18 Easy One-Bowl Recipes That Make Mealtime A No-Brainer

When you’re crafting a weeknight meal, it’s best to keep things simple — and by simple, I mean throwing a bunch of delicious, nutritious things in a bowl and calling it a day. Luckily, with plenty of one-bowl meal recipes to choose from, you’ll never be at a loss for combination inspiration. The right vegetables, grains, and extras can turn a seemingly simple dish into one that tastes positively gourmet.

These dishes are great options for when you’re cooking for one person, because oftentimes, you can just throw your leftovers together and have them hot or cold for lunch the next day. Now you can save money by making yourself dinner at home and not buying an overpriced salad or sandwich come lunchtime. And thanks to plenty of wholesome ingredients, these one-bowl meals are great healthy recipes for 2016, so you can continue your new year, new you streak. They may not all be one-pot recipes, but they’re just as easy to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying a tasty dinner.

Whether you’re looking to revamp your usual burrito bowl or you want to try something new, these 18 one-bowl meals are a great way to make mealtime simpler — and way delicious.

1. Quinoa Burrito Bowl

When you make your own burrito bowl at home, guac doesn't have to be extra. A Beautiful Mess shows that subbing quinoa for rice makes a wholesome difference.

2. Loaded Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

Oatmeal doesn't have to be boring. Filled with fruit and peanut butter, Averie Cooks' breakfast bowl will keep you fueled the whole day.

3. Poke Avocado Bowl

Break free from your tuna salad lunch rut. Ahi tuna and avocado, paired with soy sauce and a few extras, make a savory pairing in A Cozy Kitchen's recipe.

4. Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl

Spaghetti squash double functions as a bowl and an ingredient in Cookie and Kate's recipe. Cabbage and black bean slaw fill it up well.

5. Goddess Green "Fried" Zucchini Salad

A crispy coating makes zucchini taste a lot more indulgent than it actually is. Half Baked Harvest combines that with salty halloumi, tomatoes, and seeds for a majorly nutritious dish.

6. Spicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowls

The best thing about Love and Lemons' rice bowls? A savory-sweet coconut peanut sauce.

7. Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl

When chicken is marinated in ginger and soy sauce before grilling, it comes out majorly zesty. A Spicy Perspective mixes it in with a bowl of noodles and fresh herbs.

8. Banana Berry Acai Bowl

No need to go to a fancy smoothie shop to get your hands on an acai bowl. House of Yumm shows how to make it at home.

9. Broccoli Soba Bowl

If you're craving a pasta dish, try something new with I Am A Food Blog's soba bowl. It's just as good hot or cold.

10. Vegan Latin Bowl

Tomato paste, onion, and garlic give A Cozy Kitchen's Spanish rice plenty of oomph, while plantains and black beans finish off the dish.

11. Korean Beef Rice Bowl

Thinly sliced beef is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce and ginger to make Steamy Kitchen's bowl an impactful meal. Paired with rice, spinach, carrots, and zucchini, it's a well-rounded dish.

12. Peanut Soba Noodle Bowl

Peanut butter gives Cookie and Kate's noodle bowl a creamy touch, while green onions, peppers, and broccoli make it perfectly nutritious.

13. Korean Style Fried Shrimp Rice Bowls

Fried shrimp covered in Korean BBQ sauce is the standout of Half Baked Harvest's dish, but kimchi and a crispy fried egg make it a crave-worthy meal.

14. Simple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

Toss some roasted sweet potatoes with feta and spinach and you've got one solid dish. Love and Lemons makes it even better with a few extras.

15. Mean Green Buddha Bowl

You don't need crisp salad greens to make a winning green bowl. A Spicy Perspective combines wilted chard with edamame, broccoli, avocado, and of course, a perfectly yolky egg.

16. Avocado Ranch Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls can be creamy and cheesy if you want them to be. House of Yumm's burrito bowls contain ranch for an extra kick.

17. Quinoa Brunch Bowl

A miso mustard dressing makes a perfectly savory brunch. I Am A Food Blog uses it in a bowl filled with tofu puffs, soft-boiled eggs, and avocado.

18. Parmesan Barley With Roasted Broccoli

An egg always makes any bowl better. Plenty of parmesan is folded into barley in The Kitchn's recipe for a cheesy touch.

For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

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Images: I Am A Food Blog (2); A Beautiful Mess; Averie Cooks; A Cozy Kitchen (2); Cookie and Kate (2); Half Baked Harvest (2); Love and Lemons (2); A Spicy Perspective (2); House of Yumm (2); The Kitchn