You pull out mac and cheese for the kids, but you probably want something more filling for yourself. Enter autumn bowls. They have all the components of a complete and healthy meal that will leave you satisfied.
April Tafoya shares the basic recipe for these seasonal meals that let you get creative in the kitchen.
Find more recipes from April on Instagram, @whatsformealprep
What is an Autumn Bowl?
- Autumn bowls go by several different names including harvest bowls, grain bowls, and Buddha bowls
- They’re comparable to a salad, but with warm, nourishing ingredients.
- Autumn bowls take advantage of the fall and winter produce that’s available to us: Things like potatoes, winter squash, and root vegetables like beets and parsnips.
Components of an Autumn Bowl
- Roasted vegetables: Broccoli, carrots, beets, potatoes, and winter squashes, like delicata or butternut squash.
- A protein source: Common proteins are tofu cubes, boiled eggs, seasoned chickpeas, lentils, or beans.
- Grains: April loves adding nutty, earthy grains to autumn bowls. Grains like quinoa and farro are her top choices because they’re hearty and nutritious.
- A killer sauce: The sauce does the heavy lifting in bringing autumn bowls to life. Sauces also distinguish the flavor of the autumn bowl—it’s where you can customize your bowl to your liking. Here are some common autumn bowl sauces:
- Tahini (lemon-herb tahini or garlic tahini)
- Peanut sauce
- Green goddess
- Basil or kale pesto