One-bowl meals are having a moment at 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 healthy bowl recipes.
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 15 favorite one-bowl meals below — they’re all bursting with flavor and nutrients that will fuel you and give you a well-rounded meal without the hassle. You just might be surprised at how robust, filing, unique, and creative some of these healthy bowl recipes are.
Once considered just a simple lunchtime staple, these flavorful dishes are satisfying enough to make for a nourishing dinner. Get ready: your weeknights just got jam-packed with one-bowl goodness.
Keep scrolling for a look at some of our fave healthy bowl recipes for dinner.
Why we love it: 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 come together to create a totally quick and easy weeknight meal, without the hassle of a packed sushi restaurant!
Hero ingredient: crunchy, salty roasted seaweed.
Why we love it: 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!
Hero ingredient: sesame seeds kick the whole thing up a notch and makes the bowl feel fancy and elevated.
Why we love it: 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 through for Gail’s sage advice on cooking it up for yourself at home!
Hero ingredient: jammy eggs give this bowl a sumptuous, creamy, and delicious texture and flavor.
Why we love it: 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.
Hero ingredient: Hummus makes for an unexpected dressing but it’s the perfect tangy addition to this healthy bowl recipe.
Why we love it: 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.
Hero ingredient: tofu does the heavy lifting here and it’s so much more flavorful than you could possibly imagine.
Why we love it: 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!
Hero ingredient: beans! Not only are they delicious but they add a delightful burst of nutrition.
Why we love it: 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.
Hero ingredient: the garlic cashew pesto is an absolute dream and can be used for just about any salad.
Why we love it: 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.
Hero ingredient: soba noodles just make everything better, don’t you think? They’re irresistible!
Why we love it: 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.
Hero ingredient: If you’ve got salsa verde lying around, give it a drizzle—you won’t regret it.
Why we love it: What could be seen as a totally random hodge-podge of roasted veggies is elevated to a hearty one-bowl meal thanks to the creamy dressing. Potatoes, chickpeas, and carrots are some of our favorite staples in this dish, but they’re easily interchanged with whatever is in season and your own beloved ingredints.
Hero ingredient: Don’t skimp on the yogurt and herb dressing!
Why we love it: It’s an easily meal-prepped dish that can be subbed with whatever veggies you have on hand or even just whatever leftovers you have laying around. All you need is a handful of greens, grains, and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds and you have yourself a gourmet meal.
Hero ingredient: The savory crunch of a pumpkin seed or nut.
Vibrant Spring Broccoli Buddha Bowl from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: As if the stunning colors in this bowl weren’t good enough on their own, it’s packed with flavor and nutrients that will leave you satisfied for hours to come. You are going to fall hard for this vinaigrette, so make some extra and enjoy it on leftovers and salads for days to come.
Hero ingredient: blood oranges lend themselves for a burst of color and tart goodness.
Black Bean Buddha Bowl with Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce from Minimalist Baker
Why we love it: If you’re like me, then you can’t resist a tahini sauce. This incredibly comforting bowl is a gluten-free delight that couldn’t be easier to make. It’s a versatile and flavorful one-bowl dinner that is just as nutritious as it is tasty.
Hero ingredient: tahini, of course!
Blackened Salmon Bowls with Coconut Rice from Fed and Fit
Why we love it: These satisfying and tasty bowls are next-level delicious. It’s the perfect way to get your seafood fix. The blackened salmon is perfectly seasoned and seared, giving it the perfect flavor and texture.
Hero ingredient: the coconut rice is a perfect balance for the spices of the salmon, though it can be interchanged with another grain like quinoa or even cauliflower rice if you prefer. I can practically smell it through the screen.
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad Bowls with Berries from Foodie Crush
Why we love it: There’s simply no arguing with the fact that this bowl is an unexpectedly eye-catching and unique dish. It just might become a staple not only in your weeknight rotation but for your next potluck as well. The combination of all these surprising ingredients lends itself to a robust, bright, and flavorful salad that no one sees coming.
Hero ingredient: loads of fresh herbs that give this salad an aromatic and savory touch.
This post was originally published on June 17, 2020, and has since been updated.
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