I'm always looking for another way to use sweet potatoes! My family loves this hearty and tasty vegetable and I love that it's packed with nutrients.
THE GREAT GRAIN BOWL
The grain bowl has seen a surge in popularity the past couple of years – and for good reason! They look beautiful with all of the different composed ingredients and are generally quite good for you. Occasionally you can find yourself in a grain bowl rut (I’ve been there!), but I usually find that by switching up my grain routine and always cooking my grains in something other than water (I like to use broth), I’m able to quickly switch things up and maintain my undying love for this staple in my diet.
Other grain bowl rules that I swear by are always to have a good sauce or dressing to bring all your flavors together. I also tend to follow this very informal formula for a delicious and tasty bowl every time:
MASON JAR SALADS
I’ve been a fan of mason jar salads for years and have recently started applying my love for grain bowls to this easy method of making grain bowls in advance. It’s not rocket science, but might provide an “ah-ha!” moment for you. I always assemble things by starting with my dressing in the bottom of the jar, then I’ll layer my grains, protein, crunchy vegetables, cheese, and greens on top. It’s so nice to make a few of these in advance and keep them in my fridge as I find myself wanting to reach for a healthy lunch or dinner.
GREENS + GRAINS + PROTEIN + CRUNCH + CHEESE + DRESSING
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
When it comes to grain bowls, investing in a grain cooker was a game changer for me. I love mine SO MUCH. When it comes to building my grain bowls in a mason jar, this is my favorite size to use. I’ve also become a huge fan of this Rubbermaid Brilliance Lunch Kit!