Y’all know I’m all about the bowl meals, right? It’s pretty routine for me to just go into my fridge, grab whatever odds and ends I have, and throw them into a bowl for a meal. They usually have some sort of base (a grain or salad greens), a protein, some vegetables, and some sort of cheese or dressing on top. The rice-hummus combo is one of my favorite bowl meal bases, so I wanted to highlight that here and show just how flexible it is. So, that being said, these Mediterranean Hummus Bowls are less of a “recipe” and more of a template for easy meals. I’m going to offer plenty of ideas for swaps and substitutions below, but I encourage you to get creative and discover your own new flavor combinations based on what you have in your fridge!
Mediterranean Hummus Bowls
Ideas for Swaps and Substitutions
- Garlic Marinated Chicken (thighs or breast)
- Soft Boiled Eggs (see a photo of my “breakfast” hummus bowl in that post)
- Beef Kofta Meatballs
- Ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef prepared in the same way as the beef in the recipe below.
- Go all veg! The hummus provides a good amount of protein, so you can keep it simple and just do the rice, hummus, and vegetables.
- Any mix of roasted vegetables
- Quartered artichoke hearts
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Roasted or grilled eggplant
- Sautéed or grilled zucchini or yellow squash
- Roasted cauliflower
- Roasted red peppers (from a jar)
- Bell peppers
- Shredded beets or carrots
- Any other grain, like bulgur, farro, brown rice, quinoa, etc.
- Salad greens
- Or you can even make this into a naan pizza. Spread the hummus over the naan like a sauce and add the rest of the ingredients on top.
Mediterranean Hummus Bowls
Seasoned Ground Beef
- 1/2 lb. ground beef ($2.65)
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
- 1/2 tsp cumin ($0.05)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
Bowl Ingredients (all ingredients optional)
- 4 cups cooked rice ($0.70)
- 1 cup homemade hummus ($1.48)
- 1 pint grape tomatoes ($1.89)
- 1/2 English cucumber ($0.75)
- 1/4 red onion ($0.07)
- 1 cup kalamata olives ($0.90)
- 2 oz. crumbled feta ($1.10)
- handful fresh parsley, chopped ($0.25)
- Add the ground beef to a skillet, along with the oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Cook and stir the beef over medium heat until fully browned and evenly combined with the spices.
- To build the bowls, add 1 cup rice and 1/4 cup hummus to each bowl. Divide the remaining ingredients among the four bowls, or in any amount that you desire. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.
Step by Step Photos
Add 1/2 lb. ground beef to a skillet along with 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook and stir the beef over medium heat until it is fully browned and combined with the spices.
While the beef is cooking, prepare the rest of your toppings. I used grape tomatoes, English cucumber, some leftover red onion that I had, leftover kalamata olives, a handful of parsley, and some leftover feta cheese. Here’s a tip for red onions: let them soak for about 5 minutes in ice water and that will take the super spicy edge off and make them a little easier on the stomach. :)
Then it’s time to build your Mediterranean Hummus Bowls! Start with about one cup of rice per bowl, add 1/4 cup hummus, then just go ahead and divide the rest of your ingredients among the four bowls. You can serve them right away, or pack them away in meal prep containers for later. They’ll keep in the fridge for about four days.
Are you already a hummus bowl eater? What are your favorite topping combos? I’d love to hear more ideas! Leave your favorite ingredients for me in the comments below.