55 Hearty Meals in a Bowl
Sometimes simplicity is the best solution. Treat yourself to a one-bowl meal (and we're not talking about soup) that mixes everything up in a great tumbled combination of awesome flavors. Whether you're into seafood, rice, burritos, noodles, or any other favorite dish or flavor, you can find a fantastic bowl that suits your tastes and feeds your appetite. If all you've ever used those bowls for are soup, salad, or cereal, get ready to widen those horizons!
Shrimp and Bean Burrito Bowl
Sweet chili sauce is not too sweet, spicy, or salty--great for an instant glaze on the shrimp, in marinades, or as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or chicken kebabs. Find it in the international aisle of most supermarkets. If you can't find it, sub regular chili sauce (such as Heinz), or skip the sauce and squeeze a lime wedge over top. For a vegetarian main, use cubed tofu instead of shrimp, and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock in the bean mixture. Serve with Mango-Jalapeño Slaw.
Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl
This is a Tex-Mex riff on the Korean rice dish bibimbap, in which various toppings are arranged over a bed of rice. Here, burrito bowl must-haves such as smoky black beans, fresh pico de gallo, and slaw top brown rice.
Quinoa Bibimbop Bowls
Bibimbop is a Korean dish that means "mixed rice." For this version, we took a hearty grain like quinoa and served it with crunchy vegetables and a fried egg. Jalapeño seeds add heat to the spicy-sweet beef mixture; remove the seeds and membranes before mincing for sensitive palates. Let the family build their own bowls, so this way, everyone's happy.
Carne Asada Bowls
Instead of a fried shell, crunchy tortilla chips mingle in a base of crisp, sturdy romaine. Serve with rice.
Chicken Gyro Bowls
The spice rub for the meat marries just as well with fish fillets, shrimp, or lean ground lamb or beef. Make a few extra batches of the rub and store it in an airtight container to use all summer long.
Tangy Chicken-Farro Bowl
This fresh and colorful bowl is high in protein and makes a good post-workout dish. If you have trouble finding lingonberry, cranberry preserves are a fine substitute.
Millet Amaranth Buddha Bowls
Imagine a classic Asian-style rice bowl, but with a risotto-like blend of millet and amaranth as the base. At Vital Root in Denver, chef-owner Justin Cucci tops the grains with loads of vegetables and tofu, then drizzles on a silky tahini sauce.
Peruvian Steak and Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl
This hearty steak dish is chock full of protein and healthy fats.
Mushroom and Chicken Marsala Bowls
Rich chicken thighs are supremely satisfying when paired with lots of buttery browned mushrooms.
Kasha with Kale and Pancetta
In our favorite new weeknight meal, kasha and a poached egg rev up greens and smoky pork. The recipe comes from Sandy Sonnenfelt, prepared-foods director at Market Hall Foods and its flagship store, The Pasta Shop in Oakland.
Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
These easy, delicious veggie bowls can be on your table in less time than it takes to drive to the local taco joint.
Tex-Mex Rice Bowl
Tex-Mex Rice Bowl is your answer to a quick & easy one-dish meal for those busy weeknights. A pouch of precooked brown rice gives a head-start to getting this meal to the table fast. Serve with Avocado-Butter Lettuce Salad.
California Caprese Bowl
The bright and fresh flavors of caprese salad are combined in this one-bowl meal.
Tuna Poke Bowls with Brown Rice and Kale
Poke (pronounced POH-keh) is a popular Hawaiian salad featuring raw tuna. "Sushi-grade" tuna means that it is the highest-quality fish offered at the market. Seek out a reputable fishmonger or retailer, and don't be afraid to ask where the fish came from and how long it has been there.
Fresh Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
Making stock has never been easier, thanks to the slow cooker. You can also use unsalted chicken stock as a substitute.
Banh Mi Bowls
We deconstruct the classic Vietnamese sandwich for a whole-grain bowl that's perfect for make-ahead lunches or dinner. If you haven't quick pickled your own vegetables before, you'll be suprised by how easy it is. Not sure how to use the rest of the chile paste? Try tossing green beans with a couple teaspoons (along with honey, soy sauce, garlic, and canola oil) and roasting, spread a little on grilled cheese, and add it to dressing for cucumber salad.
