Easy to Make Bowl Recipes

One-bowl Boat Feasts

Quick, easy, delicious, and filling meals 

Filled with grains or noodles, veggies, and meat, chicken, or fish, one-bowl meals are created to everyone’s individual taste and preference. They require little planning, often use up leftovers, and make for easy cleanup. Nowhere is the feast-in-a-bowl more suited than on a boat.

To put one together, start with a base. Add a protein, then veggies or fruit, a sauce, and toppings.

Base: 1 cup

Create a base to your bowl of shredded greens (arugula, spinach, collards, kale, cabbage, endive), or potatoes (hash browns, tater tots, mashed), noodles, rice, or grains (brown rice, bulgur, couscous, polenta, quinoa, farro).

Protein: 1 cup

Think meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, beans, cheese, tofu, and eggs.

Veggies and Fruits: ¼ cup each

Consider various flavors and textures, like sweet peas, carrots, beets, corn, winter squash; savory mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, peppers; soft avocados; chewy dried fruit or tart fresh berries, sliced stone fruit; crunchy apples, pears, celery, fennel, summer squash; sour and salty pickles, olives.

Sauces: 1-2 teaspoons each

Tart vinaigrette; spicy hot sauces, salsas; fresh herbal pestos, chimichurri or charmoula; creamy or cheesy sauces, mayonnaise, aioli, sour cream, yogurt; sweet, salty, and spicy Asian sauces; tomato sauce.

Crunchy/Crispy Toppings:
1-2 teaspoons each

Roasted nuts, seeds, croutons, bread crumbs, crumbled crackers, potato chip crumbs, bacon bits, tortillas or wonton strips.

Bowl Ideas: 

Hot Potato and Egg Breakfast Bowl

Warmed tater tots or hash browns, topped with sautéed chopped ham, sausage, or bacon, sautéed onions and peppers topped with a sunny-side up egg, sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs.

Cold, Crunchy, Creamy Breakfast Bowl

Granola or muesli or Grape-Nuts topped with yogurt or cottage cheese, chopped fresh or dried fruit, salted seeds, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Hawaiian salmon, tuna and shrimp poke bowls with seaweed, avocado, mango, pickled ginger, sesame seeds.

Hot Tex/Mex Lunch or Dinner Bowl 

Warm rice, cool shredded lettuce, hot taco beef or chicken, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, sliced avocado, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, and crumbled tortilla chips.

Cool Greek Chicken Lunch or Dinner Bowl

Lettuce topped with cooked pasta, grains, or rice, then chicken, chopped cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and onions; drizzled with dressing of lemon juice, oil, garlic; and finished with black olives, pickled peppers, a dollop of hummus or yogurt, and feta cheese.

— by Lori Ross

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