Take Your Dinner Bowls To the Next Level: Make Them Edible

Take Your Dinner Bowls To the Next Level: Make Them Edible

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The newest trend in kitchens and on dinner tables everywhere is the edible bowl. Entertaining is a strenuous job that (most of the time) leaves your kitchen cabinets empty of clean bowls, plates, and utensils, and fills your sink with dirty dishes galore. However, with the newest edible bowl craze, fueled by Tumblr blogs and "bread bowl" soup packaging in restaurants like Panera, there is now a way to avoid a mess after a night of entertaining.

Consider serving BBQ-filled "meat shot glasses" at your football party this summer, or pour your iced coffee creation in a "balloon-made chocolate cup" that you can munch on after your beverage.

The possibilities are truly endless. Not only are edible bowls fun ways to serve meals, but they are generally easy to make, and will leave quite an impression on your guests. And since the bowls are edible, you won’t have to worry about a pile of dishes in your sink.

Edible bowls can be used for any meal of the day — from breakfast to dinner and dessert. These 6 dishes are some of our summer favorites for all your hosting throughout the season!

5 Rice Bowl Recipes

Rice bowl recipes are an easy win for a filling family dinner that has something everyone will love.

It’s 5 o’clock and you’re wandering around your kitchen trying to decide how to toss the ingredients on hand into an edible meal. Let me help! I’ve got 5 rice bowl recipes to share that will make dinner time a breeze. These bowls don’t need fancy ingredients, just use the veggies you already have, and mix + match the sauces to fit your preferences. Let’s make dinner easy as well as enjoyable for everyone.

Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.


Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


Want to cook healthier, low-stress dinners, improve your lunch game, and find meals that can be prepped mostly in advance? Bowls are for you! You can create satisfying, nourishing, bowls built around grains, noodles, greens, and broths and find inspiration to customize your own creations.

The popularity of chains such as Sweetgreen and Dig Inn continue to grow, and bowls have started to appear in supermarket produce aisles (and even in the freezer section). Our recipes translate bowl culture to the home kitchen with a mix of inspiring ideas and recipes that are scaled down to 2 to 4 people. We&rsquove also streamlined every recipe to 1 hour or less, and ensure that most complete bowls (and all bowl components) can be made in advance.

Some of the recipes you&rsquoll find inside:

Salad Bowls

Sushi lovers, meet your new favorite lunch bowl.

  • Base: baby greens
  • Protein: tuna
  • Vegetable: Avocado
  • Sauce: soy-honey-ginger dressing
  • Crunch: toasted sesame seeds
Grain & Bean Bowls

Turkey Meatball and Barley Bowl

Up your weeknight rotation with this simple and pantry-savvy grain bowl.

  • Base: barley
  • Protein: ground turkey
  • Vegetable : carrots and snow peas
  • Sauce: oil-lemon-cilantro dressing
  • Crunch: raw radishes
Noodle Bowls

Tagliatelle alla Norma Bowl

This spin on the classic, Pasta alla norma, makes for a hearty, vegetable-filled pasta bowl.

  • Base: tagiatelle
  • Vegetable : eggplant
  • Sauce: t omato
  • Crunch: toasted pine nuts
Soup Bowls

Mexican Street-Corn Chowder

Inspired by the popular Mexican street food, this soup ensures that each spoonful hits all the taste buds

  • Base/Vegetable: corn
  • Protein/Crunch : chorizo sausage
  • Sauce: sour cream and lime / chipotle-yogurt sauce

Editorial Reviews

"How to bowl' takes on a new, non-sports meaning with this latest collection from America&rsquos Test Kitchen, the group of food professionals known for identifying food trends and translating their tirelessly tested specifics into real-life kitchenery."

"America&rsquos Test Kitchen&rsquos &lsquoBowls&rsquo is right on trend"
-Portland Press Herald

"Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities is the most wonderful book for foodies who love that umami feeling on their tastebuds. Packed with nutrient-dense, flavorful bowls with vibrant colors, there is a bowl in this book for everyone. Although the recipes may look complicated at first because of the number of ingredients, they are actually pretty simple and can be altered to the taste of the chef or to the individual person. This is a book that has endless possibilities. "
-Manhattan Book Review


Recipes: 197
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Item Number: CQ27
Item Weight: 1.95 pounds

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Pasta and Noodles for Dinner – Yes, Please!

  • These Garlic Noodles might be one of both our favorite recipes on the blog! They’re so simple to make and just filled with so much umami goodness. While we can both inhale these noodles and call it a day, we do occasionally throw some broccoli florets and chicken into the mix to make it a complete meal!
    is another carb loading dinner we adore. It’s so easy to make and is amazing paired next to some mixed greens.

