Soups, Salads & Bowls

Dinner in a bowl can absolutely be a full meal. These recipes for Soups, Salads & Bowls are sure to satisfy the whole family, one bite at a time.

Cheesy Chicken Corn Chowder

For my family, this chowder is home in a bowl. It combines all our favorites – chicken, bacon, cheese, corn, and potatoes – into one delicious bowl of food. And it is hearty enough to fill you up any day of the week.  

Asian Soup & Salad

This dish does have a lot of moving parts – with the grilled steak, the soup, and the salad. But that just makes it the perfect meal to prepare as a family for your family. There are veggies to be prepped, marinades to make and soup broth to create. The end product is nothing short of divine.

Pizza Salad

Pizza is almost always a win for family meals – but all those carbs from the crust make it hard to stay on track with a healthy meal plan. Replacing the crust with a bed of romaine and making a simple dressing from scratch creates a meal with all the flavors of a combination pizza without the unnecessary carb load!.

Sausage & Peppers Over Cheesy Grits

Grits are a staple in the South, but they can be found all over. They are a great alternative to pastas and rice – and this version is cheesy too! Paired with the classic flavors of Sausage and Peppers – you are not likely to end up with any leftovers!

Thai Inspired Coconut Shrimp Soup                         

Some hear Coconut and assume it is going to be super sweet and it is simply not true. The sweetness you taste in this soup is the perfect balance to the spice of the ginger and red pepper flakes, the tang of the lime juice and the saltiness of the shrimp. And you get all that amazing flavor in under 30 minutes!

Ricotta Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Most everyone grew up on the old stand-by – Grilled cheese with tomato soup from a can. In fact, it may have been the first “meal” you learned to make all on your own. This meal takes it to a whole other level of flavor and freshness. Making the tomato soup from scratch and using three kinds of cheese for the sandwich gives so much power to this simple dish.

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Sometimes you just need a nice warm bowl of soup to end the day. Whether its cold and rainy out or your family has just had a long day – this soup will warm up your soul. The simplicity of this silky and flavorful soup will delight your family.

Ginger Dumpling Soup

This soup may fall under the “semi-homemade” category with the ready-made dumplings used, but the amount of flavor created in the broth is going to give you a pass on the homemade front.  The incredibly simple combination of scallions, snow peas, red peppers and cabbage make for a very hearty full meal!

Quesadilla Explosion Salad

Entrée salads are immensely popular in my house. In fact, all of my kids love salads and often order them when we go out to eat. And no, I did not trick them into loving veggies – okay maybe I did, but it was worth it. This salad brings together a child favorite – quesadillas – and a hearty salad packed with a full rainbow’s worth of veggies 

Potato Leek Soup with Sausage

Leeks are often overlooked because they have such a subtle flavor. In truth, leeks are an excellent “enhancer food” – they elevate the flavors of other ingredients to deliver a tasty meal. Rosemary and thyme add another layer of yumminess to this dish making it hearty and delicious.

Shrimp Burrito Bowl         

All the deliciousness of a big ol’ burrito without all the extra carbs of the tortilla. And freshly made salsa is always so much better than what comes from a jar. You can also easily customize these bowls to make sure everyone only gets what they want.

Turkey Bean Chili

Full of veggies and flavor, this chili is certainly going to be a favorite at your table. Using ground turkey, you can highlight the spices used – namely Cumin – and real secret ingredient – Green Chilies.

Chicken & Bok Choy Ramen                

This one pot wonder packs so much flavor When you hear ramen – do you think of the little orange bag with a brick of noodles and “flavor” packet? This is definitely NOT that! While this dish may seem to have a lot of ingredients – the amount of true flavor you get in a short period of time is delightful. And if you have not tried Bok Choy before – you are really missing out.

Thai Rice Bowl

Thai flavors are very distinct and robust. Rice bowls are super easy meals for a weeknight and are easily customizable to each person’s likes. Putting them together just makes sense!

Spaghetti Soup

Spaghetti has tried and true flavors that you can shift and change to make more than just a plate of pasta. This soup is super easy to make and a great take on the old classic. It is also easily vegetarian and goes great with a side salad and some garlic bread. But you can also add in some sausage and make it heartier.

Orange Chicken Salad

The star of this dish is the homemade Dressing. It is a silky combination of orange and Dijon mustard that absolutely sings over the delicious chicken. Entrée salads can be so vibrant and full of flavor and they are great for those who Meal Plan as well as those who meal prep. You can make all the components of this meal ahead of time and put them together at dinner time!

White Bean Chicken Soup

So many people say you cannot make soup from scratch on a weeknight because it takes hours for flavor to develop. And those people are wrong! You just have to start with amazing flavors, and they will develop quickly. The key to this dish – and so many of the Homemade on a Weeknight dishes – is Chicken Bone Broth. The depth of flavor created by making bone broth carries right into the meal. Chicken, Cannelloni Beans and Green Chilies all come together to make a soul warming hearty dinner.

Grilled Salad             

Entrée salads are perfect any time of year, but this grilled salad is exactly right for a hot summer night. You can grill up the steak and corn outside and serve it over a bed of fresh veggies – so tasty.          

Chopped Cobb Salad                           

Some meals are classics for a reason – they have stood the test of time with their simple flavors and ease of creation. Cobb salad is no different. And the creamy bleu cheese dressing you’ll  make from scratch is going to making you so happy poured over the yummy meats, cheeses, and veggies in this salad.

Sausage & Veggie Rice Bowl

Bleu cheese and bacon goes together so well, and add it to steak and potatoes? Forget about it! This dish is twice baked potatoes kicked up several notches. Flank steak is a cut of meat that make serving Quick, simple, and easy – this is a great meal for a busy night. The entire dish takes as long as a pot of rice takes to cook! But it is going to taste like you spent much longer slaving over that hot stove. This is another dish that is great for prepping ahead – by getting all your veggies chopped up and ready beforehand, you will have even less to worry about come dinner time.  

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