28 Rice Bowl Recipes for Quick Weeknight Dinners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Bowls
Yep, dinner can be this simple. Sauté chicken and veggies, add pineapple and douse it in barbecue sauce. Done.
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.
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?
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.
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.
25. BLACK BEAN PLANTAIN VEGAN BOWL
This 10-ingredient rice bowl is filled with good-for-you ingredients like roasted plantains and veggie slaw.
26. TERIYAKI CAULIFLOWER RICE BOWLS
Chopsticks optional (but encouraged) for this gluten-free lunch bowl.
27. Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Think you don’t like tofu? Think again.
28. SUMMER BOWLS WITH GREEN GODDESS TAHINI DRESSING
Brown rice, ripe cherries, blackberries, peach, queso fresco—oh my.