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You have three meetings, a doctor’s appointment and six errands to run today. Making dinner isn’t exactly first on the priority list. That’s why we rely on easy, effortless recipes we can make again and again. One of our favorite shortcuts? The rice bowl. Make a huge batch of basmati, and repurpose the leftovers all week long. Need inspo? Here are 28 tasty (and, most importantly, fast) rice bowl recipes for weeknight dinners. 

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1. Shrimp Bowls with Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice and Pineapple Salsa

Cue the island vibes. Coterie member Maria Lichty’s rice bowls are filled with seaside summer favorites: coconut, shrimp, pineapple and lime.

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2. Tropical Rice Bowl

We’re all about Coterie member Liz Harris’s genius combo of pineapple, plantains and coconut-milk rice. Extra guac, please.

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LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

3. CLEAN-EATING BIBIMBAP BOWLS

Raise your hand if you love a hearty grain bowl. (Same, guys.) But sometimes even we reach our quinoa limit. Shake things up with these clean-eating bibimbap bowls, a Korean dish piled high with veggies and rice. Spicy, crunchy and satisfying, they’re super easy to whip up on a whim. (And did we mention they’re vegan and gluten-free?) Pass the tamari.

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4. Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Carrots, Lentils and Yogurt

This low-carb twist uses riced cauliflower instead of traditional rice. We’re loving the spiced lentils, laced with curry powder, cumin and coriander.

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Full of Plants

5. ENCHILADA POWER BOWLS WITH SPICY TOFU

One serving of this vegetarian weeknight dinner packs 20g of protein and comes together in just 30 minutes.

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6. 30-Minute Chili Maple Lime Salmon Bowls with Forbidden Rice

Five minutes of prep for a dinner this pretty? If only getting ready in the morning were this easy.

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7. Orange Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowls

Coterie member Heidi Larsen’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly bowls sub in blitzed broccoli for traditional rice. It cooks faster than rice (45 seconds!), and it’s a sneaky way to add in more greens.

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8. Lemongrass Steak Banh Mi Bowls

Our new favorite way to top a sirloin steak dinner? With a spicy garlic aioli, pickled vegetables, radishes and cilantro. Yum.

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9. Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls

It’s everything you love about a burrito, minus the gluten. Thanks to hearty sweet potatoes, black beans and avocado, this vegan version is a crowd-pleaser, even for meat eaters.

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10. 20-Minute Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans

And if you prep all of the ingredients in advance, all you need to do is combine everything in a bowl and zap it in the microwave for two minutes. Dinner = done.

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11. Buddha Bowl with Kale, Avocado and Wild Rice

Sorry, but we’re not sick of buddha bowls yet—especially when they’re piled high with avocado, oranges and pomegranate seeds.

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12. Brown Rice Vegetable Cashew Lemon Bowl

The best weeknight dinners include a bit of meal prep. For this brown rice bowl, use any leftover grain you have, and shake up the dressing in advance. Total time to get it to the table? Five minutes.

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13. Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl

Burritos and bowls are a dinner hit, so combining the two is a no-brainer. Toss in all the things you love about fajitas—bell peppers, chicken, sour cream—into a brown rice bowl for a healthy, crowd-pleasing meal.

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14. Black Fried Rice with Snap Peas, Hemp Seeds and Scallions

We spy sriracha, which gives this black fried rice from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine a kick. Add to that hemp seeds, scallions and eggs, and you’ve got dinner (in a breezy 20 minutes).

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15. Spicy Salmon Sushi Bowls

Thought you couldn’t make sushi at home? Think again. The secret is in buying sashimi-grade salmon, then tossing it with rice in this deconstructed sushi bowl.

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16. Tofu Poké Bowl Recipe

Soy-ginger tofu takes center stage in this vegan poké bowl. Top it with cucumber, radishes and cabbage for extra crunch.

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17. Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower Bowls

This simple dish cooks in the oven on a sheet pan, and it’s loaded with the ginger, cumin, turmeric and paprika spice you’re craving.

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18. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Bowls

Yep, dinner can be this simple. Sauté chicken and veggies, add pineapple and douse it in barbecue sauce. Done.

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19. Lemon Pepper Baked Tempeh Cubes and Tempeh and Herbed Rice Bowl

Let tofu take the night off. Coterie member Gena Hamshaw mixes in lemon-pepper tempeh with whatever veggies you have on hand. Total cook time? Twenty minutes. Deliciousness level? 100.

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20. Easy Indian-Inspired Kitchari Bowls

Wait, you haven’t heard of kitchari bowls? While the restorative Indian stew now has its own trending hashtag, it’s actually been a popular Ayurvedic dish for centuries.

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21. 30-Minute Vietnamese Beef and Crispy Rice Bowl

In just 30 minutes, transport yourself to Saigon. This flavorful beef bowl serves up plenty of fresh herbs and veggies, with a bed of crave-worthy crispy rice.

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22. 30-Minute Thai Basil Turkey Bowls

Turkey isn’t reserved for sandwiches and Thanksgiving dinner. Ground turkey can also make the base of these Thai-basil-flavored rice bowls, complete with a topping of ghost pepper. Oh, did we mention it’s Whole30-approved too?

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Pinch of Yum

23. Healing Bowls with Turmeric Sweet Potatoes, Poached Eggs and Lemon Dressing

What's better than eating an apple a day? Noshing on this antioxidant-rich power bowl.

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LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

24. Whole30 Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice with Coconut-Herb Sauce

Few things are as satisfying as juicy, tender meatballs. Place them on a bed of cauliflower rice and top 'em with creamy coconut-herb sauce and you've got yourself a low-carb, yet hearty dinner.

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Minimalist Baker

25. BLACK BEAN PLANTAIN VEGAN BOWL

This 10-ingredient rice bowl is filled with good-for-you ingredients like roasted plantains and veggie slaw.

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Yup Its Vegan

26. TERIYAKI CAULIFLOWER RICE BOWLS

Chopsticks optional (but encouraged) for this gluten-free lunch bowl.

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Budget Bytes

27. Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Think you don’t like tofu? Think again.

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The Roasted Root

28. SUMMER BOWLS WITH GREEN GODDESS TAHINI DRESSING

Brown rice, ripe cherries, blackberries, peach, queso fresco—oh my.

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