One bowl meals are having a moment on all our favorite restaurant menus, and we’re here for it. Filled with grains or noodles, veggies, and protein, one bowl meals are healthy and filling, which is a winning combo in our book. Since we’re all about making healthy weeknight cooking as easy as possible (especially during the summer!), we’ve made and tested our fair share of one bowl meals.
If you’re looking for a rice bowl recipe, we’ve got plenty. Going meatless? We’ve got you covered. Craving sushi? There’s a bowl for that, too.
Start your week off right by whipping up one of our top 10 favorite one bowl meals below — they’re all bursting with flavor and nutrients that will fuel you up and give you a well-rounded meal without the hassle. Get ready: your weeknights just got jam-packed with one-bowl goodness.
This sushi roll salmon bowl is my favorite way to enjoy all the bright citrusy flavors I crave throughout the summer. The nourishing combo of fish, rice, fresh veggies, and herbs all the come together to create a totally quick and easy weeknight meal, without the hassle of a packed sushi restaurant!
I’ve been on a major grain bowl kick lately — they’re the perfect solution for those nights when we want to eat clean, but a salad just isn’t gonna cut it. Plus there’s no more delicious way to clear your fridge of those random leftover grains and roasted veggies!
We had the chance to cook up this fresh and delicious warm farro bowl with Gail Simmons in her kitchen in Brooklyn on our last trip to NYC, and I have been attempting to perfect it ever since. It’s packed with fresh ingredients that can be altered a bit, depending on what’s in season. Click here for the amazing recipe, and Gail’s sage advice on cooking it up for yourself at home!
For me, the perfect bowl is one that incorporates three elements: fiber, protein, and fat (shout-out to my girl Kelly LeVeque for this!) This hummus, greens, and avocado bowl checks all the boxes with fiber-rich kale, broccolini, and hummus, protein-packed eggs and sunflower seeds, and of course our favorite source of fat, avocados.
The onset of summer inspires me to escape my usual routine by trying out new dishes inspired by exotic destinations. And while I don’t have any epic plans to travel around Vietnam (yet!), this bowl is my current go-to in recreating my favorite sandwich for a quick weeknight dinner that takes me across the world, flavor-wise.
For a weeknight, I like to turn my burrito filling into this yummy protein-packed bowl; if I’m feeling a little more carb-y, say on a Saturday night, I’ll scoop it up with all the toppings into a burrito-sized tortilla, and fully enjoy a full Chipotle-style indulgence. Actually, we have yet to make a Chipotle trip since coming up with this recipe — it’s just as quick and easy, and a whole lot more delicious!
I’ve loved oatmeal for as long as I can remember — I used to eat it for dinner when I was in college thanks to its healthy/cheap/delicious qualities. I still start many of my days with a big bowl of steel-cut oats, and what makes this version a powerhouse is the addition of quinoa for an extra dose of protein and iron. You could pour some almond milk over it, but I double dog dare you to drizzle a little cream on top — the tiniest bit just makes it so. darn. good.
This grain bowl has all the fresh veggies combined with farro and tossed in a chunky, delicious homemade spring garlic cashew pesto. It is an all-time favorite of Two Hands restaurant, (our favorite Aussie-cool lunch spot in NYC). The flavors are all seasonal, fresh, and come together to make the perfect meal on a warm summer day.
The best part about this soba noodle bowl that there’s no need to wait for a party to whip up this recipe. Why not make a big pot of soba noodles on Sunday night and fill your fridge with bowls of prepped veggies just waiting to be tossed together for a week full of delicious lunches? It doesn’t get much easier – or healthier – than that for a week of desk-side feasting. Though be forewarned: serious coworker envy will ensue.
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a big lunch that makes the second half of your day drag, especially in this Texas heat. This quinoa bowl is filling but in all the right ways.