“Bowl Food” Is In For 2017
Considering the title of this here article, chances are you’re reading it because you’re either wondering what the heck bowl food is, or you fall under the other half of the American population and you’re thinking “yes!” For those of you who aren’t familiar, with bowl food, it’s this wild new concept that pushes plates to the curb with the aim in serving meals in bowls. If you’re one of those who can spend hours on end scrolling through user generated social media feeds (e.g. Instagram, Pintrest, Tumblr) you’ve probably noticed that as of late, #foodporn is almost always #bowlfood.
Depending on who you ask, there are two different theories of why bowl food is on the rise. Some believe that it must have something do with society’s rising awareness of health and wellbeing and the drive to be fit. This leads us to many popular health foods – such as broth soup, oatmeal, salad, and fiber-filled cereal – which are typically served in bowls. Of course, one should not merely assume that just because something is served in a bowl, that it is healthier. As we should not forget that some of the yummiest and unhealthiest foods are typically served in bowl fashion; ice cream, macaroni and cheese, and creamy chowders are just a few examples.
Others believe that the bowl food trend has something to do with the ordinary convenience that a bowl provides to the person eating out of it. Today, many people are eating on the sofa while they watch tv or nuzzled up next to a lover while sitting on a love seat and depending on a person’s age and work or school demands, they may be eating while sitting at a desk or bundled up in bed reading a book. Not one of these (very common) situations allows for even the most skilled individual to feast from a plate. Thus, leading us to the conscience of the rounded dish.
Whatever the reason, the trend of bowl foods is on the rise and getting even more popular as we speak. In fact, many of today’s hottest restaurants are severing up their entries bowl style. So – if you haven’t already – are you ready to take part in this tasty trend? If so, check out the versatile breakfast bowl recipe below.
One of the best things about breakfast bowls is that you can choose from a variety of different ingredients and still end up with a healthy meal. For this recipe, you’ll need to layer six ingredients, but because bowls are all about versatility, we have provided you with three different options for each layer (so keep in mind when making your bowl to only chose one ingredient per the list of three). Check it out:
Layer one (this should be the bottom most layer): Start with about ½ cup of a whole grain; choose from rolled oats, quinoa, or brown rice.
Layer two: now you’ll want to add about 1 cup of liquid to the base layer; choose from regular milk, low-fat buttermilk, or brewed green tea. If the grain you chose was un-cooked, steep it in the microwave with your selected liquid, being sure to follow the directions on the package for appropriate temperature and timing.
Layer three: this layer is built with about ½ cup of goods from the garden like fruit or veggies; chose from blueberries, shredded apple, or steamed butternut squash.
Layer four: this layer is where you can add some more texture and crunch to the bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of seeds or nuts; choose from sliced almonds, ground flax seed, or tahini.
Layer five: As the contents of the bowl reach the top, this layer is meant for 1-2 tablespoons of optional extra flavoring; choose from golden raisins, dried cherries, or candied ginger.
Layer six: This final tops the bowl off with 1-3 teaspoons of sweetener; choose from honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup.