05 October 2010

one-bowl lunch

During my visit to Portland I grabbed lunch at one of the city's famous food carts (they have over 450 and Budget Travel voted them the World's Best Street Food) called The Whole Bowl.

They serve just one thing:  The Whole Bowl.
The bowl is filled with brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, sour cream, Tillamook cheddar, cilantro, and the secret lemony-garlicky "Tali" sauce.  Or as The Portland Mercury says, "a big, hearty bowl of tasty hippie stuff."
This is what I want for lunch every day, or at least something like it.  Easy enough though, right?  You just need a grain (rice, couscous, quinoa, barley, etc.); protein (black beans, lentils, chickpeas or even some tofu/tempeh/grilled chicken); veggies (avocado, bell peppers, onion, corn); cheese and a sauce (oil and vinegar, salsa or your favorite dressing).

I remember reading that Wendy at Moop just throws together a similar type of bowl for lunch most days and I've seen other "templates" around here and here Do you have a favorite one-bowl lunch?  Or any promising combinations you'd like to try?

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