Weeknight Meals: One-Bowl Dinners


As May comes to a close and we move into the summer month of June, the garden is in full bloom again and the weather is becoming warmer with each day.  Along with more pleasant temperatures and prettier surroundings comes fresher food.  For dinner tonight, try adding some local in-season produce with pantry staples like nuts, beans and grains for a nutrient-packed, healthy, wholesome meal.

There is an easy way to get fiber, protein and vitamins in a single meal if to use our easy all-purpose recipe for one-bowl meals.

1) Start with your favorite grain: Great options include rice, oats, quinoa or couscous.

Grains

2) Add a protein:  You can choose any kind of protein you want, whether it be legumes, like lentils, lima beans or adzuki beans or meats like beef, chicken or pork–protein is an important component of a meal.  However you choose, remember protein helps you stay more full, longer.

Proteins

3) Add fresh ingredients:  Add fresh seasonal produce:  Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and spinach, are a few veggies that are in season now.  An easy and healthy way to cook Brussels sprouts, carrots and cauliflower is to roast them in the oven with a little olive oil and spices.

Veg

4) Enjoy!  Layered dinner bowls have limitless options! They can be packed with nutrients, easy to make and offer a great lunch option the next day.  Remember, be creative and try different combinations!

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