Build Your Own Grain Bowls

Anyone that has seen me in the kitchen knows that I like to eat whatever I can in a bowl especially grain bowls. And, of course, one of the greatest things about this recipe is that it produces and infinite number of possibilities. 

I call this the Bowl Buffet. Pick a grain, some protein, some veggies, maybe some nuts and seeds, superfoods if thats your jam, and a sauce of your choice. Don't feel like cooking everything? Then try some raw veggies. Trying to use up what's in the fridge? Perfect - no one likes seeing their hard earned money going to waste! 

Here is how the Bowl Buffet works:

-Choose 1 grain, 1 protein, 1 sauce, 3+ veggies (just make sure you portion yourself), and then top with some other fun ingredients. 

-One you choose your desired ingredients and have cooked/prepared them to your desire then throw them in a bowl and you're good to go. 

Suggested ingredients:


-Brown rice

-Black rice 

-Wild rice



Fruits and Vegetables: 


-Brussel sprouts 

-Sweet potato 













-Green beans






-Bell pepper 

-Hot pepper






-Cashew cream cheese




-Hot sauce 



-Coconut Milk




-Tofu or tempeh 

-Beans and legumes 

-Fried or hard boiled egg


-Spices and herbs of choice 




-Fermented foods (i.e. sauerkraut)

-Other "superfoods" (i.e. hempseeds)

-Seaweeds (i.e. arame)

Some combinations I like: 

Combinations I Like!

Taco Bowl - Serves 1

-3/4 cup cooked brown rice

-1/4 cup cooked corn 

-1/4 cup diced tomato

-1/4 cup onion 

-1/4 cup pepper (mild or hot)

-1/2 cup of cooked black beans

-Top with cilantro

-Sauce: Guacamole (mash up 1/2 avocado with some lime juice, chilli flakes, and tomatoes [optional])

Arame Bowl - Serves 1

-3/4 cup cooked brown rice

-1/4 cup arame (soaked in water first)

-1/2 cup of steamed chopped celery 

-1/2 cup of steamed shredded carrot 

-1/2 cup cooked chickpeas

-Sprinkle with sesame seeds

-Sauce: Cashew cream cheese (that contains tamari) 

Warm and Wholesome Bowl - Serves 1

-3/4 cup cooked black rice

-1/2 cup cooked sweet potato 

-1/4 cup cooked mushroom

-1/4 cup cooked brussel sprouts 

-1 fried egg

-top with almond slivers or pumpkin seeds

-Sauce: Balsamic vinaigrette (combine balsamic, EVOO, honey dijon mustard, sea salt and pepper)


xo Nic

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