Around the World in 8 Dinner Bowls!

falafel salad bowl

We’re all global citizens, that’s pretty clear, but has your menu plan kept pace? Every culture has their special take on a satisfying meal in a bowl, so today I’m diversifying dinner, bowl by delicious bowl. 

A roasted veggie winter bliss bowl with fork

Call it the ‘burrito bowl effect,’ there’s something about a satisfying base (rice, noodles, greens, etc.) and the ability to pile on the protein and toppings of your choice that makes for the best meals. These recipes are perfect for weeknights, and amazing for meal prep, so grab your favorite bowl and let’s go!


Thai Chicken Satay Bowl

Jasmine rice is the base for this Thai bowl, but you can up the nutrition by using fiber rich brown rice. (Dinner bowls are great for using leftover rice, just reheat it in the microwave before topping with your other ingredients.)  A simple quick pickle (basically a vinaigrette) turns plain cucumbers into the perfect foil for rich peanutty chicken.

chicken satay bowl with peanut sauce



Steak Fajita Bowl

Mexican fajitas are totally bowl-worthy, and so fast, too. Just scoop up your sizzling meat and veggies and lay them over a bowl of warm waiting rice. You could also serve this over pinto beans, or even salad.

Steak fajitas on rice, in a white bowl, with chimichurri sauce



Falafel Salad Bowl

Dinner doesn’t get any better than this Middle Eastern inspired falafel salad bowl, it’s satisfying and so healthy. I pile on tabbouleh, feta, veggies, and fat falafel patties, along with some great tahini sauce.

falafel salad bowl



Rainbow Poke Bowl

Doesn’t this make you feel healthier just looking at it? With plenty of fresh crunchy veggies, my version of traditional Hawaiian poke uses canned tuna, instead of raw fish, so it’s pantry and wallet-friendly.

Tuna poke bowl



Teriyaki Chicken with Broccoli Rice

Sticky sweet teriyaki chicken is paired with broccoli rice ~ a mash-up of carbs and greens ~ as your dinner-bowl base. A little bit Japanese, a little bit genius.

teriyaki chicken with chopsticks



Tikka Masala

Marinate the chicken the night before, and grab some supermarket naan on the way home from work. This classic Indian chicken recipe is authentic, easy, and somehow just tastes better in a bowl.

chicken tikka masala in a bowl with rice and naan bread



Spicy Tangerine Chicken with Black Rice

This dish is one of the handful of dishes I’ve actually made repeatedly ~ which is saying a lot for a food blogger! It’s just plain delicious. Isn’t that black rice spectacular? It’s super healthy, too.

tangerine chicken in a black bowl with chopsticks



Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives

No dinner bowl round up would be complete without a little pasta, and this Italian peperonata is one of my faves, probably because it features colorful peppers ~ I love them!

pasta with tuna and peppers



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  • Reply
    March 8, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Great roundup of good, quick and tasty meals. Can’t wait to add those to an already useful list of ideas.
    Thanks Sue, they all look absolutely wonderful!! :))

  • Reply
    Phyllis Bergst
    March 8, 2020 at 10:50 am

    You have my taste buds working overtime. Now, all I have to do is figure which one to make first, sencond, get the idea.

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