Grain Bowl

Grain Bowl

Grain bowls are quick, easy meals that are pretty portable. If you are in a rush you can buy precooked packets of brown rice, quinoa and other wholegrains, though if you have a bit more time it is cheaper to cook your own. Brown rice takes quite a long time to cook so I tend to cook a load up and freeze portions for later. Quinoa cooks really quickly, as does buckwheat and bulgar wheat. You can also buy partially cooked and dried wheat varieties like freekeh and emmer wheat which cook in 10 minutes or so. I tend to cook a mixture of quinoa, emmer or freekeh wheat and buckwheat as they all have similar cooking times. Whole wheat cous cous is a great thing to have in the cupboard too as it’s really quick to whip up: all you really need to do is rehydrate it in boiling water for a few minutes.

Along with your grains you can add anything really. Here are a few ideas…

  1. Salad leaves, pepper, tomato, radish, grated carrot, cress, sprouted beans / seeds, sugar snap peas, baby corn
  2. Sauté, steamed or roast vegetables
  3. Hummus
  4. Tahini paste mixed with lemon juice and water, then seasoned with garlic granules and salt
  5. Quick vegetable sauce: in the main picture I serve a Moroccan inspired vegetable and tomato sauce. To make this I sauté butternut squash, kale and grated carrot in a little diluted soy sauce. I add a little ground cumin, ground coriander, garlic granules and paprika, then some rustic passata and a few goji berries. You could make a similar sauce with any veggies and spices you fancy
  6. Baked sweet potato: when I bake potatoes and sweet potatoes I tend to make extra for lunches
  7. Salsa: I tend to just use shop bought
  8. Tofu: my favourites are fermented tofu (Taifun Feto) and smoked tofu
  9. Fried beans: black beans are good for this. Simply fry some cumin seeds then add ground coriander and a drained tin of beans. Chuck in some fresh coriander leaves if you want, a squeeze of lemon or lime and season to taste
  10. Plain cooked beans or chickpeas
  11. Falafel, burgers or a slice of nut loaf
  12. Nuts or seeds
  13. Pickles
  14. Defrosted frozen peas or sweetcorn
  15. Any leftover you have
Quick Moroccan veg and tomato sauce, grains cooked with sweetcorn, raw pepper, steamed broccoli, hummus, fermented tofu and crushed nuts
Sauté kale, mushroom and smoked tofu with whole wheat cous cous, salsa and salad
Beetroot and coriander hummus, salad, grains, pecans and goji berries