How to Make a Grain Bowl

At Hungryroot, we make food for this exact moment:

It’s 8pm. You’re starving. You want to eat something fresh and healthy (and save money by not ordering expensive, not-so-healthy takeout). But you also want something filling, tasty, and satisfying after a tiring day. Two words: grain bowl.

A grain bowl is the ultimate food hack. It has four parts that are almost always in your kitchen (whether in your cupboard, or as leftovers). It can be eaten hot or cold, and it can adapt to any flavor you’re in the mood for. Most importantly, it’s guaranteed to make you feel happily, healthily fueled.

Here’s a foolproof formula for any grain bowl, any time:

1: The Grains

The first thing to do: choose your grains. Go for simple brown rice (classic), quinoa (superfood!), fonio (our favorite gluten-free ancient grain), or a mix (what we like to call a multigrain). Since grains store wonderfully in the fridge, you can make a big batch and have it ready for whenever you need it.

Don’t want to plan ahead, or don’t have time for meal prep? That’s why we’re here. Opt for microwavable supergrains that are ready in 90 seconds (like Hungryroot Brown Rice Quinoa Blend or Hungryroot Lentil Quinoa Rice Mix).

2: The Veggies

There. Are. No. Veggie. Rules. Once you’ve added some grains to your bowl, add any vegetables that happen to be hanging out in your fridge! Leafy lettuce, crunchy carrots, nutrient-rich kale, beets, or anything else your heart (and stomach) desires. They can be fresh for a cold bowl, or sauté them for a warm, comforting meal.

Yes—washing, peeling, and chopping your veggies takes time. And, once again, if you don’t want to worry about keeping ready-to-eat veggies on hand, let us worry about it for you. Choose from a hearty mix of veggies like Hungryroot Superblend Salad, oh-so-cozy Hungryroot Sweet Potato Ribbons, crisp and nutritious Hungryroot Broccoli Rice, and more. It’s all ready to sauté or add straight to your bowl.

3: The Protein

Black beans, chickpeas, and other plant-based proteins? Throw ‘em in! Chicken from last night’s Pad See Ew? Perfect. Omega-rich salmon? Also great. Whatever protein you’ve got can be added to make one perfectly balanced bowl.

Pro tip: keep Hungryroot beans, bean salads, pre-roasted salmon, and pre-cooked chicken sausage in your fridge to make your bowl prep extra simple.

4: The Sauce

Now’s the fun part: sauce! Here’s where you decide what flavors you’d like your bowl to take on. Herby pesto, spicy curry, hummus, or salsa work wonders—add about 4 tbsp of whatever you’re in the mood for. Don’t have any of these? Just add some hot sauce or olive oil and lemon.

At Hungryroot, we make super-flavorful, super-healthy sauces to make this step extra easy. Our favorites: creamy (and dairy-free) Chickpea Pesto, tangy Thai Peanut, and even a cheese sauce made from nuts and seeds.

Bonus: Jazzy Extras

Sometimes it’s these tiny things that make the biggest difference. Add a splash of Probiotic Hot Sauce, a spoonful of sauerkraut, or some chopped nuts for extra spice, flavor, or texture.

Voilà! A healthy, delicious, easy meal. And if you want it to make it even easier, just check out Hungryroottasty, clean-ingredients foods that help you eat healthy every day.