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Episode 103: How to Build a Bowl Meal


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There is nothing more magical than turning bits and pieces of leftovers, pantry items, and all those things in the fridge about turn into a satisfying family-meal. And the best part, bowl meals can be customized. Eating well while moving fast, reducing waste, and making sure everyone gets what they want? Magical indeed.

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One Bowl, Endless Options

We’re big fans of bowl meals. How else can you feed everyone with what you already have on hand, in a way that every eater can make their own?

Building a diverse repertoire around this kind of convenient, flexible dinner is especially handy during the craziness of back-to-school, but honestly, bowl meals save us year round. And this week, we break down how to make one — with endless options — so that they can save you too.

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Easy, Family Friendly BBQ Bowls

As you might have heard, we love making a big batch of shredded pork or chicken for meal prep and these bowls are a tasty way to use up the last bits of a batch. You can use any base you like — sweet potato, grits, corn pudding, — but Meghan would insist you use biscuits.

Serves 4 to 6

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/4 pounds
3/4 cup BBQ sauce 
2 cups bread or biscuit cubes, baked sweet potato, or roasted vegetables
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoon white apple cider, or white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 (14-ounce) bag shredded coleslaw mix
3 to 4 ounces Bada Bean Bada Boom Broad Beans in BBQ or Ranch Flavor, optional for garnish

Cook the chicken: Combine the chicken breast and BBQ sauce in an electric pressure cooker. Secure the lid and set the cooker for HIGH pressure and 10 minutes cook time. While the chicken cooks prepare the cole slaw.

Make the coleslaw: Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to coat.

Assemble the bowls: Release the pressure cooker’s vent and let cool to unlock. Shred the chicken. Fill each bowl with your base and top with the chicken and coleslaw. Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce if desired and top with crunchy BadaBeanBadaBoom beans just before serving.


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