Shrimp and Pea Rice Bowl
Serve this delicious shrimp bowl with a side of bread to round out the meal if desired.
Southern Barbecue Bowl
This bowl offers some big Southern flavors. With tangy white sauce, barbecue pork shoulder and pickles, this bowl tastes like it's straight out of a great BBQ joint.
Chicken Yakitori Rice Bowl
Mirin is a rice wine low in alcohol, and most of it cooks off in this recipe. For a nonalcoholic substitute, use a mixture of equal parts rice vinegar and sugar.
Quinoa and Brown Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Tahini
"While in Los Angeles filming the second season of Top Chef Just Desserts last year, I discovered Café Gratitude, a vegan café with a cult following," Gail Simmons says. "For me, its fresh, simple food was the perfect antidote to all that sugar. I became addicted to aptly named dishes like I Am Fortified—a bowl of whole grains with lots of cooked vegetables. When I got back to New York, I developed my own version."
Egg-Topped Quinoa Bowl with Kale
Here, the yolk of the fried egg serves as a dressing (without you having to do anything extra) to coat nutrient-dense quinoa. Pancetta adds a snap of savory satisfaction to earthy kale, while all-season cherry tomatoes, meaning you can make it whenever, lend a fresh pop of bright flavor. Sub steel-cut oats, bulgur, or leftover brown rice for quinoa. The hot sauce gives this simple dish a kick in the pants.
Crunchy Bulgur Bowl with Kale, Chicken, and Pear
This quick grain dish is a great meal for the whole family.
Thai Crunch Bowl with Salmon
Edamame and carrots offer a great texture for the star player in this dish, the salmon.
Glazed Salmon and Rice Bowl
A soy sauce, honey, and vinegar mixture doubles as a marinade for the salmon and a drizzle over the finished dish.
Brown Rice Bowl with Miso, Poached Egg, and Kale-Radish Slaw
Nutrient-rich kale has a mild flavor and becomes tender very quickly, making it a snap to add to speedy meals like this one.
Grilled Hawaiian Bowl
Simple grilled ingredients make for a tropical vacation in one bowl.
Mango salsa, quinoa, black beans, red pepper, avocado, corn and pumpkin seeds? You can call this the healthy burrito bowl.
Korean Shrimp BBQ Bowl
This zesty bowl combines great barbecue flavors with Korean influences, topped with shrimp and a fried egg.
Fresh Thai Noodle Bowl
Our simple, speedy trick for creating deep and full-bodied flavor: infusing store-bought vegetable stock with sautéed fresh garlic and ginger.
Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowl
The whole family will love this cheesy chicken and broccoli rice dish. Don't leave out the almonds—they add flavor and crunch to this one-dish meal. Serve with cremini mushrooms sauteed in butter and white wine and seasoned with fresh thyme.
Bok Choy and Tofu Noodle Bowl
Ginger and garlic flavor this brothy Asian noodle bowl full of tofu and bok choy. Serve Bok Choy and Tofu Noodle Bowl as a complete "one-bowl" meal.
Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg
Technically a seed (so no gluten), quinoa is touted as a superfood for its high fiber and protein. The runny yolk of a poached egg creates a little sauce on top.
Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
Fresh tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and toasted pine nuts bring this rice salad to life. Serve it with 1 pound roasted fresh green beans.
Brown Rice Bowl With Turkey
This is a delicious dinner that makes it a cinch to eat a nutritious meal during the week. This one-dish meal serves up about one-fourth of your daily requirement of vitamin B6--which is crucial for a healthy immune system. It's also super lean and very low in sugar.
Mushroom Ramen Bowl
In place of the normally time-consuming enriched broth, we infuse water with bacon for smoky richness, a trick we learned from chef David Chang.
Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls
At home, prepare the chicken mixture and freeze in a resealable plastic bag. In camp, just reheat on a camp stove. And, of course, you can use Fritos instead of tortilla chips in the recipe.
Sweet Potato-Black Bean Bowls
This sweet potato meal features baby spinach, black beans, and a great marinara sauce for even more flavor.
