Indian Cauliflower, Chickpea & Tofu Bowls

Savory oven-roasted Indian Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Tofu Bowls served over fluffy basmati rice with Cilantro Mint Chutney, seasoned with a simple Madras Curry dressing. A simple dish rich with fragrant spice and amazing flavor.  Healthy,  flavorful, …

Savory oven-roasted Indian Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Tofu Bowls served over fluffy basmati rice with Cilantro Mint Chutney, seasoned with a simple Madras Curry dressing. A simple dish rich with fragrant spice and amazing flavor.  Healthy,  flavorful, and vegan! (Updated 4/22)
Savory oven-roasted Indian Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Tofu Bowls served over fluffy basmati rice with Cilantro Mint Chutney, seasoned with a simple Madras Curry dressing. A simple dish rich with fragrant spice and amazing flavor.  Healthy,  flavorful, and vegan! (Updated 4/22) Only from the heart can you touch the sky ~Rumi This fragrant and warm recipe for Indian...

Burst Tomato Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl

Burst Tomato Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl is an easy, savory, high protein lunch that doesn’t require heating up! Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl I came up with this idea after buying the whole milk version of Good Culture Cottage cheese, which is the best tasting brand in my opinion. It reminded me of the inside of […]

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Burst Tomato Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl is an easy, savory, high protein lunch that doesn’t require heating up!

Burst Tomato Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl
Cottage Cheese Caprese Bowl

I came up with this idea after buying the whole milk version of Good Culture Cottage cheese, which is the best tasting brand in my opinion. It reminded me of the inside of Burrata cheese so I figured why not enjoy this caprese style! This is SO good and makes a delicious high protein lunch! If you love this idea, you might also love this savory cottage cheese bowl or these high protein cottage cheese and scrambled eggs!

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Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl

This quick and easy Sushi-inspired Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl makes a great budget-friendly, high protein lunch! Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl This easy Salmon Rice Bowl is fast and easy, made with just a few ingredients! Salmon salad using canned salmon is the star of the dish served over brown rice (I love frozen […]

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This quick and easy Sushi-inspired Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl makes a great budget-friendly, high protein lunch!

Spicy Canned Salmon Salad Rice Bowl
Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl

This easy Salmon Rice Bowl is fast and easy, made with just a few ingredients! Salmon salad using canned salmon is the star of the dish served over brown rice (I love frozen brown rice from Trader Joes) with diced cucumbers, sriracha, scallions, and furikake or nori. I am always trying to share new, quick lunch ideas that don’t take too much time to make. Earlier this week I posted an avocado quinoa salad as a vegetarian lunch option. Like tuna, canned salmon is a great pantry staple for protein, and it’s budget-friendly. More canned salmon recipes you may like are these Waffled Salmon Cakes, or swap the tuna for salmon in this Mayo-Less Tuna Pasta Salad.

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Grilled Chicken Orzo Salad with Avocado.

This grilled chicken orzo salad is a delicious lunch or dinner. Orzo is dressed in cilantro lime vinaigrette and tossed with grilled chicken, avocado, scallions and fresh herbs. Leftovers are fabulous too! A bowl this beautifully green has me happy on a Monday morning! This is going to become one of your new favorites. A […]

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This grilled chicken orzo salad is a delicious lunch or dinner. Orzo is dressed in cilantro lime vinaigrette and tossed with grilled chicken, avocado, scallions and fresh herbs. Leftovers are fabulous too!

A bowl this beautifully green has me happy on a Monday morning!

grilled chicken avocado orzo salad

This is going to become one of your new favorites. A great lunch option, a delicious dinner, this could even be a side dish for a get-together. I like to serve this grilled chicken orzo salad cold or chilled, with lots of avocado chunks and fresh herbs.

orzo with cilantro lime dressing

This recipe was born out of my adoration for keeping delicious vinaigrettes in my fridge at all times. And my love for grain bowls! You know this is a main focus of my book Everyday Dinners – make fridge staples throughout the week to keep in the fridge. Dressings and sauces that elevate dishes, things like bowls and salads, and keep variety in our meal plans.

It’s a key to eating well throughout the week.

grilled chicken

The orzo tossed in the cilantro lime dressing is just incredible. I could practically eat that on its own. So super delicious and flavorful.

grilled chicken avocado orzo salad ingredients

So I like to toss the orzo in the dressing then add everything else on top.

This is amazing served warm or cold, leftovers are great and it gets even more delish as it sits! 

orzo with avocado and scallions

Here’s the run down!

We start with my cilantro lime vinaigrette. This is one of my favorite dressings of all time! Not only is it a beautiful vibrant green color, but it’s incredibly delicious. It holds up well in the fridge. This is the dressing that I use on our favorite tortellini salad and it can’t be beat. 

When it comes to the base of the bowl, I love to use orzo. You could use quinoa, couscous, bulgur, rice – whatever your favorite is for a cold salad bowl. Now of course – you can serve this warm. But I really love to serve it chilled or even at room temp. It’s a fabulous meal to prep ahead of time for lunch or quick dinners.

orzo with grilled chicken, avocado and scallions

I grill chicken with a few of my go-to spices. Smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper obviously. The smoky flavor from the grill adds so much here so that is key for me. It makes it taste so much better – gives it a hint of summery flavor too. You can always use a rotisserie chicken in a pinch. 

Lots of green! I like to use avocado, cilantro and a bunch of fresh sliced scallions. If you’re preparing this a day or two ahead of time for work lunches, leave the avocado out until serving. Everything else can go into the bowl and gets tossed with the amazing vinaigrette! (more…)

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Coconut Rice Bowl with Spring Veggies & Mint

Delicious Coconut Rice Bowl is healthy and adaptable!  Curried jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and topped with tofu or your choice of protein and seasonal vegetables.  All tossed with a simple, flavorful sauce, fresh cilantro, mint and toasted coco…

Delicious Coconut Rice Bowl is healthy and adaptable!  Curried jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and topped with tofu or your choice of protein and seasonal vegetables.  All tossed with a simple, flavorful sauce, fresh cilantro, mint and toasted coconut flakes.
Delicious Coconut Rice Bowl is healthy and adaptable!  Curried jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and topped with tofu or your choice of protein and seasonal vegetables.  All tossed with a simple, flavorful sauce, fresh cilantro, mint and toasted coconut flakes. Vegan.

Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl

This Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl is a healthy breakfast in a bowl.  It’s colorful, loaded with fiber and protein, and sweetened naturally with fruit. Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl If you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast that takes five (5) minutes to make, look no further. It’s fiber- and protein-packed, so it’ll keep you […]

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This Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl is a healthy breakfast in a bowl.  It’s colorful, loaded with fiber and protein, and sweetened naturally with fruit.

Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl
Peanut Butter Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl

If you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast that takes five (5) minutes to make, look no further. It’s fiber- and protein-packed, so it’ll keep you full until lunch. For more healthy oatmeal recipes, try my Oatmeal Berry Smoothie Bowl, Banana Nut Protein Oats, and Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats.

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Spring Couscous Bowls with Lemon Feta Vinaigrette.

These spring couscous bowls are loaded with chickpeas, roasted asparagus, fresh herbs, roasted pistachios and drizzled all over with a lemon feta vinaigrette. So delicious for lunch or dinner and leftovers are great! These bowls are the epitome of spring! These spring couscous bowls have a base of chickpeas and couscous, topped with roasted asparagus, […]

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These spring couscous bowls are loaded with chickpeas, roasted asparagus, fresh herbs, roasted pistachios and drizzled all over with a lemon feta vinaigrette. So delicious for lunch or dinner and leftovers are great!

These bowls are the epitome of spring!

spring couscous bowls with lemon feta vinaigrette

These spring couscous bowls have a base of chickpeas and couscous, topped with roasted asparagus, thinly sliced green onions, chopped pistachios, lots of fresh herbs and a lemon feta vinaigrette. 

I mean – the flavor is INCREDIBLE. 

couscous and chickpeas in a bowl

This spring bowl is just delightful. It’s filling and super satisfying while at the same time bright and refreshing with all the spring flavors.

roasted asparagus

A bowl like this is the kind of meal that I love to eat for lunch or dinner, especially once the weather warms up. Everything can usually be prepared ahead of time. Most bowls, like this one, can even be combined ahead of time, then dressed right before eating. Leftovers with the dressing on also taste wonderful, because everything soaks up the vinaigrette and gets even more incredible.

Basically you cannot go wrong.

lemon feta vinaigrette

This comes together really easily, and of course you can add whatever else you love.

Here’s the details!

  • Cook the grains first! I love using pearl couscous. It’s been a favorite of mine for years and it’s my go-to grain bowl base. Of course you can also use quinoa or bulgur or orzo or rice. Anything you love for that base. It can be made ahead of time too. One of my best tips for making weekly meals come together easily is to cook some grains ahead of time and store them in the fridge. They are incredibly versatile for main or side dishes!
  • Beans bean beans. I love adding chickpeas to this. They have a little crunch (you could even roast them for more crunch!) and make this insanely filling. You can swap out the beans to use what you have on hand. If you’re not a bean person, you can leave them out. And always add chicken or shrimp or even tofu instead. 
  • My vegetable of choice right now is asparagus. I love it so much and when it’s in season, the thin spears taste so good. 
  • Green onions and fresh herbs. Any herbs that you love work. I like using parsley and basil. And then slicing my green onions or chives super thin. 
  • The nuts! Pistachios scream spring to me. Maybe it’s their pretty green color. I love them so! They are so buttery and rich and they add wonderful savory flavor to this bowl.

spring couscous bowls with lemon feta vinaigrette

Let’s talk vinaigrette. Yes, I am a vinaigrette fanatic. I could make up a new version everyday and enjoy it so much. This lemon feta vinaigrette is a take on the smashed feta vinaigrette from my grilled vegetable orzo salad. That is one of my favorite recipes of all time and I have to say – so is the dressing.

The feta gets so super delicious in the vinaigrette because it marinates. The dressing becomes slightly creamy from the cheese but still stays tart, briney and drizzle-able over the bowl. I could eat this with a spoon. 

The version on this couscous bowl is much more lemony and a little less herby. I love this dressing so much that I’m sharing another recipe in a few weeks that uses it as well. 

spring couscous bowls with lemon feta vinaigrette

I just can’t handle how versatile a bowl like this is. This ie everything I need in my life right now because it is fast and nourishing. In fact, it would be embarrassing for me to tell you how often I eat a grain bowl during the week. It’s my go-to easy lunch or dinner and with a few minutes of planning or prep, comes together so quickly. (more…)

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Miso Tofu with Veggies & Rice

This Baked Miso Tofu Bowl is healthy, vegan, and full of incredible umami flavor. The tofu and veggies are tossed in an orange and ginger-infused miso marinade (which doubles as dressing) and baked on a sheet pan in the oven. Serve it over a bed of ri…

This Baked Miso Tofu Bowl is healthy, vegan, and full of incredible umami flavor. The tofu and veggies are tossed in an orange and ginger-infused miso marinade (which doubles as dressing) and baked on a sheet pan in the oven. Serve it over a bed of rice with avocado, radishes, microgreens, and cashews for a healthy, delicious, vegan meal.

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

These Roasted Sweet Potato and Chipotle Black Bean Bowls are a filling vegetarian lunch or dinner, perfect for meal prep. Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls I love sweet potatoes and bowl recipes so I love this plant based meal in one dish. These bowls are very satisfying due to their long list of nutritious ingredients. […]

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These Roasted Sweet Potato and Chipotle Black Bean Bowls are a filling vegetarian lunch or dinner, perfect for meal prep.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Chipotle Black Bean Bowls
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

I love sweet potatoes and bowl recipes so I love this plant based meal in one dish. These bowls are very satisfying due to their long list of nutritious ingredients. You get protein and fiber from a combination of brown rice, beans, Greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes, plus plenty of vitamins and minerals from the kale and avocado.

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Winter Brussels Bowl with Toasted Farro

This brussels sprouts farro bowl is the perfect winter meal. Toasted farro, roasted brussels sprouts with pine nuts and citrus and feta, all drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette! Oh how I love a good grain bowl in the winter! This one is loaded with toasted grains, roasty, toasty brussels sprouts, my favorite nuts, a hint […]

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This brussels sprouts farro bowl is the perfect winter meal. Toasted farro, roasted brussels sprouts with pine nuts and citrus and feta, all drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette!

Oh how I love a good grain bowl in the winter!

brussels sprouts farro bowl

This one is loaded with toasted grains, roasty, toasty brussels sprouts, my favorite nuts, a hint of citrus and the most delicious dressing. Farro is one of my go-to winter ingredients and this bowl is perfect to add to your rotation.

I live for dressings, especially all the different vinaigrettes I make. They add so much to roasted vegetables, grain bowls, salads and marinades. Definitely a key secret for making good meals throughout the week.

brussels sprouts, onions, pine nuts

This farro bowl is a dish that you can easily prep ahead of time for lunches for the week or even a quick and easy dinner. It’s also simple enough that you don’t NEED to prep any of it ahead. Of course, I am always pro-prepping things like grains ahead of time. But I prefer my vegetables freshly roasted. So I may mix it up and do half and half. Either way, it comes together fast. 

dry farro

There are so many things that I love about this bowl!

Beginning with flavor and crunch.

roasted brussels sprouts, onion, pine nuts

Here’s how it goes down!

The toasted farro has so much flavor. It is slightly high-maintenance because it has a few steps, but it’s not difficult. I soak the farro, then cook it. Then I add it to a skillet with some olive oil and toast it to maximize the flavor and give it some crispy bits. It’s incredible this way and I would love to eat it like this every time. 

The roasted vegetables are super simple too! I use a big sheet pan and do brussels sprout, red onion and pine nuts. I’m obsessed with pine nuts and can eat them on anything. I love their flavor and crunch. Roasting these together gets them all caramely and toasty. 

toasted farro in a skillet

Citrus!! We’re in the height of citrus season and it’s just so good. Our family can go through a bag of clementines in mere days, we all love it so much. I used cara cara oranges for this bowl, but you can use any orange you have on hand. It brings the brightest pop to the bowl.

segmented citrus

Cheese, of course? I mean I guess it wouldn’t be one of my recipes without a sprinkle of cheese! I like to do crumbled feta here. It’s tangy and crumbles so nicely that you can get a bite in each forkful. You could also do goat cheese or even parmesan. Or leave out the cheese entirely if you wish.

The citrus vinaigrette is dreamy. I like to use both freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices. And I also use dill. I find that when dill is used in a dressing or recipe, it often gives you that “ooooh what is that amazing flavor that I can’t put my finger on?” thought. Makes it really delish. 

roasted vegetables, farro, oranges

It comes together fast and of course you can use it as a clean-out-the-fridge meal! Anything wintery that you have – sweet potatoes, squash, more citrus, even herbs. Make it your own! (more…)

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