Grain bowls are one of the best ways to get a quick, healthy meal on the dinner table. All you need are three basic components: warm grains, vegetables, and a source of protein (like egg, beans, or chicken). Use my mix and match formula to create a satisfying weeknight dinner. One that tastes really, really good.I joined a group called The Recipe Redux, which means every month, I’ll post a recipe based on their chosen theme. This month, they asked me to post a recipe that helps families get back to the dinner table. For a lot of families, the end of August means the beginning of the school year and a return to weekly routines. As life gets busier again, it can be hard to find time to cook dinner. Enter, the grain bowl.
Why grain bowls are a great weeknight meal:
- You can use cold leftover grains (with optional hot toppings like thinly sliced steak or a poached egg), or cook grains in a rice cooker with a warm setting, and serve it whenever you’re ready
- They’re a great way to use up leftover vegetables (raid your fridge and skip the market)
- Family members can customize their own bowls
How to Make The Perfect Grain Bowl:
Need some inspiration? Here are some of my favorite combos:
(These grain bowls are snatched)*
- Bowl #1: Jasmine rice mixed with diced fresh ginger + roasted asparagus + snow peas and sliced bell pepper sautéed in soy sauce + sliced avocado + sriracha + two poached eggs (photo on left)
- Bowl #2: Red quinoa + shredded lettuce + chopped tomatoes + olives + green beans + thinly sliced red onions + grilled chicken + grilled halloumi cheese + fresh basil + Greek vinaigrette dressing (photo on right)
- Bowl #3: Jasmine rice + leftover pomegranate roasted butternut squash + thinly sliced celery + two poached eggs + furikake (seaweed) rice seasoning + dried seaweed + soy sauce + sriracha (top photo)
*‘snatched’ is the new ‘on fleek,’ which was the new ‘cool’ (Trying to keep up here ;))
Question for you: What makes your grain bowls taste so darn good? Share with everyone in the comments below!
(For more dinner ideas, check out the recipes from other Recipe Redux bloggers):