Next Week's Meal Plan

A Week of Easy and Delicious One-Bowl Dinners

updated Jan 26, 2023
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Credit: Photos: Shelly Westerhausen, Joe Lingeman, Lauren Volo; Design: The Kitchn

When I’m looking for a meal that’s healthful, nourishing, and (most importantly) easy, my favorite solution is a grain bowl. (In fact, I love them so much I wrote a whole cookbook about grain bowls!)These one-bowl meals check all the right boxes: They can be (mostly) prepped in advance (which makes getting dinner on the table mid-week a whole lot more manageable), they often leave enough leftovers for lunch, and they are a yummy way of ensuring I get plenty of vegetables and feel-good ingredients on the table. Here’s a week’s worth of easy one-bowl meals, packed with flavor and variety, plus a guide to how I plan it all out.

Credit: Shelly Westerhausen
Soba Noodle Broth Bowl

Monday: Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Miso-Butter Mushrooms

Monday nights in my house are all about ultra-comforting dinners, and right now we’re all about broth bowls. I plan to make extra mushrooms so I can add them to Friday’s dinner.

Get the recipe: Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Miso-Butter Mushrooms

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Tuesday: Spicy Thai Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls

I’ll cook the rice, prep the veggies, and make the sauce during my weekend meal prep session, so all that’s left to do come dinnertime is cook the chicken — which happens fast since the recipe calls for ground chicken. Then I just reheat the rice and assemble the bowls. There’ll be enough leftovers for lunch the next day too!

Get the recipe: Spicy Thai Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Wednesday: Greek Chicken Grain Bowls

I have a little bit of romaine, kale, mixed greens, and parsley hanging out in the crisper, so I plan to chop them up, mix them together, and use them as the base of this bowl in place of the quinoa — otherwise I could prep that ahead as well. I’ll cut up the veggies and blitz together the sauce (I’m making a double batch so I can use it again with Thursday’s dinner) while the chicken cooks, and dinner hits the table in under 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Greek Chicken Grain Bowls

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Thursday: Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Bowls

I’ll use the leftover feta sauce from last night’s dinner in place of the yogurt sauce in this recipe, and will also swap the poached eggs for a couple of pre-made hard-boiled eggs that I have in the fridge.

Get the recipe: Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Bowls

Credit: Lauren Volo

Friday: Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

This is one of my favorite dinners for cleaning out the crisper at the end of the week. I’ll roast all my leftover veggies and pile them onto some hummus along with the leftover miso mushrooms from Monday. Round out the bowl with some pita chips, and voilà!

Get the recipe: Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

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