When you feel cold in the winter, reach for a veggie bowl because they are hot! Veggie bowls are all the rage and it’s easy to see why. Your whole meal is in one bowl – the protein, the grains, the veggies, and the sauce. All the different flavors and textures combine to create one delicious, nutritious and fun meal.
Meal bowls are easy to make and extremely versatile. While there is a basic formula for what kinds of foods to include in a meal bowl, the combinations are endless. Start with a grain, add some greens, pile on the veggies, pack on the protein, and top with a sauce or dressing and garnishes. If you do some of the prep work by cooking some of the ingredients like the rice in advance, you can throw a bowl together in minutes which is great for when you’re tired and hungry. Don’t risk reaching for something processed when you have a healthy meal in just minutes. Plus, there’s no need for take-out when you can learn How to Make a 100 Percent Clean Version of Chipotle’s Veggie Burrito Bowl. For tips and tricks, check out How to Make Different Veggie Bowls for Every Type of Flavor Craving.
Even better, you can make your bowl the way you want it. If there’s something you love, toss it in, and if there’s something you don’t love, skip it. Your veggie bowl can be big or small, healthy or indulgent, raw or cooked. Bowls aren’t only for dinner, you can make breakfast bowls too. Last summer, we showed you 10 Recipes That Prove the Best Summer Meals Come in Bowls. Now it’s time for the winter version – here are 15 of the best veggie bowls to keep you nourished all winter long.
1. Spicy Tofu Rice Bowl
This Spicy Tofu Bowl is filled with marinated vegetables, marinated tofu, fresh herbs, and peanuts on a bed of grains. What more could you ask for! This is super-simple to make and is sure to satisfy your cravings for something spicy. Of course, if it’s not hot enough from the chile sauce, just drizzle it with plenty of Sriracha!
2. Green Goddess Bowl
Although there’s a lot of green in these Green Goddess Bowls, make no mistake — there’s a world of flavor at work. Roasted Brussels sprouts, sautéed kale, edamame, raw zucchini, and quinoa will keep you full – without feeling heavy. This dish makes the perfect lunch or easy dinner for two! Drizzle with your favorite creamy dressing, like a lemon tahini sauce and enjoy!
3. Beets and Butternut Squash Bowl with Cheesy Basil Pesto
All the best winter produce comes together in this Beets and Butternut Squash Bowl with Cheesy Basil Pesto. Earthy beets, sweet butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection with salt and pepper and then tossed with a homemade cheesy basil sauce. The sauce adds a savory contrast to the sweet roasted vegetables. This simple dish would be fantastic with any grain that you happen to have on hand.
4. Fairytale Pumpkin Feast for Two
There’s no rule that the veggie bowl can’t be in an edible bowl. If you are a pumpkin fan, this Fairytale Pumpkin Feast for Two is for you (and someone else). Filled to the brim with delicious vegetables, rice, lentils, and a savory pumpkin sauce, you may find yourself devouring it all before Prince Charming even shows up.
5. Wild Rice Bowl with Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries, Tempeh, Pickles, and Tahini Sauce
One of the fun things about veggie bowls is that you can combine flavors and textures you wouldn’t normally think went together. Case in point: this Wild Rice Bowl with Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries, Tempeh, Pickles and Tahini Sauce. It’s crunchy, sweet, savory, umami-infused, and heartily filling. Plus, it’s creamy and a little spicy from the tahini sauce. This is pure comfort food in a bowl.
6. Hippie Macro Glow Bowl with Maple Turmeric Tahini Dressing
This Hippie Macro Glow Bowl with Maple Turmeric Tahini Dressing is balancing, nourishing, and delicious. Filled with broccoli, kale, quinoa, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sesame seeds, these veggie bowls are packed with vibrant colors and a medley of textures. It’s all topped with a sweet, creamy maple turmeric tahini dressing.
