Healthy one bowl meals are all the rage these days. Not only are they artfully arranged to support a multi-sensory connection with our food (as the hippies would note), they're easy, creative, and nutritious in a non-rabbit food kind of way. They're also hugely satisfying because they offer a delightful variety of texture, bulk, color, and flavor.
Although you can pretty much make up any version of a big bowl meal, you may be someone who isn't so food savvy when it comes to creativity. Don't worry, most of us aren't! That's why we need recipes for healthy one bowl meals as a starting point for inspiring our inner creative culinary genius.
Use the following recipes for healthy one bowl mealsen completo, or as a foundation from which to build your own edible empire of taste and texture. For example, you may wish to add nuts or seeds to boost the fat and protein score, or meat in the otherwise vegetarian recipes for added sustenance.
Likewise, you can "veganize" any of these recipes by swapping animal products for plant-based versions. The choice is yours, and don't you just love the freedom that comes with mixing your own big bowl bites?!
We intentionally excluded exact measurements of each component to allow for more or less, according to your preferred taste for particular ingredients. It's near impossible to make mistakes here, so follow your gut (literally) when following the instructions.
We recommend using stainless steel mixing bowls to toss ingredients, whip up dressings, or serve the whole mash-up in aesthetic finesse. Stainless steel mixing bowls are better for food storage and they're kid-friendly too, so you can put any safety concerns to the side, along with the muy picante salsa!
Some ingredients require frying. If you're not sure what type of pan to use, check out our free guide on choosing the best cookware for some pointers.
Widely known for its assortment of hearty, nutritious ingredients, the Buddha bowl has been done a gazillion different ways. Most versions include rice or quinoa, but we've chosen millet or amaranth for their superfood nutrition score and, well, something a little different than the usual.
Easy to make, loaded with nutrients, and super delicious!
Massaged & wilted kale
Ghee-fried tofu or tempeh
Steamed chopped broccoli
Millet & amaranth
Toast pine nuts for 5-10 mins, sifting every few minutes.
Fry tofu or tempeh chunks in ghee until golden brown.
Tear fresh kale into edible pieces & lightly drizzle with olive oil. Massage for a few minutes until slightly tender.
Lightly steam the broccoli so it retains a slight crunch.
Cook millet or amaranth, following instructions on the package.
Aesthetically assemble ingredients into your mixing bowl for a beautiful presentation.
Drizzle with tahini & sprinkle pine nuts over top.
Modeled after famous Korean bibimbap, this succulent palette of favorites is loaded with flavor and heaped with wholesome, probiotic goodness. We recommend knowing your kimchis well here because some convenient versions contain loads of unnecessary preservatives, which may rob the otherwise nutritious slaw of its probiotic goodness. We also always opt for organic, free-range eggs – the variety with the unmistakable inky orange yolk.
This one takes a little more time to prepare, but you can make the quinoa and beef in advance, if you don't mind eating them cooled (we think it's better that way).
Sweet n' sticky beef strips
Julienned carrot strips
Steamed green beans
Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
Slice tenderloin steak into strips and fry in sesame oil until cooked but tender. Drizzle with a mixture of soy and maple syrup, and toss to coat evenly. Allow it to sit and saturate.
Steam green beans lightly so they retain a snappy quality.
Fry 1-2 eggs to your preference – over easy or sunny side up.
Aesthetically arrange all ingredients in the bowl & take a photo for your Instagram feed.
Beetroot, Broccoli & Pistachio Butter Bowl
Never heard of pistachio nut butter? Peanut butter, move over! This topper makes this bowl a winner. Follow instructions below to make your own version because you won't find it on store shelves!
This hearty combination is a green-lovers fav, and we added beetroot to color it up (and add extra nutrition). While it may be a little thin on ingredients compared to its big bowl counterparts, it certainly makes up for it in flavor and satisfying texture.
Massaged curly kale & baby spinach
Steamed beetroot chunks
Lightly steamed broccoli
Pistachio nut butter
Lightly drizzle kale & spinach with olive oil and massage until slightly tender.
Chop broccoli into bite-sized pieces and steam until slightly tender.
Steam beetroot chunks until well cooked.
Make the pistachio nut butter using these ingredients: pistachio nuts, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, dried thyme, salt, pepper, and a sprinkling of water. Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth. Adding more or less olive oil, lemon juice & water will thicken or thin the consistency. More tahini will boost the creaminess.
Arrange all components into the bowl for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!
Roasted Sweet Potato, Pumpkin & Chickpea Bowl
Hearty, wholesome, and perfect for those cool fall days or when your body is craving a little comfort food. It's loaded with root veggies, "proteinized" with chickpeas, and bedecked with creamy goat cheese (or feta cheese) and sweet dehydrated cranberries. You can roast the veggies and chickpeas in advance and allow them to marinate in a bit of olive oil and balsamic dressing.
Roasted sweet potato chunks
Roasted pumpkin chunks
Roasted butternut squash chunks
Grilled sliced zucchini
Wilted baby spinach
Crumbled goat cheese
Chop the sweet potato, two squashes, and chickpeas, and oven-roast until tender.
Slice the zucchini into ¼ inch thick rounds and fry in ghee or olive oil until tender.
Steam the spinach until just slightly wilted.
Arrange in a mixing bowl for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!
You may never go back to wrapping it up once your eyes have feasted on this colorful arrangement of all the best burrito parts. This is an excellent way to keep your beloved burrito low-carb too (save for the white rice), or gluten-free. The black beans may require soaking, which lengthens the process, so for a quick n' easy version, exclude the black beans or choose another bean variety.
The kids love this one too! Indeed, arranging the parts in the bowl is as fun as rolling it all up, and with far less mess! Choose a tex-mex cheese or standard cheddar and your preferred level of picante for the salsa. If you don't love spice, leave out the jalapenos.
Cooked black beans
Chopped cherry tomatoes
Grated cheddar cheese
Sour cream & salsa
Cook the rice and black beans separately, according to instructions on respective packages.
Chop & slice the veggies, & grate the cheese (if necessary).
Assemble into a beautiful arrangement of color and enjoy!
Sweet Sushi Bowl
If you don't love it in a roll, you might love it in a bowl! Mango puts a sweet spin on this one and is a surprisingly delightful complement to each of the ingredients. It's far less labor-intensive to arrange these sushi components in a bowl, and saves you from having to search for YouTube tutorials on how to make sushi rolls.
Some preparation is necessary, such as preparing your preferred type and style of fish and making the sushi rice. Frozen edamame beans will require a light steam.
Everything else is straightforward. All you need to do here is know how to chop, which is super simple with a set of solid kitchen knives (keep those knives sharp and safe), and arrange into a beautiful palette of color and texture.
Raw sashimi-grade OR grilled salmon or tuna
Dried seaweed strips
Black sesame seeds
Prepare tuna or salmon according to taste preference.
Prepare the sushi rice: Rinse 2 cups sushi rice and cook in 3 cups water, according to package instructions. In a separate saucepan on low heat, combine ½ cup rice vinegar, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, ¼ cup white sugar & 1 tsp salt, and stir until granules have dissolved. Drizzle over slightly cooled rice and toss until evenly coated.
Assemble all ingredients into a bowl, save for the soy sauce and wasabi, which you can mix in a small dish to your liking, and drizzle over top to taste. Enjoy!
Enjoy Big Bowl Bounty In The Right Bowl...
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From our kitchen to yours, enjoy those big bowls of beautiful bounty!