9 Light, One-Bowl Lunches

Ah, the lunch bowl: It’s everything we love about lunch, contained in one very graze-friendly format. Ingredients mingle in a way that makes any one thing seem even better than it’d be on its own, and—whether it’s a salad, a chunky soup, or a grain bowl—keeps you coming back for just one more bite. Here are 9 we can’t imagine living without. For more ideas, check out our Clean Eating Channel.

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1. Power Kale Caesar Salad with Chicken

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Chicken just how you like it (i.e., raised without antibiotics), with super-healthy kale, crispy, romaine and Parmesan, tossed with Caesar dressing and topped with handmade Parmesan crisps.

2. Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

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Bright Mediterranean flavor with a boost from organic quinoa, kale, romaine, cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomato sofrito, and toasted almonds in Greek dressing. Topped with chicken raised without antibiotics.

3. Strawberry and Poppyseed Chicken Salad

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Chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, fresh strawberries, blueberries and pineapple, mandarin oranges, and pecans with fat-free poppyseed dressing.

4. Basic Quinoa Salad

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Summer tomatoes, bright-tasting olives, and salty cheese give quinoa the perfect lift. You can cook the quinoa the day before, then toss for a quick lunch. Get our Basic Quinoa Salad recipe.

5. Quinoa Chowder with Feta

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Adapted from Deborah Madison, this hearty vegetarian soup combines all the things we love most (salty feta, creamy Yukon Gold potatoes, spinach) combined with healthy quinoa. Get our Quinoa Chowder with Feta recipe.

6. I Am Giving Marinated Kale Salad

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Hijiki seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, and shoyu provide extra umami to this nourishing meal-in-a-bowl, the ultimate healthy way to eat your dark, leafy greens. Get our I Am Giving Marinated Kale Salad recipe.

7. Black-Eyed Pea and Caramelized Onion Salad

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There are two parts to this bowl: a black-eyed pea salad with dill and fennel, and mixed greens tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The beans can be served over the greens either warm or at room temperature. Get our Black-Eyed Pea and Caramelized Onion Salad recipe.

8. Sweet Chile–Chicken Rice Bowl

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This rice bowl recipe from LA chef Roy Choi is nothing like the gooey microwaved rice, rubbery chicken strips, and syrupy teriyaki-sauced versions you’ve seen (and probably eaten) elsewhere. Get our Sweet Chile–Chicken Rice Bowl recipe.

9. Spicy Thai Coconut Quinoa

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The spicy peanut dressing comes together in 1 minute, and while the quinoa simmers, cut the tofu and vegetables, which only take a few minutes to cook. Then just toss everything together for an easy, healthy lunch. Get our Spicy Thai Coconut Quinoa recipe.

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