Grain Bowls

There are so many fun and easy ways to make grain bowls! This dish is super filling especially when you add your choice of your favorite protein. I have recently been making more plant-based foods and really enjoy trying new plant-based recipes. While grain bowls is not a new recipe for me, it is a very unique one because I make them different every time. 

I enjoy making grain bowls because they are healthy and I can get creative with the veggies I add. Grain bowls are also super pretty to look at which makes me want to make them all the time when I have friends over! This makes for a fun way to socialize because we turn it into a grain bowl-making party! We all cut up our favorite veggies and select our dressing to drizzle over our finished product. Then we will all park in front of the TV or gather around the table to enjoy a healthy and delicious dinner. 

Grain Bowls

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Madison Course: UncategorizedDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Grain Bowls:
  • 1/2 cup rice, cooked according to package instructions

  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 large carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 cup broccoli florets

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 15 oz black beans

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion, for garnish

  • For the Sauce: 
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

  • 3 tablespoons water (more if needed to loosen up the mixture)

Directions

  • In a large skillet, Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the carrots and sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Next, add in the broccoli, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 5 minutes. Add more oil as needed.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, heat the black beans until warm.
  • Remove the vegetables and beans from the heat and place equal portions of rice, vegetables and beans in each bowl.
  • Garnish with green onion and serve with sauce and enjoy!
  • For the Sauce:
  • In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh chopped dill, and water. Serve over grain bowls.

For this particular recipe all I did was season all my vegetables in my cast iron skillet with garlic powder, pepper and salt. You can season however you like. Get creative with it. You really cannot go wrong. I cut the veggies the same size so they could all cook evenly. I used broccoli, sweet potato, carrots (purple and white), black beans and fresh green onion as a garnish on top. I also used wild rice. Feel free to use other grains such as farro, quinoa, or couscous. Whatever suits your palate best. 

My dressing was homemade and is a mixture of plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, water and fresh dill. Again, this is also something you can get creative with, and if you do not want to make your own dressing, buy your favorite kind and add that to your bowl. This is a very fiber-rich dish. You can even add salmon, chicken, steak and some kind of ground beef or vegan/vegetarian meat substitute. Some of my friends even like to add chickpeas to their bowl or use a mix of different kinds of beans. No matter how you make it, it will all taste good! 

Grain bowls are also great for meal prepping. You can make a few bowls to last you through the week so you can save time and do not have to make lunch or dinner on that particular day. It took about 15 minutes to make this meal. Just cook everything while your rice is boiling. Grain bowls are also a quick and easy meal to pack when going on a picnic. 

When making this recipe, you do not necessarily have to buy new vegetables. Just use what is in your fridge. Put together some leftovers and throw it into your bowl to add to the mix. I am certain that whatever combination you choose to use, you can and will make this a very delectable dish. I hope you try this recipe soon and make it for your family and friends! Enjoy and Happy eating!

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