9 Meals You Can Serve Up in One Bowl

Last Updated on June 13, 2024 | 0 Comments
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There’s nothing more satisfying than serving up an entire meal in one convenient breakfast, lunch or dinner bowl. It’s easy, it hits the spot and it dirties up fewer dishes. 

Perfect any time of the day, these bowl meals have it all: They’re filling, they’re flavorful and they’re packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that put a wholesome spin on a delicious meal.

It’s time to break out your bowls and try one of these bowl recipes you can whip up in no time.

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Below, we’ve also included a few easy bowl recipes to get you started. Happy cooking!

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1. Chicken, Avocado and Veggie Rice Bowl

These bowls from Half Baked Harvest are filled with California flavors: Smoky spice-rubbed chicken, creamy avocado and earthy blue cheese. With basmati rice and grilled vegetables, you have a complete meal in one dish. 

california chicken bowl
via Half Baked Harvest

2. Sushi Bowl

Sushi bowls offer the flavor and satisfaction of eating a sushi roll without having to mess around with bamboo mats or rice that leaves you with sticky fingers. Endlessly customizable, sushi bowls can be topped with a wide variety of seafood, vegetables, toppings and sauces — whatever your palate is craving.

sushi bowl is a great one bowl meal
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3. Thai Salad

This gorgeous Thai salad from Jessica Gavin is full of flavor, color and is conveniently assembled in a bowl. It combines thinly sliced sweet peppers, mango and carrot with shredded cabbage and kale. You’ll top your salad with a handful of roasted peanuts and a creamy and tangy peanut butter dressing.

thai salad bowl recipe from jessica gavin
via Jessica Gavin

4. Baked Egg and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl

This recipe from Inspiralized — a combination of eggs, spiralized sweet potato, jalapeño and Spanish spices — makes the perfect balanced breakfast that also happens to be delicious. You can even cook everything in the bowl it is served in for less mess in the kitchen!

baked egg and sweet potato bowl from inspiralized
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5. Paella

The formula for perfect paella starts out with a base of short-grain Spanish rice (such as bomba rice) flavored with saffron, accented with garlic, tomatoes and onion, and then topped with a medley of fresh seafood: Clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari. You can further customize by adding chorizo or chicken, or go the vegan route with bell peppers, artichoke hearts, tomato slices, green beans, peas and olives.

paella is a delicious bowl recipe
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6. Bibimbap

Perhaps one of the ultimate bowl meals hails from Korea: Bibimbap. This stunning recipe from RecipeTin Eats tops a bowl of short-grain white rice with a medley of sautéed vegetables and mushrooms, marinated Korean beef and a mouthwatering bibimbap sauce with gochujang, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar and garlic. 

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7. Burrito Bowls

This easy burrito bowl from Damn Delicious is every bit as tasty as it is a breeze to make. Perfect for a simple dinner bowl recipe, you’ll create a bed of rice before piling on the salsa, romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, Roma tomatoes, avocado and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. 

burrito bowl from damn delicious
via Damn Delicious

8. Power Bowls

Another endlessly customizable lunch or dinner bowl option, power bowls are packed with nutrient-dense foods to keep you full, energized and healthy. Start out with a base of complex carbs or whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, barley or farro. Add to that a generous handful of leafy greens, protein of your choice, a roasted or steamed vegetable, and a healthy fat such as avocado, seeds, olive oil or tahini. 

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9. Country Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast bowls start your day off with a filling, easy and relatively inexpensive meal. This country breakfast bowl from Budget Bytes starts out with a bed of roasted seasoned potatoes topped with scrambled eggs, salsa and shredded cheese. You can jazz it up even more by adding crumbled sausage or bacon, hot sauce, green onions, bell peppers or ham.

country breakfast bowl from budget bytes
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Bowl recipes are convenient, satisfying, super customizable and — of course — delicious. Now that you have a few ideas under your belt, which one will you try first?

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