Quick & Healthy Meal Bowls

chicken vegetable quinoa bowlI’ve sat here for about 5 minutes trying to figure out what to call these bowls…I’ve decided there really isn’t any other way to describe them other than a meal bowl.  You can call it a rice bowl, a noodle bowl, a lunch bowl, a dinner bowl, or whatever you want!  They are so versatile and there are endless combinations you can create which is why I am a big fan.

These became a staple in my diet because they are so easy to make, packed with flavor, and nutrient rich!  I knew I had to share my obsession with these incredibly quick and tasty meals that are perfect for other busy gals like myself!  For my mom friends out there, get your kiddos involved in deciding what they want in their bowl.  Sometimes, I mean sometimes, getting the kids involved in mixing things in a bowl can get them to eat more veggies or tempt them to try something new.  It’s worth a shot, right?!  chopped vegetables

I started making bowls years ago when I was trying to start cleaning up my diet.  I have over the years gotten so creative that I thought this would be a great concept to share with you all.  These bowls have satisfied cravings for take out Chinese, Mexican, and it’s the perfect way to use up left over veggies because I hate to waste…fresh produce is just too expensive to do so!

I had found these local bistros that cater to taco bowlhealthy living and eating clean and I love their concept of picking and making your own combination.  It inspired me to start doing the same at home!

Start designing your bowl by choosing your protein, base, veggies, and toppings.  Here are just a few of my favorite combos!…

Taco Bowl – Ground turkey, tomatoes, chopped romaine, black beans, avocado with brown rice.  I season the chicken with garlic powder, sea salt, taco seasoning, and chili powder.  Adjust to your taste buds and how much heat you like.  If you like it spicy, drizzle some siracha on top!

Asian Stir Fry Bowl – Chicken, carrots, onions, broccoli, and quinoa or the rice noodles.  I season the chicken and veggies after cooking them with garlic, 2 Tbl fresh ginger, 2 Tbl liquid aminos, a small splash of sesame oil and sea salt.  You can also add a squirt of raw honey and crushed red pepper if you like a sweet and spicy flavor profile.

Southwest Bowl – Lean ground beef, cooked chopped sweet potatoes, black beans, peppers, and onions.  I season this bowl with cumin, paprika, chipotle powder, onion powder, and garlic.

Here is a guide so you can create a shopping list from and get inspired for ideas.meal planning guide

As always, I want your feedback!  Give these bowls a try and share some of the combos you like!

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