Prepare Your Own One-Bowl Meal for a Cheaper Dining Option
Skip the lines by creating your own delicious feast using a simple checklist
En español | Lunch and dinner bowls are the rage at trendy restaurants. Now preparing them just got easier. Here’s how to make them at home and chop the cost:
- Use one or more ingredients from each of the five categories below and choose one international flavor profile.
- Find a sauce in your market’s global-foods section: ssamjang, chutney, hot sauce, salsa, pesto, chimichurri, romesco, aioli, tahini or peanut sauce.
- Save money by using leftovers.
- To save time, use prechopped fresh vegetables.
Choose a base ingredient
½ cup cooked brown rice, quinoa, millet, bulgur, farro, barley, whole-grain pasta
Choose a lean protein
3–4 ounces cooked meat, poultry, seafood, legumes, eggs, tofu
1–2 cups Vary colors and textures
Choose a sauce
1–3 tablespoons Sriracha, harissa, soy, sweet chili — or pick a sauce listed above
Choose a garnish
1–3 tablespoons nuts, dried fruits, fresh herbs, pickled veggies, cheese
Take these basic steps and then add your own flair to create these delicious dishes: