Dinner in a Bowl: One-Dish Meal Ideas

Last Updated February 06, 2018
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Buddha bowl by the Pollans
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When it comes to meal prep, bowls are the new plates. Buddha bowls, dragon bowls, power bowls, noodle bowls...bowl-inspired recipes are everywhere and for good reason. For starters, they're an easy way to make sure you're getting a balanced mix of proteins, grains and veggies in one meal. Plus, there's the added benefit of portion control built into each bowl. Reach for your favorite bowl and try one of these ideas for dinner tonight.

 

Buddha Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spiced Chickpeas, and Swiss Chard

Buddha Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spiced Chickpeas, and Swiss Chard
Buddha Bowls are hearty dishes that are whole grain, protein, and vegetable rich. We love them and our families do, too. They’re a healthy meal in a bowl, so easy to make, and so pretty to serve....

Sesame Miso Tofu w/ Asian Greens

Sesame Miso Tofu w/ Asian Greens
This may look like a single recipe, but in fact it delivers tons of options that my family loves. I regularly make the marinated tofu to accompany rice and greens, to stuff into sandwiches, or simply...

Cashew-Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

Cashew-Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl
A TRIBUTE TO SARASOTA'S DELICIOUS DIVERSITY BY THE NAKED SOUTH. This recipe brings the fragrant, rich, and healthy flavors of Thai into your kitchen. And it’s ready in a snap!

Herb Salad Grain Bowl

Herb Salad Grain Bowl
A one-bowl meal packed with spring root vegetables and fresh herbs, this grain salad will start on you on the path to treating herbs as an ingredient rather than a garnish. Serve as a composed salad...

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl with Pomegranates and Maple-Sesame Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl with Pomegranates and Maple-Sesame Vinaigrette
This recipes screams everything harvest from maple syrup to Brussels Sprouts and the best part is the recipe is healthy and fresh!

Spaghetti Squash Bacon Bowl

Spaghetti Squash Bacon Bowl
This is a simple entrée that still delivers on presentation and taste. The rich flavors of sun dried tomatoes, bacon and pine nuts round out the subtler taste of the spaghetti squash and spinach (the...

Southern Comfort Bowl

Southern Comfort Bowl
When I think of comfort food, I think of Southern cuisine. My versions of some of the Southern classics are healthier but still full of flavor, and this is especially true when it comes to my corn...

Cashew Fried Rice

Cashew Fried Rice
Cold, day-old rice…is the secret to excellent fried rice. If your rice is too hot it won’t fry properly; it turns to mush. Using leftover rice or any grain for that matter is the perfect solution...

Roasted Radish Freekeh Bowl with Mustard Miso Sauce

Roasted Radish Freekeh Bowl with Mustard Miso Sauce
Radishes take on a special mellowness in this dish. When roasted alongside broccoli, you just know this will be as much of a feast for your taste buds as it is for your eyes. The oil-free sauce is...

Buddha Bowl

We love eating out of one bowl, and this versatile Thai-inspired Buddha Bowl has everything for an easy, complete meal. Mixing red quinoa with the brown rice adds more texture and fiber. Using a...

Red Quinoa and Buckwheat Grain Bowl

Red Quinoa and Buckwheat Grain Bowl
Perfect for a chilly night, this dish takes advantage of seasonal sweet potatoes.

Thai Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce

This is almost like a deconstructed spring roll, only it’s full of vegetables you can easily find in New Hampshire in the fall.

Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Most things in this recipe are green in a couple of senses – in color and in locality, excepting the lime and avocado, which are used sparingly due to the food miles they traveled. Both lime juice...

Roasted Root Buddha Bowls with Tahini Dressing

This recipe can feed four for dinner but since all the fresh and cooked ingredients can keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, you can easily eat them one at a time.

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bowl

Crispy buffalo tofu bowl
This one's for when you're in the mood for fried "chicken" and mashed potatoes.

Farro Bowl with Tahini Miso Dressing

Farro Bowl with Tahini Miso Dressing
Spicy peanuts add a zesty crunch to this easy-to-make dish.

Greens, Grains and Squash Bowl

Greens, Grains and Squash Bowl
This flavorful bowl makes a great addition to your Meatless Monday menu. For variety, replace the butternut with other winter squash, such as acorn or delicata.

Cashew-Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

Cashew-Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl
A TRIBUTE TO SARASOTA'S DELICIOUS DIVERSITY BY THE NAKED SOUTH. This recipe brings the fragrant, rich, and healthy flavors of Thai into your kitchen. And it’s ready in a snap!

Dal with Cumin and Tomato Tadka

A tadka is a spice combination heated in hot oil or ghee (clarified butter) to release its unique essences. A tadka is truly what makes the dish flavorful. A simple tadka creates a tasty and complex...

Crispy Tofu Bowl With Broccolini, Edamame & Peanut Sauce

This healthy bowl is super versatile. If broccolini is not available, turn to broccoli or Chinese broccoli.

Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

A quick and easy meal, perfect for a healthy lunch.
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