One day I was scrolling my Instagram feed and saw this beautiful grain bowl. I don’t think I realized that was such a thing but I got to looking up ideas and decided to give it a try.
Here is a quick rundown on how to put one together!
Base Start with your whole grains. They’ll add volume and fiber (and fill up your stomach), while soaking up all the saucy goodness that trickles down through the top layers.
Produce Mix and match veggies. Try raw spinach with pickled onion, or grilled pineapple with shredded cabbage. Aim for at least 1 cup veggies and 1/3 cup beans.
Meat A few ounces of meat or seafood serve as an excellent flavor booster; season well, and shred or finely chop. Foods like smoked meats, bacon, or a fried egg work great on top of a bowl.
Sauce The sauce is what brings it all together.
Topping Add something crunchy like nuts or seeds and finish with fresh herbs.
I started with organic Barley which is a really old and nutritious grain. I did not add a meat but next time I plan to add a fried egg. I used roasted cauliflower, squash, and red onions. I toasted chickpeas (seasoned) and added a tahini sauce. Fresh sprouts added that crunch and freshness to the top!
Roasting is one of my favorite ways to make all kinds of vegetables. It could not be easier. Cut into bite size pieces, put on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and mix to coat. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. The chickpeas I added a bunch of spices to after cooking but in most cases, I use OO salt & pepper.