  • We are always down to make our Chile Oil Garlic Noodles! They’re so good and another dish we can just inhale as is, or beef up with some protein and veg. Either way, this noodle recipe is a real winner!
    is a dinner your kids will love (everyone for that matter). It’s simple only requiring one pot to clean up, made with milk instead of cream (but still incredibly creamy) and so tasty! Add some chicken or shrimp into the mix, stir in some spinach or mushrooms, the possibilities are endless!

  • When we realized how easy it is to make Chow Mein we couldn’t believe it! We love making this popular noodle dish at home all the time for dinner now!
  • We love Thai food and one of our favorite dishes is Pork Pad See Ew. This is another dish we’re so happy to have been able to make at home! It’s such an easy and delicious dinner idea that we get so excited to make and enjoy!

  • We love a good stir fry dish and our Singapore Noodles with Shrimp hit the spot every.single.time. The combination of the curry infused noodles, sautéed shrimp, snow peas and bell peppers make this complete meal something we can eat all the time!
  • When we’re craving pasta, but also want something simple with maximum flavor we turn to our Capellini with Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan. It’s the deliciously low maintenance dish that everyone loves!

  • Get a crockpot with a timer function. Start your dinner before heading out for the day and dinner is ready when you return
  • Purchase liners for your slow cooker! It makes clean up so easy
  • Have a plan- Prepare a meal plan and ingredient list before your road trip
  • Prep Ahead. Precook ground beef and freeze
  • Keep side dishes simple! To save time purchase frozen or canned veggies, bagged salads, deli coleslaw and pasta salads, chips, and fresh fruit
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Use Stinging Nettles Like Spinach

Stinging nettles, once blanched and squeezed dry, can be used in place of spinach in recipes in which the spinach is cooked. A few favorite examples of how to use stinging nettles like spinach include spinach lasagna and spinach rice pilaf. Stinging nettles also work well as the green in greens in yogurt and cumin.

Rice dishes

Growing up I wasn't exposed to a lot of Spanish or Latin cuisine, but things were different in the 1980s. No Instagram, no 24-hour cooking channels, so aside from the occasional Chinese food take-out, the only time we had food with a little more flair was when my mom would make Spanish rice. It was a one-dish meal made with ground meat, tomato and rice and it was delicious. I recently recreated the dish and subbed cauliflower rice similar to this recipe from Wholesomelicious, but with the addition of ground beef. Another idea, a recipe for Texas hash from A Family Feast is a one-pot meal that again, combines ground meat, rice, and tomato, but with more vegetables and spices.

If you'd prefer to have some beans with your rice, few recipes are more drool-worthy than cilantro lime rice with black beans from Carlsbad Cravings. Perfect as a side, or as the base of a burrito bowl, it would be equally delicious all on its own.

12 Ways to Make Dinner With Last Night's Leftovers

You’ve probably been eating leftovers a lot lately, and while leftovers are a great way to save yourself the hassle of coming up with a brand-new idea for dinner every single night of the week, reheating a large-format lasagna or baked chicken can get boring quickly. Our advice? Think of your dinners for the week like meal prep.

Though it's often associated with lunchtime, meal prep offers a creative way to turn Monday’s meatballs into Tuesday’s frittatas and Wednesday’s burritos. Keep reading to see how you can meal prep your dinner this week and be sure to share what you make with us by using the hashtag #WeCook on Instagram.

Make First: Pulled Pork

If you’ve never made pulled pork (pictured above) from scratch before, this recipe is a great one to start with. Eight ingredients are all you need to make it, plus you can set your pork shoulder to cook in a Dutch oven while you finish up work or homeschooling for the day. When it's done, add it to a hamburger bun and top with some crunchy slaw or load it into some warmed tortillas for a refreshing summery bite. This recipe yields six cups of pulled pork — which you’ll be able to store in your refrigerator for up to 1 week — and can use to make the next three recipes.

73 Best Chocolate Dessert Recipes to Delight Every Sweet Tooth

Mousse, brownies, fudge. these are the best of the best.

Give us all the chocolate&mdashand then some! Honestly, is there anything better than sitting down to a fresh-out-of-the-oven slice of chocolate cake, a platter of homemade brownies, or a plate of extra-chunky chocolate chip cookies? We think not. That's why we've rounded up the best chocolate dessert recipes right here. Within our curated list are classic options (like chocolate pie and a simple peppermint fudge) and a few next-level upgrades that'll have all your guests talking. Chocolate-covered potato chips, anyone?

Of course, not every chocolate-laden dish has to be a showstopper. Sometimes, you just want something comforting and delicious after a long week&mdashsomething that comes together quickly with minimal fuss. We've got you covered there too: Most of the recipes on our list are easy to throw together with ingredients you already have in your pantry. And even the more adventurous options&mdashchocolate wontons and sheet cake recipes&mdashwon't take you too long to figure out.

Interested in drinking your chocolate? Yep, it's a possibility&mdashand we can help you there as well: Our list includes fully-loaded, homey hot chocolate recipes too. On your marks, get set, bake!