See this? This was dinner . . . on a weeknight . . . when I thought we had “nothing” in the house. A Real Simple article on “health bowls” in February 2014 was a game changer for me. It had a chart of ingredients (grains, veggies, proteins and dressings) and some ideas of how to make some flavorful roasted veggies (lemony carrots are featured here). I keep this dinner in my back pocket for when we need something healthy and I’m out of ideas.
On this particular night I just felt like we didn’t have anything left to make a meal. It was almost time for our monthly Costco run and the chest freezer was on empty. I had eggs and one wild salmon filet in the protein department. I found some bulgur and chopped up some baby carrots that I roasted with the lemon. There was some wilty Swiss chard in the fridge that I sautéed. And then I found some frozen peas. For a dressing I mixed up some tahini with yogurt and lemon juice and then sprinkled it with sesame seeds for some crunch. Voilà! Dinner is served.
The kids ate a variation of this: salmon, eggs, peas and bulgur. They were pretty happy, too.
What do you do when you’re in a pinch?