22 Hearty One-Bowl Meals That Win Weeknight Dinners
One-bowl meals are the solution to your weeknight dinner frustrations. These well-balanced meals typically have a grain base, topped with a colorful (and totally Insta-worthy) array of vegetables and meat. So when hunger strikes, toss the take-out menu and go for these easy one-bowl meals instead. From Asian-style noodle bowls to burrito bowls and Buddha bowls — and everything in between — discover hearty one-bowl meal recipes that make fast weeknight dinners. Turns out, bowls are for more than soups and salads.
Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowl
"Your busy weeknight needs this dish. Even your lazy Saturdays will be happy with it. My family devoured this. It's so simple to make and it is super delicious and full of flavor," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. Korean ground beef can be served over rice, or over spiralized vegetables for a low-carb alternative.
Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)
"This is a delicious traditional Japanese meal consisting of chicken sauteed and then cooked in a Japanese broth, and then finished with egg and served over rice. It's really easy, filling and delicious," says recipe creator User. Note that the recipe calls for jasmine rice, but to make this dish more authentic, use short grain Japanese rice instead.
"It doesn't matter if you eat this because you follow a low-carb diet or you are simply too lazy to make tortillas (who, me?). Just eat it," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. "As the submitter writes, this does satisfy a craving, but she is humble. This is more than a settlement for tacos. This is a great dish."
A buddha bowl is a meal that's typically served cold and, of course, in a bowl. "This is one awesome Buddha Bowl! I actually didn't know what to expect with it but loved everything about it! So many favorite parts -- the quinoa was delicious and perfectly cooked. The chicken is so flavorful. LOVE the sweet potato and onion...And the sauce -- perfect," says reviewer Diana71.
Vermicelli Noodle Bowl
"This has to rate in the top five meals to come out of my kitchen! I had no idea I could replicate the flavours of my favourite Vietnamese restaurant...It was delicious, leaving enough noodles, veggies and garnish to have for lunch the next day," says reviewer Heatherbee.
Baja-Style Chicken Bowl
Chicken, corn, bell pepper, brown rice, and salsa combine to make this easy weeknight dish. Reviewer Pieske says, "Easy, quick, cheap, and healthy — what more could you ask for?"
Pad Thai Quinoa Bowl
A popular Thai dish is made with quinoa for a high-fiber and high-protein meal. Recipe creator Lisa says, "Take out the chicken and add extra edamame and you have a great vegetarian meal instead. Or add shrimp if you like. A seriously good, versatile recipe!"
Lemon-Parmesan Chicken and Rice Bowl
"This is a nice base recipe that can be customized by using different veggies and seasonings. Light and filling," says reviewer Linda T.
Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl
"Very nice and easy dinner. I let the shrimp marinate overnight and it added the flavor," says reviewer Jack Fritz. This colorful Asian-inspired bowl is a well-balanced meal, and the beautiful presentation is just an added perk.
Spicy Chicken Noodles
"No matter what recipe they're used in, rice noodles are a proven crowd-pleaser. I think this spicy chicken noodles dish is perfect for using up leftover chicken, assuming it wasn't horribly overcooked in the first place," says Chef John. "If you did want to use raw chicken, go ahead and chop it up, and stir-fry it for a minute or two before adding your vegetables."
Fried Chicken Bowl
Ethiopian Vegetable Bowl
This Ethiopian-inspired dish will fill your home with the irresistible aroma of ginger, turmeric, cloves, fenugreek, and garlic. "This is a tasty, easy to prepare dish of whole vegetables with plenty of seasonings, that goes well with rice or quinoa, and especially yummy with Injera, an Ethiopian flatbread recipe that is also very simple to prepare."
Skillet Burrito Bowl
This at-home burrito bowl is an easy one-skillet meal for busy weeknights. Reviewer rharter says, "Quick and easy recipe with good flavor. I used ground turkey to reduce the fat and my kids loved it."
Hiyashi Chuka Noodles
"This is a common cold noodle salad in Japan, and always great to eat when the weather is hot," says recipe creator Mimi. This noodle bowl is made up of ramen noodles, cucumbers, carrots, ham, and nori.
Recipe creator Tonna Jacobson says, "I was craving a hash and decided to throw together something that was paleo-friendly. The sweet potatoes in this give it a touch of sweetness, the chorizo gives it a flavorful punch, and the egg tops this dish off perfectly!"
Easy Keto Korean Beef with Cauli Rice
Lemon Chicken and Snow Pea Noodle Bowls
"Delicious, healthy Asian recipe. Very versatile. My family loves it! This recipe can also have broccoli, baby corn, tofu or be served over chow mein noodles," says recipe creator mrsnickjonas.
Orange-Chicken Rice Bowl
"This was fantastic. The flavors were outstanding. I followed other reviewer's suggestion and doubled the Asian dressing and orange juice. Also used boneless skinless chicken thighs as that is what I had already thawed. Even better the next day," says reviewer Cabinluvn.
Naked Chicken Burrito Bowl
It's even better than take-out from you-know-where. "Meal prep the rice ahead of time and have it during the week. Takes no time to make...super easy and yummy," says reviewer Ally Raines.
Copycat Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Cilantro
Starting with leftover pork roast and frozen riced cauliflower, "this copycat Chipotle® cauliflower bowl comes together fast on busy weeknights!" says thedailygourmet. "Toppings can be modified for taste preferences, and it's tasty wrapped up in a tortilla!"
Asian Steak and Noodle Bowl
Japanese udon noodles make a hearty base for this Asian-inspired bowl. Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says, "This easy recipe automatically makes it into our weekly menu routine. It's even good the next day!"
Spicy Salmon Bowls over Brown Rice
Featuring salmon, brown rice, and fresh crunchy vegetables, this recipe is a delicious way to get some healthy foods into your diet. "A spicy sauce will perk up their taste buds and bring you compliments," says Bibi.