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Choose Your Own Adventure Bowl

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Choose Your Own Adventure Bowl

Apr 21, 2021

Stop Food Waste Blog

Re-imagine your leftovers with the "Choose Your Own Adventure Bowl" from Food Shift.

This past Saturday, we celebrated Earth Day and the inspiring work of youth activists in our community. The kickoff event featured local artists, activists, school champions, and Chef Jen from Food Shift who shared a delicious way to re-imagine your leftovers!

Rather than using a recipe, her “Choose Your Own Adventure Bowl” provides guidelines on how to use an assortment of vegetables, proteins, and sauces that you already have at home to build a plant-based bowl. Making use of what’s in your kitchen helps to reduce food waste at home, and encourages us to get creative in the kitchen. Whether it’s a burrito bowl, teriyaki bowl, or even a veggie burger bowl–you can tailor the recipe to your tastes and choose your own eating adventure!

Check out Jen’s full recipe and watch the full cooking demo below, and look to our Leftover (Re)Imagined Bingo Card for guidelines on how to incorporate Re-spicing, Re-ducing and Re-imagining your ingredients into your next meal!


Choose Your Own Adventure Bowl

Yield: 4 Bowls

Use this template to create a nourishing and flavorful meal with the ingredients you have on hand. The guidelines give you ideas of how to start with starch as a base, an assortment of protein, vegetables and sauce and leaves the creativity up to you and your taste preferences. There are tons of possibilities!

INGREDIENTS

3 - 4 cups cooked starch

2 cups cooked protein

4 cups (or more) fruits and vegetables, choose at least 2

4 cups greens

1 tsp (or more) spices (optional)

¼ - ½ cup condiments or sauces

¼ cup next level additions (optional)

1 Tbsp chopped herbs (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Divide cooked starch among 4 bowls. The starch can be served warm or cold.

2. Top each bowl with protein, fruit and/or vegetables and greens. Add spices while cooking proteins, vegetables or greens, if using.

3. Drizzle bowls with condiments or sauce.

4. Sprinkle each bowl with next level additions and herbs as a garnish, if using.

 

A few ideas to get you started but remember, this is your own adventure!

  • Burrito Bowl: Brown Rice, Black or Pinto Beans, Shredded Cabbage, Avocado, Salsa, Pickled Jalapeno, Cilantro

  • Teriyaki Bowl: White Rice, Tofu, Broccoli, Carrots, Bok Choy, Pineapple, Ginger, Green Onions, Teriyaki Sauce, Sesame Seeds

  • Burger Bowl: Roasted Potatoes, Veggie Burger, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Pickles, Ketchup/Mayo Drizzle

  • Southern-Style Bowl: Grits, Red Beans, Cooked Greens, Onion, Bell Pepper, Diced Tomato, Cayenne, Parsley

 

Starch

Protein

Fruit & Vegetables

Spices

Greens

Condiments & Sauces

Herbs

Next Level Additions

White or Brown Rice

Beans

Cucumber

Ginger

Arugula

Salsa

Cilantro

Olives

Wild Rice

Lentils

Tomatoes

Red Pepper Flake

Lettuce

Hummus

Parsley

Nuts & Seeds

Roasted Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Tofu

Pineapple

Cayenne

Collard Greens

Soy Sauce

Basil

Pickled Vegetables

Couscous

Eggs

Onions (any color)

Chili Powder

Kale

Teriyaki Sauce

Mint

Fermented Vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut

Quinoa

Edamame

Bell Peppers

Curry Powder

Spinach

Pesto

 

Avocado

Barley

 

Corn

 

Chard

Salad Dressing

 

 

Pasta

 

Carrots

 

 

Mayonnaise/ Ketchup

 

 

Polenta or Grits

 

Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Food Shift is a Chef Partner of Stop Food Waste. Learn more about Food Shift and their programs to rescue surplus food that would otherwise waste away in landfills and utilize it to fuel their social enterprise kitchen.

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