Have You Tried Abundance Bowls?

Smoked Trout & Broccoli Bowls

They’re a new name for a very old idea…

Put some delicious ingredients in a bowl.

Add a sauce.

Dinner or lunch is ready.

I came across the term ‘abundance bowl’ in Sarah Wilson’s great book ‘Simpilicious’.

Since then I’ve been thinking of my lunches and simple dinners as Abundance Bowls.

Which as my friend Linda said…
“Sounds much nicer than leftovers.”

And when I got this email from one of my students, I was so happy.

Your abundance bowls are the bomb.
Such a good core idea that’s really helping me this week.
Thank you!”

Ready to try an abundance bowl for yourself? It’s easy.

Abundance Bowls

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 200-400 g raw or cooked veggies see list below for ideas
  • 100-250 g cooked protein see list below for ideas
  • 1-3 tablespoons sauce see list below for ideas


  1. Place veggies in the bottom of your bowl.
  2. Top with protein and sauce. Enjoy!

Variations & Substitutions

My most common faves are poached eggs or sardines for lunches and cooked fish or meat for dinner – either freshly cooked or prepared ahead. Here’s a list to get you thinking:

Or it can be a combo of any of the above.

I use leftover salads / veg from other meals. Lately I’ve also been prepping a big batch of one or two veg on the weekend. My current faves are steamed broccoli and cooked greens (usually kale). If you eat grains, you can include them as part of your veggie component.

  • Washed Salad Leaves
  • Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Cooked Greens / Kale / Spainch / Chard / Collards / Asian Greens
  • Fresh Herbs (combined with other veg)
  • Defrosted + Warmed Frozen Greens
  • Any Roast Veg
  • Any Steamed Veg
  • Any Grilled Veg
  • Shaved Raw Cabbage
  • Grated Raw Veg / Carrots / Beets / Zucchini / Cauliflower / Broccoli
  • Cooked Cabbage
  • Cooked / Canned Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
  • Any other veg you’re happy to eat!

To make sure your abundance bowl is super delicious AND filling enough. It’s essential to include some fats in the form of a tasty sauce. You’ll notice some of these double up as proteins and veggies as well. So no need to stick to the tablespoon amount for those.

For more in depth ideas see the Abundance Bowls Bonus.

Problem Solving Guide

bland – more salt! more sauce. Or add in a flavour bomb.

too dry – more sauce!

Prepare Ahead

Yes! Just prepare as per the recipe. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Depending on the veg and sauce they can be frozen.

For more specific examples see My Formula for a Perfect Weekday Lunch.

Have You Tried Abundance Bowls?

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below…

Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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