This dinner was inspired by a new cookbook “Bowl + Spoon” by Sara Forte from the blog Sprouted Kitchen. I enthusiastically recommend this book which is filled with wonderful photographs by Hugh Forte and delicious ideas for one bowl meals. The recipes are mostly vegetarian (some include fish), and many vegan. There is something very comforting about dinner in a single bowl you can hold it in your hand, and eat with a spoon. Don’t you think? Can you see yourself on a cold evening settled by the fire with a good book? Or, snuggled up against a pile of pillows under a down comforter in bed? And I love the simplicity of it, very minimalist.
This is a meal that will lend itself to many variations. All you need is a grain (I used brown rice), and some roast vegetables. If you would like to add a protein, a fried egg is good…the runny yolk creating a nice sauce. Add some “odd flavor sauce” for an extra punch.
If you need inspiration on roasting, I suggest taking a look at the 3 part series on roasting vegetables by Elaine from the blog Foodbod. You will find a link to her blog here. It’s the best comprehensive tutorial I’ve read on-line and she has some wonderful ideas.
You don’t need a recipe for this, so here are the informal directions. Steam some brown rice, roast some vegetables, fry an egg, eat. Oh, and if you have some Yum sauce on hand, it will definitely spice things up.
This type of meal lends itself to a Zen like simplicity. It’s a wonderful way to use up leftovers, especially if you have some leftover grilled veggies on hand. It’s one of my favorite lunches.