photos by Ashleigh Amoroso
I’ve finally gotten Adam on the grain bowl train, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Used to be that my announcement that we were having a grain bowl for dinner (again) was met with an eye roll, but now I get more of an “okay, cool” response from him, so I’ve been making them a lot. Because in reality, grain bowls don’t have to be macrobiotic or overly health food-ish; I look at them as a blank canvas for creativity where I can incorporate protein, healthy fats, leafy greens, crunchy bites, and creamy drizzles, and I’ve got to say that this Spring Salmon and Veggie Grain Bowl I’ve been whipping up lately is one of the prettiest. Read on, and I’d love to hear in the comments about your favorite grain bowl combos lately!
I’ve been trying to incorporate more healthy fats in my diet lately — not only do they promote glowing skin and healthy hair, I’ve also noticed that some good fat really helps me stay full between meals so I’m not tempted to snack. These bowls have a double whammy of salmon and avocado for ultimate satiety.
I blended up this turmeric dressing for the shoot at our studio, and everyone went crazy of how different and delicious it is. The ginger and turmeric give it an exotic flavor, and that bright yellow shade is pure liquid sunshine. Make LOTS of this stuff for drizzling on grain bowls, salads, and as a dip for raw veggies.
Of course, you can totally mix up the ingredients here using my perfect grain bowl formula: just include a protein (could be a vegetarian source like tofu or beans or seeds), a healthy fat, a grain like quinoa, farro, or rice, and then a mix of cooked and raw veggies. Something pickled is always a nice addition! The crunchy topping could be crackers, nuts, or seeds, and then your drizzle could be dressing or yogurt or even be as simple as a little olive oil.
And your friends will not be mad if you invite them over for a grain bowl dinner party any night of the week. You could even make it a potluck where each person brings one component of the bowls. Let people build their own and get crazy with their topping combos!
By the way, the gorgeous colors and textures of grain bowls make them kinda perfect for posting in your feed, so don’t forget to snap a pic and get that ‘gram before you down the entire bowl. #bowllife