I like bowls. I like eating things out of bowls. The high sides are the best part; they allow me to be a little bit more crazy with the devouring process without making a mess.
During a single week, I will typically have 1-3 meals which entails me throwing a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and then devouring like an animal. Some people call them Buddha bowls, vegan bowls, rice bowls, glow bowls. You can call them anything you want. I tried calling them Gigi bowls but my brother laughed in my face (Gigi is my Chinese name).
I follow plant-based and non plant-based athletes and foodies who have posted a variety of recipes for these. But I have never actually followed any recipe. I’m too lazy for that (some call that a ‘creativity’ trait ☺). They are so nourishing, healthy, satisfying and delicious.
You can make it gluten free, vegan, low starch/carb, high protein – anything really! It’s not science. It’s just delicious.
Gigi Bowl #1
- Baby spinach
- Chopped romaine
- Sautéed red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts garlic, onion
- Topped with red chilli flakes, sriracha, green onion, cilantro and ‘Oh She Glows’ lemon tahini dressing
Gigi Bowl #2
- Brown rice
- Crispy pan fried tofu
- Grape tomatoes
- Baby spinach (slightly wilted by the warm rice)
Gigi Bowl #3
- Baked basa
- Sautéed kale, zucchini, sugar snap peas, mushrooms and garlic
- Topped with Tobasco, green onion, cilantro and ‘Oh She Glows‘ lemon tahini dressing
See below for list of options.
Choose a leafy green and/or starch for the base. Add veggies and protein in a bowl, then add toppings and drizzle with your favourite dressing. Enjoy!
- Don’t add everything into one bowl. Use flavours that compliment one another.
- Customize as you see fit: add more protein and carbs to fuel intense workouts, omit the starches if you’re feeling bloat.
- Try making your own dressing. A few of my favourites come from the ‘a little bit of this, and a little bit of that’ mentality.
- Try it cooked! Roast a big pan of veggies in some oil, salt, pepper and garlic so you’ll have them on hand the whole week.
- Make each ingredient count. Use ingredients rich in flavour. Use ingredients that nourish your body. Use ingredients that make you feel good on the inside and out.
- Tofu. Can be grilled, pan fried, steamed, marinated
- Chicken / beef / pork
- Variety of beans
- Boiled egg
- Salmon / white fish
- Sweet bell peppers
- Shredded carrots
- Blanched bean sprouts
- Red onion
- Baby tomatoes
- Brussels sprouts*
- Green beans*
- Sugarsnap peas*
- Any leftover roasted veggies
- Baby spinach
- Bok choy, chopped & sautéed
- Micro greens
- Brown rice
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Assorted roasted squash
Flavourings / Toppings / Fats
- Lemon tahini dressing (my go-to, from ‘Oh She Glows Everyday’)
- Balsamic soy dressing (another favourite)
- Vegan cashew cream (from ‘Oh She Glows Everyday’)
- Sriracha or any hotsauce
- Flat leaf parsley
- Green onions
- Lemon or lime
- Sesame seeds
- Sliced raw nuts, or roasted for more flavour
- EVOO or other heart healthy oils (I love a drizzle of truffle+EVOO blend)
- Banana peppers
- Nutritional yeast
- Herbs and spices (I like cumin!)
- Red chilli flakes
Do you make yummy bowls? What do you put in yours?