I like to cook, but putting up to 21 meals on the table every week as I did when my children were young is a duty I am happy to be free of. Following the new trend to intermittent fasting, I no longer eat breakfast. With only two adults at home, I became much more casual about lunch and dinner. But when I realized that I had eaten nothing but sandwiches (including when out at lunch meetings) for three days in a row, I decided that I had become too relaxed about my meals. I needed some variety but still wanted all the advantages of sandwiches. Enter bowls. See why I love making bowls, and then get my Golden Noodle Bowl Recipe below!
Nothing wrong with sandwiches, but they can be a little heavy on the carbohydrates and light on the fruit and vegetable side if they become an almost exclusive diet. However, their big advantage is that they are quick and easy and can be put together with whatever you might have in the fridge. Then I found bowls, another meal with all the advantages of sandwiches and more.
The bowl trend has been around for a while. But it picked up steam with poke bowls a few years ago. Found in Japanese restaurants and take-out places, poke itself originated in Hawaii. Poke has many varieties but usually comes on a bed of rice, beautifully arranged sushi fish, greens and other vegetables, exotic fruit like carefully diced mango, and other yummy bits such as pickled ginger.
The beauty of bowls is their infinite versatility. Your base can be greens instead of rice. You can replace or supplement the sushi fish with other proteins and add vegetables, fruit, and garnishes according to your taste and whatever you have on hand.
This makes bowls a perfect clean the fridge meal, although you would never call it that to other eaters. What turns the odds and sods into something appealing is taking a few minutes to arrange everything carefully in a bowl. Since little or no cooking is involved, you can take the time to do this.
You can use a bowl recipe if you like, but one of the strengths of bowls is that they don’t need a recipe. However, they do follow some basic steps, which are outlined below.
Most bowls are served cold or with just the rice warm; however, most of us prefer hot food when winter comes. Here is a suggestion for a hot Golden Noodle Bowl that is perfect on chillier days. As with any bowl, feel free to add, subtract, or substitute to suit your taste and your pantry. Serves one.
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