When lunchtime hits, we need something to keep us fueled to tackle the remaining 50 things on our to-do list before the end of the day. (No pressure.) But instead of opting for something healthy and sustaining, we often settle for quick and convenient. In an effort to make more satisfying choices, we're trading in mediocre food for something better, like a homemade lunch bowl.
Lunch bowls (aka Buddha bowls or whatever you want to call them) are more delicious, more economical and just as portable as takeout — but way healthier. The bit of time they take to prepare at home is so worth the brain fuel and enjoyment you'll get later. Wise cooks can even use some of their dinner leftovers to create a scrumptious bowl. Read on for 12 satisfying lunch bowls to indulge in during your midday break.
Image via @veganbyeden
Black Rice Sushi Lunch Bowl
There's an art to making sushi and it can take a while to master the roll technique. Slicing thin raw vegetables is a lot easier to do, which makes this sushi bowl a brilliant alternative. Try black (aka forbidden) rice instead of white. The sweet and spicy maple-ginger-tamari sauce just might make you forget about soy sauce.
Recipe and image via @thebirdfeednyc
Broccoli, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Chickpeas, Roasted Pumpkin and Avocado Lunch Bowl
This lunch bowl is packed with so much goodness and color, and the only thing you really need to do is roast the pumpkin. Then it's just a matter of putting everything together and bringing it to work. Take a whole avocado separately then smash it into the bowl when lunch hits for the freshest taste (and because no one likes black avo).
Recipe and image via @fithealthylena_
Plant-Based Lunch Bowl
Not familiar with lupini (or lupin) beans? This easy lunch bowl is a great way to get acquainted. They add much-needed fiber and texture against the purple cabbage and spinach. Garnish with hemp seeds for a protein hit and cilantro for more freshness. You can even sprinkle a favorite (virtuous) snack on top for more texture.
Recipe and image via @bowlobsessed
Greek Couscous Salad Lunch Bowl
Have a game plan on Sunday night to make a massive quantity of this yummy Greek couscous salad. Portion it into individual lunch containers for a week of satisfying lunches. And who said that bowls always have to be round?
Recipe and image via @kristines_kitchen