The Bowl Craze Explained in 9 Awesome Recipes
The bowl craze started with the smoothie bowl and has since become a menu staple in most health-conscious restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if you haven’t seen one of these protein-packed options on a menu, you’ve likely seen the photogenic one-dish menu item on your Instagram feed. Regardless, it’s undeniable that bowl meals are having a moment. So we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes to show you why this food trend is on fire.
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We’re having a major cauliflower moment right now, and this Brown Rice Bowl With Curried Roasted Cauliflower definitely satisfies our craving for the white broccoli. The earthy roasted cauliflower mingles with the fresh, tangy taste of the green chutney to create a perfectly balanced Indian-inspired bowl. Feel free to make a big batch and freeze for easy homemade meals any evening of the week.
We just love to look at this almost-too-pretty-to-eat Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl. But it’s so delicious that we can never look for too long. It’s both refreshing and cozy, perfect for a crisp fall morning. Adding other fruits like watermelon or mango only make this healthy breakfast option more delicious.
This Coconut Banana Oats Bowl with crunchy black sesame quinoa cereal and mango is a surprisingly wonderful collection of flavors and textures. The homemade quinoa cereal serves as a scrumptious alternative to granola and has far fewer calories. The trick to making this tropical breakfast bowl a two-minute process: Throw all of the ingredients in your bowl the night before and blend for a minute the next morning.
Created by an athlete, this power quinoa bowl offers everything you everything you need to have an energy-fueled productive day without the sluggishness of a heavy lunch. Roasted vegetables, sliced avocado, and a poached or fried egg make this a perfectly textured dish. Add shredded chicken to punch up the protein factor and salsa verde if you want a little extra flavor.
This delicious and oh-so-photogenic Enlighten Smoothie Bowl is easy to make in just a couple of minutes. For your smoothie bowl base, add fresh or frozen berries, fresh banana, nut butter, water, and ice cubes to your blender. Then garnish with chia seeds, coconut, shaved almonds, cacao nibs, or anything else your morning self desires.
This Sorrel Rice Bowl With Poached Eggs is our favorite menu item at Los Angeles restaurant Sqirl. We love the taste of fresh pesto, zesty lemon, and creamy feta. The watermelon radish adds to the beautiful color palette of this dish and, when served on a floral china dish like at Sqirl, it looks like a dream.
Cupcake and Cashmere’s Emily Schuman offers her own take on the grain bowl from L.A. eatery Superba Food + Bread, and it is absolutely delicious. This grain bowl is special because it incorporates three types of grains: bulgar wheat, quinoa, and rye berries. Each grain is cooked separately and then added together with pickled veggie slaw, cashews, and a poached egg.
This quinoa breakfast bowl is the perfect substitute for oatmeal. The Wheatless Kitchen gives us a simple but oh-so-satisfying recipe. We love the crunch of cooked quinoa mixed with the creaminess of slices banana and berries. And the maple syrup drizzle is just the cherry on top.