Bowling for Dinner

Nope, this does not involve wearing multi-colored shoes. It means a cozy, easy and adaptable meal. If you have stuff to use in your fridge, then change it up with chicken, tempeh, avocado, sweet potato, cooked corn… And to add a little flourish: crumble a couple of tortilla or pita chips on the top. (In case you worry that an open bag is an empty bag - oh dear how’d that happen? - it’s still delish without that, too.)

Don’t fret about the number of parts. Each one is easy.

Here’s why your body will thank you: it’s a meal high in all the right places - nutrients, protein, fiber, alkalinity, antioxidants, and anti-inflammation. And zero in saturated fat and cholesterol. But no need to think about all that - just enjoy.

Bowl #1: toss together (really get in there with both hands to soften)

1 smallish bunch of kale, thick stems pulled off, washed, dried (in a spinner or towel), and torn into small pieces (or use a few branches from a big bunch to have 6 cups or so)

dressing: (puree together)

juice of 1 lime

1 large clove of garlic, cut into quarters or so

1 small bunch of cilantro, washed and shaken dry

2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Bowl #2: (okay, this one’s a pot)

2 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked in 5 cups of water

Bowl #3: toss together

1 can of black (or other) beans, drained and rinsed, and

1 teaspoon of taco spices from a mix or just use 1/2 and 1/2 chili powder and cumin

Bowl #4: 

2 tomatoes, chopped (can be canned and drained)

Bowl #5: (a pan or skillet), sauté together until golden, about 5 or 6 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red onion, sliced thin or chopped as you like

1 package of small crimini mushrooms, brushed clean and sliced

1 or 2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed

salt and pepper and a drizzle of honey, to taste

Now invite everyone in to eat, and have them grab a - yup, you’re onto me now - bowl. Take a scoop of each and mix it to get the flavors all mixed together. Top with crunchy bits if you like.

Confession: I hover around discouraging seconds so I get at least one good lunch out of it for myself. :)