Recipe courtesy of Hilaria Baldwin

Pantry Grain Bowl

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup cooked grain, like barley, brown rice or farro, or cooked root vegetable

3 cups raw vegetables or 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked vegetables (carrots, asparagus, green beans, radishes, broccoli) 

1/2 cup cooked lentils or black beans or 4 ounces cooked protein, like chicken or hard-boiled egg

A little good fat, like avocado, a splash of extra-virgin olive oil or homemade dressing, recipe follows

Savory topping like tamari or nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon seeds or nuts, like sunflower, almonds, walnuts, pepitas 

Spicy Mustard Dressing:

2 cloves garlic

1/3 cup whole-grain spicy mustard 

1/4 cup white vinegar 

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

2 scallions, green and white parts, minced 


  1. Start with a hearty base of grains or cooked root vegetables or a mix of both.
  2. Add a generous serving of greens or other vegetables, cooked or raw, and a protein of some kind, anything from tempeh to a hard-cooked egg to chicken, lentils, black beans or a scoop of tasty hummus.
  3. Consider adding a little good fat: an avocado, a homemade dressing or just a splash of extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Bump up the flavor and texture by experimenting with savory twists--a splash of tamari or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, perhaps a smattering of pepitas or sunflower seeds or any other crunch. It's up to you.

Spicy Mustard Dressing:

  1. In a blender, combine the garlic, mustard, vinegar, oil, salt and scallions and blend until smooth. The dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 1/2 weeks.

Cook’s Note

Tip: Bowls can be eaten at room temperature or warmed up, depending on their components and on your mood that day. To warm, put everything but the fats and flavorings in a steamer on the stove, warm lightly, transfer it scoop by scoop to bowl and then add the toppings and dressings. You can use a microwave if you prefer, but don't overdo it (90 seconds is plenty); it's not supposed to be piping hot.

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