That is a million dollar question every night in my house.
We have all been there:
Your tummy is making some hangry noises while your eyes are glazing over as they stare into the fridge. Maybe closing the fridge and reopening it will help…something would magically appear, right?
When I was first diagnosed with PCOS, trying to come up with something that was PCOS compliant felt like a chore.
I knew the recipe had to meet a certain criteria:
It had to be made up of 100% whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, nuts, or seeds.
It should not have any white flour stuff, processed junk, sugar, oil, etc.
(If you need the criteria, grab my PCOS Diet Cheat Sheet by clicking here)
So, what could I eat?
I hit the one place I was bound to find some ideas: Pinterest!
There were no shortage of ideas, that is for sure. However, those that said “PCOS-friendly” weren’t always “PCOS-friendly”.
I was getting a little discouraged when I would look through the recipes. They seemed to be either very complicated, sounded nasty (I’m a picky eater), or just seemed to take too much time to prep. I definitely did not have time for that.
The other kicker?
So many of them were still promoting low carb, keto, or paleo diets. These are dead wrong for us Cysters. Here are two articles I wrote explaining why: here and here.
That’s when I was ready to give up.
Enter my friend Heather. This kitchen ninja turned me onto BOWLS and I have never looked back. They are the easiest way to make yummy dishes that meet my PCOS food criteria.
What are bowls?
They are the latest trend in one dish cooking where you mix a bunch of ingredients all together in one big dish.
Okay…there is nothing new or revolutionary about these, but they are the latest buzz word when it comes to creating recipes…and for good reason.
THEY ARE SIMPLE, EASY, and YUMMY.
The options are unlimited. You can combine such a wide array of ingredients that you will never get bored. Whether you are into Seafood, Mexican, Asian, BBQ, or any other favorite dish, you can find something you will love with this whole bowl concept.
So, how do you make it PCOS-Friendly and keep it simple at the same time?
- Start with your base. In the bottom of the bowl you are going to add ½-1 cup of 100% whole grains such as rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, pasta, or even root vegetables such as white or sweet potatoes.
- You will then choose ½-1 cup of legumes such as kidney, black, pinto, cannellini, navy, or lima beans, or your choice of lentils.
- Next, you will add your greens. Choose ½-1 cup of raw greens such as kale, chard, spinach, lettuces, or sprouts.
- Don’t forget your other veggies. The next layer you will add 1 cup of your favorite veggies. These can be roasted, steamed, or raw. Some examples would be broccoli, asparagus, carrots, mushrooms, onions, corn, peas, peppers, tomatoes, or zucchini.
- If you would like to do a meat, keep it less than 3 oz. just a few times a week and choose from chicken, turkey, or fish. However, I recommend using animal products as few times as possible.
- Finally, come your condiments. Depending on what the overall flair of your dish calls for, some of my favorite toppings would be guacamole, salsa, lemon/lime juice, avocado, nutritional yeast, or herbs and spices such as chilies, cayenne pepper, parsley, cilantro, basil, etc.
Really the sky’s the limit.
The beauty of bowls is how simple and customizable they can be. I can look in my fridge and throw a bunch of ingredients together. It has turned this hate-to-cook cyster into a kitchen ninja.
Have you given it a shot? If so, what have your favorite combinations been?
Did you think I was going to leave you hanging after walking you through all that goodness without giving you some of my favorite combinations?
Here are my favorite bowl recipes from around the blog-o-verse:
Oh…here’s one more goodie…