Five Best Bowl Foods

Bowl foods are trending! We’ve put together our five best bowl food meals to get you back to healthy eating after a chocolate filled Easter!

Bowl foods were earmarked to make it big this year. For those not in the know, these are meals served in one bowl. A combination of ingredients which will fill and sustain, while giving you the essentials you need to stay healthy and satisfied. Add to that the fact that serving in a bowl helps control portion size and you’re onto a winner, according to the food trend predictors!

These meals are also very much about enjoyment as well as health, combining ingredients with different colours, textures and tastes, bound together with a flavoursome dressing to make it all go down a treat. To help you get over the chocolate slump of Easter, we’ve injected some seriously good tastes into our five best bowl foods based on Irish ingredients, perfect for this time of year.

Just so you know, we are using one standard sized soup/cereal bowl as a serving.

Big Breakfast Porridge Bowl

Make up Irish porridge oats according to pack instructions, using full fat milk, or low fat milk or water if you want to keep calories down. Spoon into your bowl. Top with chopped banana and a dessertspoonful of mixed toasted seeds (sunflower, pumpkin etc.). Finish with a drizzle of Irish honey or a luxurious touch of Highbank Orchard Organic Syrup. A sustaining bowlful which will last you through to lunch. In summer, you can adapt this to use Irish seasonal soft fruits and a drizzle of Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Cordial.

Tasty Trout Bowl

Perfect for lunch. Fill your bowl with generous spoonfuls of soaked couscous, canned drained sweetcorn, halved cherry tomatoes and finely sliced red onions. The idea is to add each ingredient in separate piles, so you see the colours and textures. Remember we eat with our eyes. Break up Goatsbridge cooked trout fillet into big chunks (chilled or canned) and perch on top. Mix together 2 tbsp Irish Rapeseed Oil (from Donegal Rapeseed Oil or Harnetts Oils) with a squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning to taste. Pour over your bowl and serve.

Spice is Nice Bowl

Here’s one for curry lovers. Stir 1-2 tsp medium curry paste into 2 tbsp of Irish natural yogurt and pour over a skinless chicken fillet. Leave for thirty minutes. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Cook in a non-stick skillet with a little oil added until browned on the outside and cooked through. Meanwhile, fill your bowl with some cooked Basmati rice, chickpeas, sliced cucumber and finely shredded carrot. When the chicken is ready, cool slightly then cut into thickish slices and pop on top. Dress with more natural yogurt flavoured with mint sauce, crushed garlic and seasoning. Yummy.

Rua Roast Cauliflower Bowl

This one is based on a superb Roast Cauliflower Salad from Cafe Rua in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. We’re taking the chef’s advice here, and bulking this out with chickpeas, so you get a good sustaining bowlful which will fit for supper. Check out the recipe here, and don’t forget to add 2 tbsp cooked chickpeas per serving to each bowl!

Donnybrook Fair Superfood Salad Bowl

A mix of broccoli, beetroot, sweet potato and healthy seeds, this colourful salad makes a wonderful superfood bowl. Eat this when you want to boost your energy and give yourself a big vitamin blast!  Find the recipe here.