Bowl of Goodness

This is a variation on a recipe from the Whole Foods app. The app used to let you put in an ingredient you had in your kitchen and it would offer recipes you could make. The original version of this recipe was called mighty bowl of goodness, let me go see if it still exists somewhere in the internet. It does! And it was called Mighty Bowl of Goodness. I can’t believe I remembered the name! Looking back on it I realize that I never even came close to making it the way it was prescribed. One, I hate kale. Two, I have no idea what Bragg Liquid Aminos are. They sound expensive.

No matter. The idea is sound. Make some form of grain, add some greens and protein and then add something to help hold it all together then viola! Dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast.

You get the idea. You can eat this when you are hungry.

Here is my version. I took the word ‘mighty’ off the title since I think that came from the liquid aminos? The chicken prep can be done in the oven or stovetop or in a toaster oven or just go buy a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or any precooked chicken you have)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grain of your choice (barley, rice, couscous, Israeli couscous, you get the idea)
  • Water or chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • Butter
  • Frozen vegetable or fresh greens that do not need to be cooked (kale, spinach, romaine, those delicate baby greens they sell that wilt when you look at them sideways)

What You’ll Do:

  • Cook your grain according to package directions, I use stock instead of water and I always put some butter in the pot. You don’t have to but it will be delicious if you do.
  • Coat the chicken in olive oil, salt and the pepper. Cook it at 400 degrees until internal temperature reaches whatever temperature won’t get us sued (165 degrees). If you are cooking it on the stovetop in a skillet, chop up the raw chicken then add oil and salt and pepper then cook in the pan until internal temperature reaches whatever temperature won’t get us sued (165 degrees).
  • Chop up the chicken. Chop up the greens. Heat up whatever frozen vegetable you decided on. Think about putting a little butter and salt on the vegetables? Again, it will be delicious. Have the grain ready to go. Okay. So everything is arrayed on the kitchen counter or table. I like to put the grain in the bowl first then the meat then the greens or vegetable and then I douse the entire thing with low sodium soy sauce and sriracha and then I eat it while watching TV because I am an animal.
  • You can put your food together in whatever order you want. You don’t have to add soy sauce or sriracha. I have a friend who makes this and she uses romaine lettuce, whatever vegetables are gently weeping in her fridge, rotochick (thank you Chrissy Teigen for that excellent word) and then ranch dressing! Yes. She makes a salad. And she throws cooked  barley on top rather than croutons. She’s a genius. One time she didn’t have barley so she threw corn chips on top. Can you even? Told you she’s a genius.
  • This was a super easy one so maybe clean up the kitchen yourself so as to appear as if you are still ‘part of the team.’ That’s a sports metaphor. People really like them so I use them even though I know next to nothing about most sports. I know bits and pieces about baseball but there is always some statistics asshole who ruins every casual baseball conversation normal people try to engage in. Reeling off facts and figures isn’t a conversation. It’s a lecture and no one paid you to talk so shut your pie-hole until someone asks you to provide the OBP of Who Gives-Afuck’s rookie season. And don’t hold your breath.
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