Incredible One Bowl Meals
One bowl meals seem to be on every menu now, and we understand why. Filled with grains or noodles, veggies, and protein, one bowl meals are healthy and filling, which is a winning weeknight combo. If you’re looking for a rice bowl recipe, we’ve got plenty, like Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls and low-carb Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice bowls. Going meatless? Try veggie bowl recipes like Couscous Pilaf with Roasted Carrots, Chicken, and Feta or Farro Bowls with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. We could never forget about ramen and noodle bowl recipes, though. If you think you can’t make Asian cuisine at home, think again. With easy recipes like Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls and Chicken Noodle Bowls with Peanut-Ginger Sauce, you can throw that takeout menu in the trash. Get a healthy, well-rounded meal all in one bowl with these recipes. Your weeknights just got jam-packed with one-bowl goodness.
Meal Inspiration in a Bowl
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
This colorful, meatless bowl manages to pack in a little sweet, salty, and spicy. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Plantains are ready to cook when their peels turn black on the outside, so buy them black or let them ripen before cooking. Many grocery stores sell heat-and-serve frozen plantains too.
Soba Noodle-and-Shrimp Bowls
Recipe: Soba Noodle-and-Shrimp Bowls
Craving Asian flavor? This bright bowl is the healthiest way to get it. It’s got a hint of heat and a whole lot of goodness. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Don’t ignore the instruction about patting the shrimp dry before putting them in the skillet. This step keeps the shrimp from becoming soggy while cooking and ensures they’ll brown more nicely for the best flavor.
Pork-and-Farro Bowl with Warm Brussels Sprouts-Fennel Salad
Pork tenderloin is a family weeknight favorite, and this hearty, healthy bowl should be next on your recipe list. Healthy whole-grain farro and a salad of Brussels sprouts, fennel, and shallots are a beautiful combination. Add crunchy chopped apples and a star-of-the-show vinaigrette, and you’ve officially outdone yourself.
Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper Sauce
Trying to give up starchy rice and bread? With low-carb cauliflower rice, you won’t miss them for a beat, and many stores sell it ready-to-go now. Paired with skirt steak, red pepper sauce, and a bit of arugula, and you’ve got a well-rounded, filling dinner.
Couscous Pilaf with Roasted Carrots, Chicken, and Feta
Got a Costco rotisserie chicken you haven’t used up yet? Here’s what to do with it. The lemon-brown butter sauce in this recipe is to die for, and you can even use baby carrots to save you time chopping and peeling.
Recipe: Burrito Bowls
Turn taco Tuesday around this week and make burrito bowls instead. This healthy option is full of customizable ingredients, so every family member gets exactly what they like. With premade ingredients like microwaveable brown rice, this is the fastest recipe you’ll make all week.
Thai Beef Stir-Fry
Recipe: Thai Beef Stir-Fry
This recipe seems too easy to be true, but we wouldn’t lie to you. Simply mix together the sauce and cook the rest of the ingredients in a large skillet or wok. Serve over microwaveable Jasmine rice for ease, and you’ve got the most flavorful meal of the week on the table.
Hatch Chile Grits Breakfast Bowl
Recipe: Hatch Chile Grits Breakfast Bowl
Whether you serve it in the morning or it’s breakfast-for-dinner night at your house, these breakfast bowls will be a hit. Made with Buttermilk Stone-Ground Grits and topped with Tex-Mex elements like green chiles, pico de gallo, and cilantro, this bowl shakes breakfast up. Don’t forget to top it with a fried egg (or two!).
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Try out meatless Monday and fill up with this hearty, healthy bowl. To make things easier on you, the farro can be cooked up to two days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. With the seasoning combinations in this dish, your family will think you picked it up from a five-star restaurant.
Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Ramen Bowls
Instead of picking up ramen on your way home, have it ready and waiting for you with the help of your slow cooker. Low, slow cooking makes for the most flavorful broth.
Greek Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce and Rice
Bring the Mediterranean home with this quick, easy recipe. If you have leftovers, Greek meatball pitas with cucumber-yogurt sauce would make a delicious lunch the next day. And we all know meatballs freeze beautifully, so make several batches to save for hectic weeks.
Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Recipe: Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Cozy up with these chicken noodle bowls when you need a quick comfort meal. Adding fresh lime juice just before serving adds bright flavor to this healthy bowl.
Chalupa Dinner Bowl
Recipe: Chalupa Dinner Bowl
When the schedule is full, the slow cooker is there to help with dinner. With fall-off-the-bone roast and all the toppings you could want, these dinner bowls are filling and kid-friendly.
Buttermilk Grits with Country Ham and Shrimp
Spicy Shrimp Noodle Bowl
Steak and Peppers with Rice
Recipe: Steak and Peppers with Rice
When in doubt, get the slow cooker out. The steak and vegetables slow cook together for a savory, rich result. Serve over yellow rice (white or brown rice or egg noodles work, too) to complete the meal.
Southwest Chicken Cutlet Rice Bowl
This Tex-Mex bowl is bursting with color and healthy ingredients. Top with freshly sliced avocado and pair with a margarita or Mexican beer because you’ll want to toast to this delicious recipe.
Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Can’t stop thinking about that Thai peanut sauce you love? Make a healthy version at home and drizzle it over colorful veggies and filling chicken (all ready in just 20 minutes). Craving, satisfied.
Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo
This 30-minute recipe is company-worthy but easy enough to serve on a casual weeknight. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Look for dry-packed scallops, which are packed without extra water or preservatives. This helps them brown nicely when cooked. Dry-packed scallops have a shorter shelf life than wet-packed scallops, so cook them the day you buy them.
Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
There’s a chance you have a pork tenderloin sitting in your refrigerator or freezer that you plan on cooking this week. Instead of going the usual route, make a flavorful stir-fry with it. If you’ve never made bok choy before, it’s time to start. It’s full of healthy benefits like vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, folate, fiber, and antioxidants.