~ by Janet Helm, MS, RD
I've been bowled over by this trend. Salads are so last year. Now it's all about the Power Bowl -- an all-in-one meal in a bowl comprised of a grain (often quinoa, noodles, brown rice, or another whole grain), a variety of chopped vegetables, meat or beans, and a tasty sauce to tie it all together.
Welcome to the era of the Power Bowl. The dish is also being called a Buddha Bowl (possibly because it's packed so full of goodness that it bulges like Buddha's belly or simply a lunch or dinner bowl. It's even a trend at breakfast. Just do a search on Pinterest for Power Bowls and Buddha Bowls -- and you'll see just how big this trend is getting. There's even a #powerbowl movement on Instagram.
Maybe this all got started in restaurants -- where a lot of food trends begin. Panera has a Power Menu. Chipotle has Burrito Bowls. Even new quick-service restaurant concepts are being built around the bowl, including Protein Bar, Backyard Bowls, and the Power Bowl. A restaurant called First Watch recently won the 2014 Healthful Innovations Award from MenuMasters for its Quinoa Power Bowl, a combination of quinoa, grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, feta and a basil pesto sauce. So expect to see even more menu items served up in a bowl.
Check out the frozen food section at your supermarket and you'll find lots of Power Bowls, from entrees to breakfast. The fresh produce aisle also features new Power Bowl kits to make it easy to create a meal in a bowl.
Healthy Aperture bloggers are fully on top of this trend. Featured above is the Mexican Turkey and Bean Quinoa Bowl by I Will Not Eat Oysters. The bowl concept works well with Mexican flavors, but it's equally adapted for Asian-style meals made with noodles, like the Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl below or Rainbow Soba Bowls by Arielle Likes To Cook, Homemade Ramen Bowls by A Side of Sweet, and Spicy Thai Shrimp Bowls by Prevention RD.
Check out some of the other creations from Healthy Aperture bloggers for inspiration to make your own Power Bowls at home.
Black Bean and Avocado Power Bowl with Hummus Dressing
To try the Black Bean and Avocado Power Bowl with Hummus Dressing, visit The Texitarian
Elevate Your Senses Power Bowl
If you'd like to make the Elevate-Your-Senses Power Bowl, check out Blissful Basil for the recipe.
Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl
Visit Feasting at Home to find the recipe for the Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl.