Bowl food hints at fun. Bowl food is comforting. Bowl food sends this positive message: relaxed eating. Bowl food is everything mixed together; no separate piles on the plate. Burrito bowls and rice bowls are popular choices at regional restaurants. It’s been a lasting buzz term and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to opt for dumping everything in a bowl and just grabbing a utensil? The very thought of it seems to appeal to the busy weeknight cook.
Buying into this notion of eating bowl food for lunch or dinner takes the pressure off the cook. All at once, preparing a meal seems more approachable when you’re talking in terms of a pretty, simple one-dish dinner in which rice, pasta, salad greens or even tortilla chips are mixed in with other main ingredients. We’ve seen a few great examples of bowl food pass through the kitchen here at eMeals. Here are two of our favorites for you to enjoy.
Bacon Cheeseburger Chopped Salad is a clever twist on a bunless burger. It’s Paleo friendly (if you leave off the cheese), gluten free, low carb, kid friendly, and, not to mention, it’s pretty to look at. You might never go back to burgers on buns after you try this salad-bowl version.
Egg Roll in a Bowl takes the flavor profile of an egg roll (minus the wrapper) and cooks ingredients quickly in a skillet. Just add hot cooked rice. For weeknight flair, serve this meal with chopsticks.
So keep your dinner plates stacked on the shelf. Grab a few bowls, and get cooking one of these easy one-dish meals.
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- 11/4 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
- 12 slices bacon
- 6 cups (or more) chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 ripe avocados, chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped (optional)
- 1 (8-oz) block Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Mix together ground beef, salt and pepper; shape into 5 large, thin patties. Cook in a nonstick skillet over medium heat 5 minutes per side or until centers are no longer pink; cool and coarsely crumble.
- Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp; crumble.
- Toss together lettuce, crumbled hamburger, bacon, avocados, tomato and, if desired, onion Sprinkle with cheese. Serve in bowls with desired condiments (such as a drizzle of ketchup and your favorite mustard, or balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard).
- 1 lb ground beef
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 bag coleslaw mix
- 2 large carrots, shredded
- ½ bunch green onions
- Hot cooked brown rice
- Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly; drain.
- Combine garlic, soy sauce, and ginger.
- Stir coleslaw mix, carrots and sauce into ground beef. Cook 5 minutes or until cabbage is wilted. Top with green onions.
- Serve in bowls with brown rice.
-Text by Julie Gunter