Grain bowls are the ultimate low-maintenance meals. Simply pair grains (think quinoa, farro, brown rice) with a protein (tofu, chicken, salmon) and an array of colorful veggies (bell peppers, tomatoes, salad greens) and devour. Whether you're in need of easy lunches to meal prep for the week or quick-and-easy dinners to add to your weeknight rotation, grain bowls are the answer.
In search of easy meals that'll save our weekdays ( and nights), we tapped some of our favorite foodies for their go-to grain bowl recipes—and they did not disappoint. Spanning a chicken fajita burrito bowl that comes together with the help of a sheet pan to a coconut rice salmon bowl that'll take your taste buds on a tropical vacation (even if, in reality, you're enjoying it at your desk on a Monday), here are seven grain bowl recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less.
Maple Chipotle Brussels Sprouts and Coconut Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The maple syrup, chipotle, and adobo-roasted brussels sprouts, which have a hint of heat that perfectly complements the sweetness of the coconut roasted sweet potatoes.
The Time-Saving Tip: Roast the Brussels sprouts and the sweet potatoes at the same time, on two separate baking sheets, to cut down on cooking time, recommends recipe creator Jessica of How Sweet Eats.
Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowls
The Recipe: Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The garlic tahini yogurt sauce lends a creaminess and depth of flavor to this bowl.
The Time-Saving Tip: Although the recipe calls for marinating the chicken for 30 minutes, you can definitely skip this step if you're short on time, says recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Caramel Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl
The Recipe: Caramel Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The caramel roasted sweet potatoes, which are tasty enough to make even the staunchest of carnivores go back for seconds.
The Time-Saving Tip: Chop the sweet potatoes into small pieces to cut down on roasting time, recommends recipe creator Jessica of How Sweet Eats.
Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl
The Recipe: Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The store-bought taco seasoning, which allows you to cut way down on prep time. (Note: The recipe calls for marinating the chicken for an hour, but you can skip this step if you're in a hurry.)
The Time-Saving Tip: Grab a sheet pan, toss together the spiced chicken and the sliced veggies, and then bake for 15 minutes to make this a one-pan meal, suggests recipe creator Natalie of The Modern Proper.
Salmon Souvlaki Bowl
The Recipe: Salmon Souvlaki Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The souvlaki-inspired marinade, made with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, and fresh herbs and spices.
The Time-Saving Tip: Start by making the marinade for the salmon so the fish can marinate for 15 minutes while you prep the other ingredients, advises recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Superfood Bibimbap Bowl With Crispy Tofu
The Recipe: Superfood Bibimbap Bowl With Crispy Tofu
The Standout Ingredient: The crispy tofu, which is tossed in a Korean-inspired sauce before being baked to crispy perfection.
The Time-Saving Tip: Cook up a big batch of grains (barley, farro, or quinoa) as you're meal prepping on Sunday night to make assembling this bowl super easy.
Coconut Rice Salmon Bowl
The Recipe: Coconut Rice Salmon Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The coconut rice is flavorful, creamy, and, bonus, takes your taste buds on a tropical vacation).
The Time-Saving Tip: Use a rice cooker to make this a low-maintenance, 30-minute meal, suggests recipe creator Natalie of The Modern Proper.
This story was originally published on March 31, 2016, and has since been updated.
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