Quick & Easy Lunch Bowl Ideas

We love a sandwich as much as the next gal, but sometimes you need to mix things up. Try building a batch of bowls that do double duty for you and the kids.


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A Balanced Meal in a Bowl

lunch bowl

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

To brown rice and shredded chicken, add:

  • Corn + cheese + salsa + lime
  • Edamame + shredded carrot + basil (shown above) + miso vinaigrette
  • Roasted sweet potato + crumbled feta + parsley + harissa vinaigrette 

Quick tip: Swap the brown rice for cauliflower rice or salad greens. 

Start from scratch.

• Make enough rice for the whole week.

Broil the corn for a little char.

• Bake your chicken while you roast your sweet potato.

Get a little help.

Fast: Shred rotisserie chicken.

• Faster: Slice breasts purchased from the deli section.

• Fastest: Look for diced chicken on the salad bar. 


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Harissa Vinaigrette

harissa vinaigrette in ramekin

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Makes 1
Prep 5 m

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Miso Vinaigrette

miso vinaigrette in ramekin

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Makes 1
Prep 5 m

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Southwestern Veggie Bowl

Southwestern Veggie Bowl
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 20 m
Microwave 2 m
Stand 5 m

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Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 20 m

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Vietnamese Rice Bowl

Vietnamese Rice Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 8 m

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Lentil Bowl

Lentil Bowl
Makes 6
Prep 25 m
Cook 50 m
Roast 25 m

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Rice and Veggie Bowl

rice and veggie bowl chopsticks egg breakfast
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 15 m
Stand 10 m

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Bibimbap Salad Bowl

Bibimbap Salad Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 8 m

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Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Roast 25 m
Cook 15 m

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Korean Rice Bowl

Korean Rice Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 20 m
Stand 10 m

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Teriyaki Tofu and Soba Bowl

Teriyaki Tofu and Soba Bowl
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 12 m

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Noodle Bowl

Noodle Bowl
Makes 6
Prep 20 m
Cook 13 m

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Thai Rice Noodle Bowl

Thai Rice Noodle Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 16 m
Cook 2 m
Grill 6 m
Grill or broil

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Miso-Glazed Salmon and Soba Bowl

Miso-Glazed Salmon and Soba Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Roast 15 m
Cook 15 m

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Chicken and Hummus Bowl

Chicken and Hummus Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 8 m

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Grilled Quinoa Bowl

Grilled Quinoa Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 15 m
Stand 5 m
Grill 18 m

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Tuna Tataki Bowl

Tuna Tataki Bowl
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 15 m
Grill 4 m