Build a Bowl

Emily DaFoe

Summer is perfect time to eat less meat, eat more veggies, shop at the farmers market, grow your food, and introduce easy week night dinner options.

Our family eats a TON of veggies so I thought it would be fun to create a “build your own bowl” night. This is also something that can be made ahead of time to make dinner very easy on you after a long day at the beach or pool.



  • Grain - Choose your favorite - white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, etc.

  • Dice up your desired veggies - I use green veggies like broccoli, snap peas, zucchini, brussel sprouts, avocado, kale or spinach.

  • Protein - If you want, choose your favorite protein. I tend to go for chicken or straight veggies, but sometimes I’ll try tofu or salmon.

  • Sauce - Rather than soy sauce, we use Braggs liquid amino acids or coconut amino acids.


Cook your desired grains and set aside.


Cut and steam all of your veggies and put them into their own serving bowls. I cook mine separately the put them into individual bowls.


Chop up and cook any protein of you choosing however you want - even if that means picking up a roasted chicken at the market. Keep it easy on yourself.


Build your bowl. Once it’s all cooked, invite your family to build their own bowl. It’s a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. It also makes them feel like they have a choice in what they are eating, but you know it’s all healthy and delicious

There are a lot of kid’s culinary tools that are safe and fun for them to use. This let them help with meals and gets them involved in how to cook and the experience of preparing food. The Curious Chef is our favorite.