I first shared my Mama’s Macro Bowl almost 2 years ago but still loving it. All the grain bowls on repeat over here. I’m needing all the energy to keep up with the family as we’re going a little stir crazy stuck inside. Temps haven’t gotten above zero in over a week, yesterday was -26F and I won’t even tell you what the “feels like temp” was. Needless to say it’s too cold to get outside so keeping warm and fueled with bowls like this.
Hope you’re staying warm and have a great week!
Original post June 2nd 2019:
The girls only have a few days of school left and while life is crazy during the school year it’s just as crazy during the summer. This summer will be a little different with Baby G and being hungry all the time means I’m going to need to pack in some serious nutrition to keep up with the kids. My Mama’s Macro Bowl, and variations of, will be on repeat for sure!
I say variations because we just got our garden planted over the weekend and our herb wall a few weeks ago so I’ll be swapping things out and making different combos with what we have on hand when possible. We did plant lots of peppers, beets, greens, and cucumbers as well as sweet potatoes but also some squash that I might swap the sweet potato for once I have those! Adding some grilled zucchini in here would also be delicious!
I’ve been trying to get back to prepping veggies to have on hand to make bowls like this quick and easy but haven’t been doing a very good job which is a real bummer since I’m always starving and limited on time during the day to make lunch, especially when Baby G isn’t napping. He is but lately he will sleep for a short period of time after I drop off A or in the morning, just long enough to grab breakfast. A late breakfast. Than he sleeps in the afternoon when picking up the girls and running around and not at home so I’m not getting much done. The good news is he’s sleeping more at night which means I’m getting much needed sleep and actually feeling like a human and not a zombie.
Instead of enjoying this macro bowl for lunch as I often hope it’s usually dinner, which isn’t so bad either. I always make extra so I at least get it for lunch the day after, unless my husband grabs it. Or A grabs my bell peppers.
Made with leftovers, great for meal prepping, or if you just make it for dinner you can’t go wrong.
So what exactly is in my Mama’s Macro Bowl? Let me tell you, hopefully I can tell you before I get too hungry!
Kale, or greens of choice I just like a heartier grain but like to massage my kale, yes massage, as it makes it softer! If you’ve never massaged your kale we need to talk! Seriously, leave me a massage here or on social media it’s life changing!
Kale is high in fiber, antioxidants, packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, and is anti-inflammatory. While some people might think kale is so 2015 I’m still over here saying Kale Yeah!
Brown Rice, or any rice you like I just like brown rice but honestly the family likes white better unless you’re S she loves pretty much all rice but especially saffron rice. Yep the girl has good taste! Brown rice has more fiber and antioxidants, as well as a lot more important vitamins and minerals.
Mashed Sweet Potato, or you can just use roasted if you like. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Honestly I just love sweet potatoes and think they’re delicious.
Black Beans for added protein and fiber!
Avocado, because I missed it so much for 9 months when I was pregnant and it didn’t agree with my tummy! Yes it was really sad and I went from eating a couple a week to only a couple times during 9 months. Adds some healthy filling fats and flavor to the bowl.
Bell Peppers for color, flavor, and hey you can never have too many veggies! This is A’s favorite veggie so we always have them on hand.
Pickled Beets are not only colorful, delicious, nutrition packed vegetable but they’re fermented and good for gut health. You can use either chopped pickled beets or beet kraut that’s shredded. I use whichever I have on hand.
Turmeric is a favorite which I’ve talked about and used in many of my recipes for it’s bright color and anti-inflammatory properties.
This bowl is packed with as much color as it is whole food nutrition and tastes just as delicious! I’m getting so hungry typing this post up and thinking about this bowl that I might just have to make it again tomorrow! Plus after this weekend my body is craving a big delicious bowl like this.
If you like the Turmeric Tahini Dressing you’ll have to try my Sweet Potato Forbidden Rice Bowls!
Or if bowls like this are your thing you’ll have to try some of my other favorites like Chim Chim Chimichurri Buddha Bowls, Can’t Beet this Cauliflower Brusslin’ Buddha Bowls, Plant Powered Asian Shroom Buddha Bowls, Curry Cauliflower Grain Bowl, Sweet Potato Pad Thai Bowl, Beet This Poke Bowl, or Anti Inflammatory Buddha Bowls 2.0. Of course there are many many more but I probably already named too many. But hey they’re all great options for Meatless Monday!
More great recipes linked up below and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen.
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
- 4 oz kale, chopped and steams removed
- 1/2-3/4 c cooked Brown rice
- 1/2 cooked sweet potato, mashed (or one small sweet potato, like the small ones at Trader Joe's)
- 1/4-1/3 c black beans
- Few cucumber slices
- 1/4-1/3 avocado, sliced
- 1/3 c chopped bell peppers
- 1/3 c chopped pickled beets
- 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil/ avocado oil, optional
- 3 TBSP Turmeric Tahini Dressing recipe below
- 1/4 c tahini
- 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
- 3 TBSP warm water
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 2 tsp maple syrup, agave, or honey (optional, omitted this time)
- 2 tsp ground turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 clove garlic, grated (or 1 TBSP finely chopped shallot)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- pinch fresh black pepper
Mama's Macro Bowl
Turmeric Tahini Dressing (Makes about 3/4c enough for 4 bowls)
- Blend, mix, all the Turmeric Tahini Dressing ingredients together until smooth. Set aside, if not making your bowl right away place in the refrigerator until you are ready to prep the bowls.
- Massage kale with oil a couple minutes. This is just like it sounds, drizzle the kale with oil and rub it in with your clean hands. This step is optional but once you've tried it I don't think you'll regret it.
- This bowl can be assembled with cold sweet potatoes, rice, and black beans that have already been cooked, or you can cook/warm up leftovers right before If desired.
- Assemble bowl with kale, rice sweet potatoes, black beans, cucumber, avocado, peppers, and beets.
- Drizzle with Turmeric Tahini Dressing.
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AZ@…And A Dash of Cinnamon
Wow! That bowl is packed to the brim with nutrition!
I missed all my fave foods while I was traveling and this bowl is exactly what I had for dinner tonight. Great minds think alike
But I love the recommendation for the bowl!
This bowl is full of a few of my favorite things! I forget about using Turmeric more often thanks for the delicious reminder