Recently Mac & I had some friends over for dinner. I didn’t really know what to make, so I ended up whipping up a bunch of things, piling them all together in a bowl, and calling it dinner! Mix n Match Dinner Bowls to be precise!

Mix n Match Dinner Bowls | A Taste of Trace

The above picture was of my leftovers the following day. Don’t worry, we do actually serve food to our friends & guests in proper bowls & plates and not Tupperware!

Whether you make one, or all of the components below, your taste buds are sure to be satisfied.

Mix n Match Dinner Bowls

Mixed greens (kale, living sprouts, living romaine) – all from my CSA Box.

Roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes. I love using Emily’s recipe for fluffy & crispy taters. First, you boil them for just a few minutes. Then you coat them with herbs & spices before baking them until fluffy, golden & crispy.

Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas. I already mentioned this recipe as a favourite, but I just can’t get enough! I tossed the chickpeas in the spice mix and baked them alongside the potatoes.

Marinated & Sautéed Mushrooms. This marinade recipe from One Ingredient Chef is low on ingredients, but high on flavour! In the morning, I made the marinade, sliced the mushrooms, and let soak all day. By dinnertime, the mushrooms were perfectly flavoured & ready to be sautéed in a pan before serving.

Pickled Red Onion. This was another make ahead component. And it couldn’t have been easier. Thinly slice a red onion (a mandolin would be perfect for this!), and combine in a container with some apple cider vinegar and whatever flavouring options you want (I used garlic cloves). I followed this recipe from The Kitchn (but omitted the sugar. I added a dash of maple syrup, but will likely omit when I make this again).

Yum Sauce. I just discovered this sauce from The Full Helping only a week or so ago and I’ve already made it 3 times. The vibrant yellow hue is visually astounding, and it tastes even better than it looks. It’s a mix of tahini, nutritional yeast, mustard & turmeric (among other things) and it’s been a total game changer! I could (and do) often eat it by the spoonful!


It’s obvious that I’m an avid (and maybe sometimes too enthusiastic) home cook, so I realise that the above meal in its entirety may not be feasible (or desirable) to prepare for everyone. That being said, a few of the components can be made ahead of time, and others only take a few minutes to prepare (cutting potatoes, or combining spices for the chickpeas for example). You don’t have to make everything I’ve listed here, just get creative in the kitchen and see what you can come up with!

Let me know if you end up making anything from these Mix n Match Dinner Bowls! I’ve got a red onion in my fridge that’s begging to be pickled!