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Consider the Sum Instead of the Parts
When we eat meals on plates, the ingredients are often kept separate, with the main and sides all in their proper places. But if we think of the parts as one (multi-component) dish—poof! Things instantly transform into a familiar, comfortable supper, says Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon. Nestle and layer the ingredients on top of each other, and the mood of your meal will shift from stuffy to laid-back. Although the treatment works with so many meals, it's especially well suited to chopped salads and veggie-and-rice dishes, since those kinds of meals often necessitate a bowl to get a satisfying bite that combines a little bit of everything.