7. Tempeh Tagine Bowl
Savor the flavors of Morocco with this Tempeh Tagine Bowl. Tempeh and squash are cooked with warm and fragrant spices and served with quinoa, lentils, and dried apricots. This bowl is nutritious, filling, simple to make, and absolutely delicious. It will take you away to Moroccan nights in Casablanca.
8. Toasted Quinoa Delicata Squash Bowls with Pickled Apples and Almond Butter Sauce
These Toasted Quinoa Delicata Squash Bowls with Pickled Apples and Almond Butter Sauce are powerhouse bowls packed with flavor and texture. They have sweet onions, tender delicata squash, tart pomegranate seeds, and crisp sauteed apples all atop a bed of toasted quinoa. If that wasn’t enough of a feast, there’s a warm almond butter sauce to go over it. Yum!
9. Citrus Walnut Beet Breakfast Bowl
Bowls are not just for dinner; you can have them for breakfast too like this Citrus Walnut Beet Breakfast Bowl. This is a delicious breakfast bowl of raw beets, bright, citrus-y orange, and rich walnuts topped with a burst of flavor from sweet pomegranate seeds and sweet dried cranberries. What a bright and colorful way to start the day!
10. Chili Lime Thai Noodle Bowl
This Chili Lime Thai Noodle Bowl is one of those super easy weeknight meal dinners. While the noodles are cooking, you cook the veggies, throw it all into one bowl, and dinner is served. The lip-smacking combination of chili and lime plus all the fresh veggies will have you coming back for more.
11. Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable, and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry
Not only is this Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry Bowl a great easy single-serve meal, it’s also a wonderful dish to make a big batch of and share with friends. It’s filled with amazing, bold flavors like the sweet chili peanut sauce and the coconut rice but the grilled pineapple really takes this dish over the top!
12. Raw Pad Thai Bowl with Tofu
If you need a break from greasy takeout food or all the heavy carb-loaded dishes that winter brings, you have to make this Raw Pad Thai Bowl with Tofu. It’s filled with all good things like veggies, bean sprouts, tahini, maple syrup, almond butter, garlic, and ginger. It’s a perfect place to start when your body just needs a reboot. Leave the tofu out for a soy free and fully raw meal.
13. Roasted Balsamic Beet, Sausage and Lentil Bowl
This Roasted Balsamic Beet, Sausage and Lentil Bowl is certainly unique. This beautiful veggie bowl is full of wonderful flavors including roasted beets and fennel, lentils, and vegan sausages. The sauce is a flavorful combination of orange and tahini. All these wholesome ingredients and textures will keep you satisfied. It’s so simple to make, yet incredibly tasty and surprisingly exciting in its range of flavors – all from just a few simple ingredients.
14. Thai Peanut Burrito Bowls
Not only are they ridiculously simple, these Thai Peanut Burrito Bowls are completely and utterly out-of-this-world tasty. However, the peanut sauce is the shining star – it’s rich, ultra-creamy, slightly spicy, and it’s made of peanut butter so you know it’s perfect. All the best textures and flavors combine into one easy yet epic meal. If you wanted to make this an actual burrito instead of a burrito bowl, you could wrap up the filling and sauce in a tortilla and it would still be perfectly delicious!
15. Chickpea Quinoa Power Bowl with Coconut Barbecue Sauce
Power bowls like this Chickpea Quinoa Power Bowl with Coconut Barbecue Sauce are one of the quickest and easiest meals ever. This glorious bowl has a bed of mixed greens topped with quinoa, broccoli, yellow pepper, and bok choy sauteed in liquid aminos, cumin chickpeas, tomato, and crunchy spiralized sweet potato. And, of course, it’s topped with a generous amount of coconut barbecue sauce! It’s creamy, a little coconut-y, smoky, sweet, and just glorious.
Just imagine sitting down in your coziest sweater and your fuzziest socks with any of these delicious veggie bowls. We bet you’re feeling warmer already just thinking about it.
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