Are you in a rut with your lunch options and need something new and different? It's time to try a grain bowl, also known as power bowls, buddha bowls or clean-out-the-fridge bowls. If you like meal prepping, you will love these because it’s simple to batch cook a few of the ingredients then totally wing it on the rest.
Here’s What You Need:
Grain, preferably a whole grain (quinoa, farro, brown rice, bulgur, wheat berries, couscous)
Protein (beans, lentils, over-easy egg, rotisserie chicken, canned fish)
Leafy greens (salad greens like arugula or leaf lettuce, sautéed kale or chard)
Crunchy vegetable (carrots, shredded red cabbage, thinly sliced radish or celery)
Fruit (apples or pears, fresh berries, dried cherries, dates, pomegranate seeds)
Olives or Nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, sliced almonds, honey-roasted peanuts)
Avocado or Cheese (smoked gouda, crumbled feta/bleu/goat or parmesan)
Sauce (balsamic vinaigrette, tahini, caesar, tzatziki, hummus)
The nice thing is that you can customize these based on your own dietary needs and preferences and still end up with something balanced and filling. Perfect for anyone who says salads aren’t worthy of a meal.
It can take some practice to build a bowl with flavors that pair well together, but after a few tries you’ll be a pro.
Need inspiration? Here are a few tried and true combinations that you can try building on:
farro + cherries (or dried cherries) + arugula + bleu cheese
quinoa + chicken + berries + feta
brown rice + red cabbage + chicken + peanuts + peanut sauce
couscous + feta + olives + cucumber + tomatoes