You know when you see a bomb recipe on someone’s story or blog and you think “damn, I wish I could make stuff like this on the regular”??
Most likely the person who is creating a slew of new recipes is a career chef or their sole focus for work, content creation etc is creating new recipes/food/tasty treats to share. But are they cooking them regularly night after night? Probably not. The majority of people are most likely making some variation of the same few recipes on repeat!
I as a health coach and someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen, try new things, and have variety in recipes still falls back to the basics and foundations of some solid recipes that work for me and my family. So ease up on any pressure you have for yourself for having something elaborate and totally different every night.
A staple dinner option for me is a bowl with some variations that change it up slightly.
Here are 5 simple dinner bowl ideas for you to try!
Grab whatever protein you have in the fridge/freezer, they all work here! Chicken, ground beed, steak, shrimp, salmon, pork, mahi, you name it! Toss it with your favorite taco seasoning or spices, in the pan or in the air fryer. Pairing with your veggies, greens, grains, and fats and toss it in a bowl! Dinner is served. This is great for those who need maybe more than 1 or 2 tacos.
My go-to taco bowl fixin’s: Grass-fed ground beef or wild caught Mahi, sautéed peppers & onions, tomatoes, avocado, Siete’s refried black beans, quinoa (if I’m super hungry), cilantro & hemp seeds to top off.
Spicy Salmon Bowl
A little Asian twist on a dinner you can throw together in 30 minutes. I always grab some frozen Wild-caught salmon from either Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to keep in the freezer for easy cooking. You can find the full recipe for the Spicy Salmon bowl here but feel free to make it your own. Pair with some rice or quinoa (pro tip - cooking it in bone broth to add more protein & flavor), and your favorite crunchy veggies to flavor and crunch, drizzled in your coconut aminos or spicy mayo sauce.
My go-to Spicy Salmon bowl fixins: Spicy Salmon, sliced cucumbers, shaved carrots, edamame, avocado, diced raw red peppers, cilantro, sprinkled with black sesame and hemp seeds.
Some of my favorite Mediterranean spices include oregano, dill, garlic, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Toss some chicken or any protein really in the air fryer/oven and bake. To top off add in some fresh yogurt-dill tzatziki.
My go-to Mediterranean bowl fixins: grilled chicken, a greens base of arugula/kale/spinach, a little bit of quinoa or lentils, some dairy-free yogurt, cucumber, and fresh dill, and a squeeze of lemon if we have it! YUM! Oh and if we have any hummus or chickpeas I toss those in too!
Pesto is a great source of dietary fats and phytonutrients from the bright green often from basil. This is something you can easily make at home or buy pre-made (my favorite is the Kale Pesto from Trader Joe’s). Note it does often come with cheese so if you are dairy free, try the TJ one. It also has added vegetable oils so be sure to check your brand if store-bought. I have a blog more on Pesto too for more ways to use this!
My go-to Pesto bowl fixins: I love to toss this in for a different spin on lunch or dinner. Pair with some chicken, sauteed tomatoes and spinach, mix in some zoodles and you have a flavor, veggie-packed meal.
Stir Fry Bowl
Stir fry might be one of the simplest meals you can make with the most amount of color! And you can use fresh or frozen veggies which makes it easy to keep your kitchen stocked up for a go-to weekday meal choice. And you can change up the protein you want to toss in to keep up some variety. Chicken, shrimp, steak, and salmon are some of my favorites.
My go-to stir-fry fixins: toss some broccoli, snap peas, peppers, onion, and mushrooms into the wok with chicken or shrimp. I always have coconut aminos in the kitchen so this is an easy staple (coconut aminos are a great way for a soy-free option!).