containers I could find.
5. Every night, I get a bowl, open the fridge, choose a few different things, and load on my sauce.
6. Dig in!
I know that looking at the list above can seem like a lot to do. But I really only roasted three things – all the other veggies are raw. The sauces were pretty much done in no time in the blender. And if you really need to watch all of the new The Killing episodes on Netflix instead of cooking, just prop your laptop on top of the fridge and let smoking-hot Holder watch you do your thing.
Oh, and if you’re nervous about not knowing what veggies go together, it’s no big deal. I sometimes wonder myself. But pretty much any veggies go together when you have an awesome sauce. It can also be the perfect time to experiment with a veggie you’ve never seen before…just chop it up, roast it, and throw it in your bowl.
PS: I broke my camera lens last week and it’s still getting repaired. I get a lot of questions about what camera I use, so wanted to share that these were just taken with my phone while my lens is getting fixed up. Goes to show you don’t always need a super fancy camera! Just some good natural light and a pretty subject.