11 Grain Bowl Recipes That'll Keep You Warm This Season

11 Grain Bowl Recipes That'll Keep You Warm This Season

If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of all the yummy fall and winter flavors this season. There’s nothing cozier than a warm grain bowl full of veggies, protein and tons of flavor to fuel a chilly day. (Plus, you’re going to need to keep up your energy to battle the elements!)

Grains are super easy to cook; just rinse the grains, confirm the grain to water ratio on the packaging, pour the grains into boiling water, reduce to simmer, cover, and let all of the water absorb until they’re done. With these delicious grain bowl recipes, you can get all of your favorite flavors in every bite.

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1. Savory Breakfast Bowl

grain bowl- savory breakfast bowl

Start your day right with breakfast grain bowls. This vegetarian, gluten-free, and easy to make ahead grain bowl includes garlicky greens, sun-dried tomato sorghum (you can also use farro or barley), avocado, egg, walnuts, and shiitake mushrooms. A savory breakfast dish that’ll keep you warm.

Get the recipe at Zestful Kitchen.

 

2. Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Naturally gluten-free, the combo of roasted sweet potatoes, warm black beans, caramelized onions, cilantro lime rice, avocado, and spicy tahini dressing makes this burrito bowl a fiesta in your mouth.

Get the recipe at Eat With Clarity.

 

3. North African Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowl

Protein grain bowls are filling, satiating and balanced. These chicken and veggie bowls are super flavorful with North African influences — roasted vegetables with dukkah, grilled chicken marinated in lemon juice and ras el hanout, freekeh (you can sub brown rice or bulgur or whatever other grain you prefer) and a dollop of harissa yogurt sauce. That’s 32 grams of protein and only 269 calories.

Get the recipe at Beyond Mere Sustenance.

 

4. Warm Harvest Bowl with Apples and Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash

These make-ahead grain bowls are chock-full of apples, maple-glazed butternut squash, nuts, barley and rice medley, kale, and homemade salad dressing for the perfect seasonal dish. It’s light and refreshing enough for a midday lunch that’ll still power you through your workday.

Get the recipe at Nourish.

 

5. Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl

Wholesome, well rounded, and easy to make, this recipe of quinoa, chicken, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms is seasoned with rosemary, garlic, and smoked paprika for a super healthy and tasty chicken bowl. And it only takes 30 minutes in an Instant Pot.

Get the recipe at Yellow Thyme.

 

6. Chicken and Sweet Potato Farro Salad

A great weeknight grain bowl recipe, this bowl of roasted sweet potatoes, crisp pears and shredded rotisserie chicken is thrown over a serving of farro and then drizzled with a sweet chili sauce dressing. To reduce the overall calorie count (540 calories per serving), instead of serving two, have the recipe serve three.

Get the recipe at Sidewalk Shoes.

 

7. Roasted Broccoli Bowl with Creamy Tahini Dressing

grain bowl- broccoli barley bowl

This buddha bowl is full of yummy roasted broccoli, nutty barley, and toasted walnuts, and then drizzled with a delicious tahini dressing. Top with some red pepper for a little color and crunch. To reduce the overall calorie count (about 660 calories), increase the servings from four to five.

Get the recipe at Oat and Sesame.

 

8. Swiss Chard and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This recipe calls for Swiss chard, grape tomatoes, roasted red peppers, carrots, and a savory fried egg draped on top. It only takes about a half hour to prepare and will keep you fueled for hours.

Get the recipe at Erica’s Recipes.

 

9. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

In just 15 minutes, you can make this colorful, crunchy, and healthy Mediterranean grain bowl that’s topped with a creamy green goddess dressing. This filling quinoa bowl includes fresh avocado, chickpeas, cucumber, and grape tomatoes tossed in olive oil and Italian seasoning. Delish!

Get the recipe at Backyard Bohemian.

 

10. Easy Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

A creamy, luxurious feeling in every bite, this barley risotto is packed with nutrition and rich flavors. Mushrooms, barley, shallots, sage, garlic, vegetable stock, and soft goat cheese makes a super healthy meal under 400 calories!

Get the recipe at Happy Kitchen.

 

11. Salmon Walnut Quinoa Bowls

Brussels sprouts, salmon, quinoa, beets, and a tangy walnut cream sauce make a tasty, dairy-free, and gluten-free meal full of healthy nutrients. Plus, salmon comes with a bunch of healthy omega-3 fats!

Get the recipe at Lively Table.

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.