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How to make a delicious veggie-packed bowl + 7 must-try recipes

Friends, if you’re looking to eat more plants, bowls should be in your regular cooking rotation! Bowls pack in nourishing, whole-food ingredients (like beans, rice, and vegetables) that’ll set yourself up for a week of healthy eating. Plus, there’s something therapeutic about eating a warm meal from a bowl; it’s just the right size to nestle in your hands!

Other benefits of bowls include:

  • Quick and easy to put together while getting a full dose of whole foods

  • Stretches out meals and uses leftover ingredients

  • Affordable cooking solution that makes the most of your food —and saves you from food waste! 

However, if your bowls are feeling a little lackluster —it may be less about the ingredients themselves and more about the way you’re putting them together.

How to make a meal-in-a-bowl: 5 elements to include

Meals in bowls basic infographic

To create a meal-in-a-bowl, choose (at least) one ingredient from each of the five categories. Consider seasonality, availability of ingredients and, of course, your own palate preferences! 

1. Grains, Starchy Vegetables & Pasta (cooked)

For whole grains, try amaranth, barley, farro, quinoa, oats, and rice. Starchy vegetables can include butternut squash, sweet potatoes,and potatoes. And whole-grain pasta, rice noodles, and gluten-free pasta are all good options.  

2. Greens (raw, sauteed, or steamed)

From sprouts to arugula to bok choy – there are so many ways to incorporate more greens on your plate. 

3. Fresh Herbs, Spices, & Other Toppings 

Fresh herbs (like basil, cilantro, dill, and parsley) + spices and toppings like nutritional yeast and ground raw flax meal will upgrade a bowl instantly. 

4. Plant-Based Proteins (beans & other cooked proteins/meat alternatives)

Beans and meat-alternatives like tofu, tempeh, and seitan are keys to complete a bowl with a hearty texture. 

5. Non-Starchy Vegetables or Non-Sweet Fruit (cooked)

Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and onions are just some of the many non-starchy vegetables. As for non-sweet fruit, consider avocado, cucumber, and tomatoes. 

BONUS: Condiments & Dressings 

Does your bowl feel like it’s missing something? Drizzle it with condiments like pesto, salsa, dressings, and vinegar. It’ll give it that extra oomph of flavor. 

7 veggie-packed bowl recipes for inspiration

1. The Energy Bowl

The Energy Bowl vegan recipe from Swich

Get the recipe: The Energy Bowl

2. Burrito Bowl

Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe from Swich

Get the recipe: Burrito Bowl

3. Spicy Peanut Buddha Bowl

Vegan Spicy Peanut Buddha Bowl recipe from Swich

Get the recipe: Spicy Peanut Buddha Bowl.

4. Shawarma Tofu Bowl 

Vegan Shawarma Bowls recipe from Swich

Get the recipe: Shawarma Tofu Bowl

5. The Wholesome Bowl

Plant-based Wholesome Bowl recipe Swich

Get the recipe: The Wholesome Bowl

6. Tofu Sofritas Bowl

Vegan Tofu Sofrita Bowl recipe from Swich

Get the recipe: Tofu Sofritas Bowl 

7. Curried Tofu, Kale & Mushroom Bowl (keto-friendly)

Vegan Curried Tofu Kale Bowl Recipe Keto-Friendly

Get the recipe: Curried Tofu, Kale & Mushroom Bowl.

Looking for more ways to put more plants on your plate? Check out these cooking tips for eating more veggies every day of the week

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Alice C. ( 2yr ) – These all look amazing and so yummy. I am going to try them all. Thank you

Swich C. ( 2yr ) – They’re delicious! :)

Khadija C. ( 2yr ) – Lovely and Healthy

Swich C. ( 2yr ) – We agree! Be sure to let us know your thoughts if you make any of these recipes.

Alice C. ( 2yr ) – My mouth is watering, they all look so yummy.

Ashley S. ( 2yr ) – Have you tried any of these recipes? If so, which have been your favorites? :)

Betty P. ( 2yr ) – OMGosh… These all look delicious!! I’ll try them all!!

Swich C. ( 2yr ) – They’re delicious! Keep us posted and let us know which is your favorite.

Cindy S. ( 2yr ) – I see some of these that I know I will like,band look forward to trying them.

Swich C. ( 2yr ) – Let us know what you think!

Kathy R. ( 2yr ) – I’m just getting over a injury ..so it might take a bit to get ingredients and being able to actually do the cookin..cooking.. so excited..however I really don’t like or can tolerate spicy foods ..can jalapeños ..black pepper ..and other spices be omitted?

Ashley S. ( 2yr ) – Absolutely! These recipes will still taste great even without the extra spice. Wishing you a speedy recovery!