7 Easy and Nutritious One Bowl Dinner Recipes

One bowl meals are on the menu!


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Healthy Buddha bowl meal.

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One bowl meals are one of the hottest new food trends. That’s because these meals are filled with protein, grains or noodles, and vegetables. That’s everything you need for a healthy and filling meal, according to Southern Living, in just one bowl.  

Whether you eat meat or are a vegetarian or vegan, there are one bowl meal recipes to fit your lifestyle and budget. Here are seven recipes that range from Asian noodle bowls to Mexican burrito bowls that are easy to prepare and simply delicious.

Teriyaki Tofu Bowl With Polenta

This one bowl dinner is simple to make and chock full of protein and fiber. The recipe from the Zen and Spice blog consists of a layered bowl with five-minute polenta, baked diced extra firm tofu topped with fresh sauteed vegetables. All you need is the tofu, shredded carrots, sliced yellow pepper, chopped Bok choy, low sodium chicken broth (use vegetable broth to make the dish vegan or vegetarian), olive oil, cornmeal and teriyaki sauce. This delicious bowl is ready in mere minutes.

Vegan Tofu with polenta is a healthy one-bowl dinner.

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Mexican Burrito Bowl

This easy 30-minute bowl recipe from the I heart Naptime blog is loaded with ground lean beef, (or chicken) rice, black beans, fresh tomatoes, onions, red pepper, cheese, salsa, and cilantro. You will need taco seasoning to make this bowl. Serve the burrito mix over rice or salad and you can top it with tortilla chips if desired. This spicy bowl is sure to be a hit.

Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Bowl

This vegetarian roasted cauliflower and black lentil bowl from the kitchn blog can be made ahead of time for a hassle-free meal. What makes this bowl unique is a faux hummus made from sweet potatoes instead of chickpeas. It takes about 20 minutes to roast cauliflower. In addition to the main ingredients, you will need baby spinach leaves, garlic, tahini, spices, and fresh cilantro. You can store leftovers – if there are any – for up to two days.

Cauliflower bowls are bursting with nutrition.

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Blackened Shrimp Rice Bowls

This sensational recipe from Southern Living will bring out your inner Cajun. It takes just 20 minutes to put together this blackened shrimp, grilled poblano, pepper, corn, rice, and avocado bowl that is topped with a tangy yogurt dressing. You can swap quinoa for the rice for an even healthier meal. Use canned black beans and cook the rice while grilling the shrimp.  You will need a blender to make the yogurt dressing but make sure to keep any extra sauce to dress up other meals.

Cajun shrimp bowls make a quick and easy dinner.

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Buddha Bowl

This Buddha bowl from the Minimalist Baker blog is super healthy and loaded with vegetables, and chickpeas. A delicious maple tahini sauce goes on top. But the best part is that it only takes 30 minutes to prepare. You can oven roast the veggies while you are sautéing the chickpeas. You will need olive oil, red onion. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, canned chickpeas, and spices to make this vegan bowl.

Thai Peanut Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Bowl

This Thai chicken and zucchini noodle bowl recipe from the blog Crème De La Crumb consists of grilled chicken, zucchini noodles (or you can use regular noodles and add veggies) topped with a creamy Thai peanut sauce. You will need a spiralizer to make the noodles. Use low sodium soy sauce to make the bowl healthier. This dinner is quick and easy to make on a busy day.

Thai chicken one-bowl is a healthy dinner.

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Sweet and Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl

This salmon rice bowl from Southern Living is unique because of  the sweet and tangy salmon glaze  that is made from vinegar, honey and sriracha chili sauce. While there is a long ingredient list, you probably have most of it in your kitchen. The rest of the ingredients include, salmon, brown rice, fresh snow peas, cucumbers, radishes, scallions, unsalted chicken stock, sesame oil, spices, cornstarch and toasted sesame seeds. This dinner bowl is sure to please.

Enjoy a healthy salmon one bowl meal.

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