These 8 Weeknight Dinner Bowls Are What You Are Craving

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By Cooking Panda

If you are struggling this week and just want some easy, healthyish dinners to make, whether it’s for one or six, might we recommend the superstar BOWL? Dinner (or lunch) bowls are filling, satisfying and easy to customize — just swap around the veggies, protein and grains as desired to fit your needs. Dinner bowls are super simple and low-key, but they are incredibly easy to snazz up if you’re feeding a bunch of people at a party or making just a fun dinner for the family — all you need to do is set a bunch of ingredients out and let people construct their own bowls and have fun with it! Here are some of our favorite meal bowls:

1. Chipotle Shrimp Burrito Bowl

The smoky marinade works great on just about any protein, from chicken to tofu to jackfruit, so if shrimp isn’t your thing, adjust accordingly. Whatever protein you use, you’ll love this easy and affordable version of your favorite quick meal out.

2. Quinoa Bibimbap Bowls

​Bibimbap — “mixed rice” in Korean — gets a healthy, hearty makeover by swapping out rice for quinoa and topping it with crunchy veggies and a fried egg. We’re sold!

3. Chicken Gyro Bowls

These quick-marinated chicken gyro bowls are just delightful! Use a ton of greens if you want to turn it into a salad, or up the grains and squash for something a little more filling and wintery. You can totally serve these with pita or flatbread on the side, by the way.

4. Banh Mi Bowl With Lemongrass Meatballs

WHOA! This is the perfect solution to the age-old dilemma called, “I want to eat banh mi for every dinner ever, but it’s winter and I want something heartier than a sandwich.” Solution? Make these easy, flavor-packed lemongrass pork meatballs, quick-pickle some carrots, grab some fresh herbs, and throw them all together into a bowl full of grains, like quinoa or rice. Oh yeah, and you get to top the whole thing with spicy sriracha mayo, which makes the whole thing even better!

5. Hawaiian BBQ Tofu Bowl

All aboard the Buddha Bowl train! This sweet, savory, healthy veggie bowl will fill you up and give you some nutrients without sacrificing any flavor at all. Plus, it tastes amazing topped with coconut flakes, cilantro and avocado for a really exciting, zippy twist on dinner.

6. Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

The soft, tender tuna gets marinated in a sweet, tangy sauce and placed atop a bowl full of pillowy steamed rice, fresh cut fruit and veggies, and basically anything else that floats your boat, just to sweeten the deal that much more. Would you prefer to put together a DIY poke bar? Here’s exactly how to wow your friends and family with an awesome easy and fun dinner.

7. Mushroom and Chicken Marsala Bowls

Who doesn’t love this classic dish? If you could eat Chicken Marsala every day but know that you probably shouldn’t, let us propose this version to shovel down your throat on the regular. If it’s a little too healthy for you, you can always liven it up by using more chicken or switching out the base to pasta or fluffy mashed potatoes. Yum!

8. Fried Chicken And Egg Rice Bowl (Torikatsudon)

Filling, flavorful, and just totally all-around delicious, this dish is a real winner, plus you get to top it with shredded nori and scallions to really impress your palate. If you want to be a little healthier, why not just bake the chicken instead of deep frying it and call it a (delicious) day?

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