Build-a-Bowl Cookbook Review

Build-a-Bowl Cookbook Review

Title: Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying & Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal
Author: Nicki Sizemore
Published: October 2, 2018, Storey Publishing, LLC
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $18.95 Paperback, $9.58 Kindle

Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying & Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal by Nicki Sizemore is an innovative cookbook with great ideas for full meals served in a bowl. The cookbook, complete with beautiful photographs (unfortunately not of every dish) will give cooks great ideas to put together healthy grains with vegetables, proteins, and sauces that make nutritious and delicious meals.

The recipes include breakfast bowls, fruit bowls, vegetarian bowls, and bowls with proteins and eggs. The photographs make the bowls look mouthwatering, and Sizemore gives great instructions for preparing the individual elements of the bowls. Actually, there is something for everyone in this fun cookbook. There is a Quick & Easy Thai-Style Vegetable Curry that is excellent, as well as a Crunchy Vietnamese-Inspired Chicken & Rice Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing that is crunchy and delicious. The Bibimbap-Style Steak with Bok Choy, Carrots & Kimchi with Gochujang Sauce is the hands-down favorite so far, but there are several dishes in the queue that may upstage that dish. Everything isn’t Asian - Za’atar Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower & Pomegranate Molasses has a Middle Eastern character, and All-American Roasted Salmon & Asparagus. Also included are Chicken Burrito Bowls with Guacamole (south of the border), and Italian Sausage Meatballs with Fresh Ricotta & Crispy Broccoli with Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce. Sizemore has included recipes from regions all over the world, and they all include nutritious grains mixed with fresh vegetables and a variety of proteins including eggs, seafood, poultry, and meats.

These bowls are delicious, and the separate parts are easy to prepare; many can be made ahead, so that the bowls can be assembled in a matter of minutes. The recipes are easy to follow and the recipes have turned out picture perfect. These bowls will appeal to everyone, and this cookbook has excellent ideas to turn out meals that are both healthy and appealing.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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