17 Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep

17 Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep
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Grain bowls are everywhere these days, and for good reason. Not only are grain bowls super versatile—you can use any grain, and add whatever toppings toppings you feel like—but they’re also inherently filling and nutritious. Plus, they’re great for meal prep, since you can cook up big batches of several ingredients at the start of each week, then throw them together as packed lunches in the days to come.

Sticking to DIY grain bowls will also save you some money, since they usually go for upward of $10 at grab-and-go lunch spots. While it might feel a little more convenient to let someone else do the work, it’s not so hard to prep things yourself as long as you plan ahead. The creative recipes below are great if you’re new to grain bowls, and they’ll serve as good inspiration if the process is old hat to you.

The next time you head to the grocery store, plan on buying a whole grain, a few veggies that go well together, some protein and ingredients for a killer sauce or dressing. You can try new-to-you ingredients, or stick to the basics that you know and love!

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Marinated Kale and Chicken Bowls With Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Pinch of Yum.

1. Marinated Kale and Chicken Bowls with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

These kale and chicken bowls are made with basics, but have a great secret sauce made with sun-dried tomatoes.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Greek Chicken Grain Bowls

The Kitchn.

2. Greek Chicken Grain Bowls

Forget going to the falafel stand at lunch—meal prep these tasty Greek chicken grain bowls instead.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Farro and Vegetable Bowl With Yogurt Dressing

The Kitchn.

3. Farro and Vegetable Bowl With Yogurt Dressing

If you’re feeling a little bit of quinoa fatigue, mix things up with a farro bowl instead.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Cold Sesame Noodle Vegan Bowls

Sweet Peas and Saffron.

4. Cold Sesame Noodle Vegan Bowls

OK, sesame noodles aren’t exactly whole grains, but they’re made from them. This vegan noodle bowl is best served cold.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Gyro Meatball Rice Bowls

Joyful Healthy Eats.

5. Gyro Meatball Rice Bowls

Chicken and veggie bowls are great, but meatball bowls are better (sometimes).

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Quinoa Mexican Black Bean Bowls

The Travel Bite.

6. Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

If the line at Chipotle is too long during lunch, skip it and meal prep these burrito bowls instead.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Roasted Veggie Grain Bowls With Citrus Dressing

Fooduzzi

7. Roasted Veggie Grain Bowls with Citrus Dressing

After you whip up the easy dressing for these veggie grain bowls, you’ll likely want to put it on everything.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Tofu Poke Bowls

Simple Veganista.

8. Tofu Poke Bowls

Sure, you could shell out $11 for a poke bowl from the place down the street. Or, you could wise up and prep a big batch of these tofu poke bowls for far less.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Sweet Potato Grain Bowls With Tahini Sauce

Budget Bytes.

9. Sweet Potato Grain Bowls With Tahini Sauce

Don’t worry about this vegetarian lunch bowl holding you over: The combination of sweet potato, beans, bulgar (a whole grain), avocado and tahini has enough protein, fiber and fat to keep you satisfied.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Pumpkin Quinoa Bowls With Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic

Flora and Vino.

10. Pumpkin Quinoa Bowls with Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic

TBH, this fall-themed quinoa bowl tastes great any time of year.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Edamame and Brown Rice Salad With Sesame Dressing

Foodness Gracious.

11. Edamame and Brown Rice Salad with Sesame Dressing

A strong sesame dressing really pulls this meatless bowl together.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Vegan Hummus Pearl Barley Bowl

The Sasha Diaries.

12. Vegan Hummus Pearl Barley Bowl

Barley is a dense, chewy grain that makes a great rice alternative. In this colorful grain bowl, it’s combined with squash, pomegranate and hummus.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Kale, Barley, and Feta Salad With Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Peas and Saffron.

13. Kale, Barley and Feta Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

The key to a great kale salad bowl? Zesty dressing, and plenty of mix-ins.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Farro Bowl With Shiitakes and Winter Greens

In Pursuit of More.

14. Farro Bowl with Shiitakes and Winter Greens

This farro bowl is perfect for brightening a winter day, but works no matter the weather.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Turkey Taco Bowl

Recipes Today.

15. Turkey Taco Cauliflower Rice Bowl

It doesn’t get much simpler than a container of rice, turkey and all your favorite taco toppings. Cauliflower obviously isn’t a grain, though, so feel free to swap in real rice for more staying power.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Blackened Chicken Brown Rice Bowls With Avocado Cream

Cooking for Keeps.

16. Blackened Chicken Brown Rice Bowls with Avocado Cream

Avocado cream sounds fancy, but I promise it’s easy to throw these rice bowls together.

STYLECASTER | Easy Grain Bowls That Are Great for Meal Prep | Roasted Veggie Brown Rice Bowls

Veggie Inspired.

17. Roasted Veggie Brown Rice Bowls

When in doubt, roast a bunch of veggies and cook a grain for meal prep. Then, toss it all together for the simplest possible grain bowl.

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