Make a Japanese Power Bowl with Quick Miso Vinaigrette for lunch to power through the mid-week slump!
There’s always a debate about whether to buy lunch or brown bag it to work. Now that I work from home, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to whip up a healthy (hot, if I choose) lunch every day, but when I worked in an office I didn’t have that luxury. I frequently packed salads or power bowls like this, and Fridays were reserved for lunch out!
These bowls have a lot going on flavor-wise, but a very balanced profile. If you’re not familiar with miso paste, it is paste made from fermented soybeans and frequently rice or barley. Its salty, umami flavor can be used to add complexity to a variety of dishes. Like other fermented foods, miso contains probiotics, so I like to stir it into cooked dishes (like soup) at the very end of cooking, or add it to salad dressings like this one. (If you’re wondering where to find it, I get my miso from the international aisle at my regular grocery store.)
Not only is the flavor profile balanced for this recipe, but the nutritional profile is as well. There is a generous amount of greens, brown rice is our whole grain, and edamame and egg add protein. And here’s a tip: I used hard-boiled eggs in this recipe to make sure this is an easy lunch to pack for work, but if you’re not brown bagging it, feel free to make a soft-boiled, poached, or even fried egg instead (because runny yolk…yum!).
Best of all, this meal comes together in 10 minutes and makes two servings! Share with a friend, or have lunch set for two days.
Get the full recipe for my Japanese Power Bowl with Quick Miso Vinaigrette on Earthbound Farm!
Disclosure: I received the Earthbound Farm product that I used in this recipe for free, and I also received compensation for this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe. As always, opinions stated are my own.