Iâ€™m obsessed with breakfast grain bowls, those meals-in-a-bowl that have an air of West Coast hippie and are more about foraging in the fridge than actual cooking. Once you master the basic formula, youâ€™ll never ask yourself â€œwhatâ€™s for breakfastâ€ (or lunch) again. Now itâ€™s just a bowl with everything you love in it.
1. CHOOSE YOUR GRAIN
Just use leftover grains/beans/legumes from last nightâ€™s dinner, or make a big batch on the weekend to feed off of all week long. If youâ€™ve been curious about a new grain variety, look at the grain bowl as an opportunity to try it. Hearty, flavorful grains like quinoa, sorghum, amaranth, millet, or black rice are all great here. As are beans and lentils. You can always cook your grains (and beans/lentils) in lightly salted water, but you can also add more flavor by simmering it in chicken or vegetable broth.
2. USE A RAINBOW OF RAW AND COOKED VEG
Load up your grain bowl with your favorite raw, roasted, steamed, or even leftover vegetables the more the merrier. Think about texture here â€“ you want a good balance of crunchy raw vegetables (I love radish) and some heartier roasted fare (roasted root vegetables are my go-to). Greens, raw or sauted, are always a great addition. Think about color, too youâ€™ll get the most nutritious bowl with a rainbow of vegetables.
3. PUT AN EGG ON IT
Unlike most dishes, meat isn’t the star here. Grain bowls donâ€™t need a ton of protein to be completely satisfying. Usually, an egg is the only extra protein you need. Poached, sunny-side up, or soft-boiled they all pair well with grain bowls, thanks to that luscious runny yolk.
4. USE LOTS OF SAUCE
Be generous with your sauce â€“ it’s truly what holds your grain bowl together. Douse your bowl anything from tamari soy sauce or tahini to straight up sriracha or hot sauce (which always pairs perfectly with an egg). Don’t underestimate the potential of adding salsa, hummus, guacamole (or anything you might dip a chip into). And another crazy idea? Mix a couple of your sauces together sometimes, they just taste better that way.
5. FINISH WITH SOMETHING TANGY AND CRUNCHY
Just one or two final ingredients really help your grain bowl pop. I usually go for something with a bit of acid and some kind of crunch. That can be anything from feta and kimchee to sprouts and roasted seeds to crunchy seaweed sheets and a squeeze of lime. Let your intuition steer the way here no breakfast bowl can ever be wrong (no matter how weird).