Not every dinner has to be incredibly pre-planned to be delicious, filling, healthy, and even lovely on the presentation side. There are meals you can make upon getting home and scouring the fridge, attempting to turn what’s left into something that resembles a well thought out dinner. These superfood bowls are a perfect example. You can put as much or as little thought and planning into them as you like.

superfood bowl

Essentially, you want to start by picking a grain to form the base of your bowl. You probably already have at least one of these in your pantry. Some ideas include:

  • Brown Rice (pictured)
  • Wild Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Lentils (as an alternative to grains)

Next, you want to throw on a bunch of toppings. This is where the use-up-whatever’s-left-in-your-fridge part comes in. You really can use just about any vegetables, canned legumes, or meat products that you want. Incase you’d rather pre-plan a little, here are some items that make a delicious bowl:

  • Cooked sweet potato (pictured)
  • Black beans (pictured)
  • Avocado (pictured)
  • Cherry tomatoes (pictured)
  • Corn (pictured)
  • Baked Brussel sprouts
  • Baked zucchini
  • Baked eggplant
  • Cubed tofu
  • Cubed chicken or pork

Lastly, you want to drizzle it all with some sort of deliciously creamy sauce that will bring it all together. Again, this part doesn’t have to be complicated. You probably have a few things in your fridge that will work wonders. It could be:

  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Yogurt Sauce – made by mixing plain yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and dill
  • Tahini Sauce – made by mixing tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic (pictured)
  • Avocado Sauce – made by blending avocado with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic

And then devour! Whether it’s a meal for one, two, or a whole family, no one but you will know that it came together in the last 10 minutes!

Tip: If this meal is a family affair, try a “Make-Your-Own” approach by placing a variety of toppings on the table and allowing people to construct their own bowls.