We’re always on the lookout for lunches that are filling enough to get us through the workday but not so heavy that we’re fighting a food coma all afternoon. One dish that always does the trick? Grain bowls! They’re healthy, satisfying, and the different layers of flavors and textures mean lunch is never boring. We also love how versatile they are -- grain bowls are a great way to use up leftover veggies and proteins. Plus, they’re so easy to put together that you might find yourself whipping them up for dinner, too. Here, our favorite homemade grain bowls that keep us coming back for more.
1. Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad
Just the thing for fall! Toss caramelized sweet potatoes, chewy farro, fresh dill, and grassy sprouts with a zesty roasted garlic-lemon sauce.
Get the Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad Recipe
2. Roast-Chicken Grain Bowl
Team juicy lemon chicken with earthy bulgur for a hearty lunch. The addition of grated beets and carrots, shredded beet greens, and tangy Greek yogurt makes it a perfectly balanced meal.
Get the Roast-Chicken Grain Bowl Recipe
3. Savory Breakfast Bowl
Breakfast for lunch? You bet! Toothsome barley is the perfect base for charred tomatoes, kale, ripe avocado, soft-boiled eggs, crunchy cucumber, and creamy Greek yogurt.
Get the Savory Breakfast Bowl Recipe
4. Burrito Bowl
We have yet to meet someone who doesn't love this endlessly customizable Tex-Mex classic. Layer the grains, beans, and proteins of your choice, then top with romaine lettuce, sliced radishes, fresh salsa, toasted pepitas, and a creamy avocado dressing that’s flat out habit-forming.
Get the Burrito Bowl Recipe
5. Saffron Chickpeas and Bitter Greens with Quinoa
This grain bowl is a riot of flavors and textures, thanks to the saffron-enhanced chickpeas, medley of sauteed vegetables, fresh herbs, creamy avocado, and crunchy pumpkin seeds.
Get the Saffron Chickpeas and Bitter Greens with Quinoa Recipe
6. Freekeh with Caramelized Shallots, Chickpeas, and Yogurt
Combine freekeh with spiced chickpeas, lemon juice, fresh cilantro, and pomegranate seeds for a grain bowl that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. A dollop of Greek yogurt adds lushness and a little tang.
Get the Freekeh with Caramelized Shallots, Chickpeas, and Yogurt Recipe
7. Black Beans with Rice and Avocado
Amp up black beans with plenty of aromatics, then serve over healthy brown rice with cooling avocado, creamy queso fresco, fiery jalapeno, and fresh cilantro.
Get the Black Beans with Rice and Avocado Recipe
8. Millet Bowl with Black Beans and Vegetables
Topping underrated millet with a mixture of raw and steamed vegetables makes a lovely chorus of textures. A zippy apple-cider vinaigrette gives the dish extra oomph.
Get the Millet Bowl with Black Beans and Vegetables Recipe
9. Farro, Chickpea, Feta, and Mint Salad
Mediterranean flavors are at the heart of this delectable farro salad. We're talking hearty chickpeas, salty feta, juicy tomatoes, and fresh mint.
Get the Farro, Chickpea, Feta, and Mint Salad Recipe
10. Grain and Pesto Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
You can use farro, brown rice, wheat berries, or any grain you please for this scrumptious Italian-inspired bowl. Pesto, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, vinegar, and fresh basil give it tons of flavor.
Get the Grain and Pesto Salad with Cherry Tomatoes Recipe
11. Vegetable-Rice Bowl with Miso Dressing
This meat-free brown-rice bowl combines some of our favorite Japanese ingredients: adzuki beans, seaweed, daikon radish, pickled plums, and gomashio (toasted sesame seeds and sea salt). The piece de resistance? Homemade ginger-miso dressing.
Get the Vegetable-Rice Bowl with Miso Dressing Recipe
The key to a delicious grain bowl? You guessed it, perfectly cooked grains! Trust us, it’s as easy as boiling a pot of pasta. Watch our Kitchen Conundrums expert Thomas Joseph demonstrate a foolproof method for cooking three grains: quinoa, farro, and freekeh.