Beef and Broccoli Bowl
The sauce used here provides a great flavor for this beef and broccoli mixture as it's poured over rice.
Greek Cucumber and Chickpea Breakfast Bowl
Dill absolutely makes this salad, offering a fresh, herbaceous boost that livens up the canned chickpeas. It's a satisfying bowl of crunchy, creamy, chewy textures.
Asian Stir-Fry Quinoa Bowl
A stir-fry quinoa bowl brimming with fresh veggies and tofu is a healthy replacement for the days you just can't kick the craving for takeout.
Lowcountry Boil in a Bowl
Bring that delicious cajun flavor to your table in this traditional seasoned stew.
Sausage-Spinach Rice Bowl
This quick and easy sausage and spinach rice bowl recipe is a one-dish meal that can be ready in 10 minutes flat.
Roasted Carrot, Chicken, and Grape Quinoa Bowl
Caramelized carrots and fresh, juicy grapes lend a welcome sweetness to this quinoa.
Salmon Noodle Bowl
Perfectly cooked salmon and fresh avocado provide plenty of healthy fats in this nutritious meal option.
Shrimp and Shiitake Rice Bowl
Fresh shiitake mushrooms work wonderfully in this dish, but If you can't find them, button mushrooms are a fine substitute.
Soba-Edamame Noodle Bowl
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, a wheat-free grain (look for packages that specify gluten-free), and they cook in only 3 minutes. Look for them in the international aisle.
Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews
Fresh basil perfumes the sauce in Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews and makes a pretty garnish. You can substitute chopped unsalted peanuts for the cashews as well.
Fall Farro Bowl with Green Tahini Sauce
With bold but balanced flavors and a vibrant variety of textures, this healthy grain bowl checks all the boxes. We love the colorful, nutrient-dense combo of roasted beets, butternut squash, red onion, and delicate haricot verts, but feel free to include whatever veggies you love the most. You can also add leftover shredded chicken or sliced steak to bump up the protein. Prep the flavor-packed components of this grain bowl in advance for delicious lunches you’ll actually look forward to all week long.
Tuna-and-Watermelon Poke Bowls
This poke bowl is super delicious and flavorful, complete with umami-soy saltiness and citrus notes. Poke should only be made with sushi-grade tuna, which you can find at specialty stores like Whole Foods or your local fishmonger. If you can’t find yellow watermelon, use cantaloupe—that ingredient’s more about color contrast. Letting the fish and fruit “marinate” really allows the flavors to meld. Make sure the sauce gets nicely pureed so it’s super smooth—in a regular blender, that means at least a minute or two. The fruit can last overnight, but the fish shouldn’t go for more than a few hours. Serve with all the accoutrements, and customize to your heart’s content.
Instant Pot Keto Chicken Fajita Bowls
This keto-approved take on fajitas is a super satisfying low-carb meal. The chicken shreds off the bone easily, while the veggies have a slight crunch and the broth is light and flavorful. It feels indulgent, but you’re not breaking any rules.
Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Wheat Berry Bowl
Save time in the morning by prepping the batch of perfect wheat berries and the grapes the night before. You can store the grapes in a microwave-safe container in the fridge. When ready to use, microwave grapes for 30 to 45 seconds before spooning them over your grains.
Kale and Lentil Bowl with Thai Almond Sauce
This reigning leafy green is jam-packed with vitamins A, C, and K. Kale’s fibrous greens maintain integrity even in long-cooked soups and braises, but we also love it raw in salads. Just be sure to massage the leaves until they start to soften and tenderize. A few quick pickled carrots and a judicious dribble of creamy almond sauce completely transforms this dish into a hard-to-put-down dinner. Make it a regular in your #meatlessmonday rotation.
Keto Egg Roll Bowl
Get that crave-worthy egg roll filling without the carb-laden wrapper with this hearty keto entree. Drizzle with a little sriracha for a warming kick.
Wilted Spinach and Fried Egg Wheat Berry Bowl
Start this hearty breakfast bowl with a batch of perfect wheat berries, and then add a tangy twist and some probiotics with kimchi. Round it out with spinach, peanuts, and an egg. Sprinkle with chile flakes for extra heat.