These types of bowls are my go-to meals. I never get tired of them because I can endlessly switch things up by choosing a different grain, veggie, protein or sauce. They’re never boring and always so satisfying.
These are called macro bowls because they contain an ideal balance of all three macronutrients. They typically include a whole grain base (in this case, quinoa), a protein (here, edamame), a healthy fat (avocado, of course!), lots of vegetables, and some seaweeds for an extra dose of nutrients and trace minerals. Choosing foods of different colours is an easy way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs (and bonus, they make your meal look prettier!).
Seaweed gomasio is one of my favourite condiments and one I would highly encourage you to make at home. I used to buy Eden Food’s seaweed gomasio but soon realized I could make my own for a fraction of the cost, and in just a few minutes. It only requires three ingredients: sesame seeds, sea salt and seaweed flakes (I used nori here, but other seaweed flakes such as kombu or dulse would work too). Simply toast the seeds and salt, and crush them with the seaweeds in a mortar and pestle. It’s as simple as that!
I sprinkle it on everything (salads, roasted veggies, hummus, toasts, bowls, popcorn and so on!) for an instant boost of flavour, crunch and nutrition.
There’s lots of room for improvisation in this recipe, and you could swap any of the suggested ingredients for what you have on hand. I like to include a mix of cooked and raw vegetables for texture.
Feel free to use another whole grain like brown rice or millet if you prefer. If you avoid soy products, you can easily replace the edamame with another bean, legume or protein of your choice. Served with a slightly spicy, garlicky tahini sauce and a generous sprinkle of homemade gomasio, this rainbow bowl will make your eyes, belly and body happy.
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