Grain bowls—aka “Buddha bowls,” “hippie bowls,” and “macro bowls”—offer a deliciously balanced meal, packed with a luscious combination of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and yummy sauce. Perfect for busy weeknights, family meals, and lunches on the go, the grain bowl truly is a hero meal for the plant-strong eater. Here are 15 of our favorite vegan grain bowl recipes. Dig into one today!
These scrumptious quinoa grain bowls come together quickly and combine the smoky goodness of barbecue sauce–infused jackfruit with the subtle earthiness of quinoa. Top with quick-pickled veggies and serve with crispy whole grain garlic-infused bread.
Deliciously light yet seriously satisfying, these vibrant bowls feature crispy-fresh salad ingredients atop a bed of fluffy couscous. A drizzle of creamy homemade Tahini Dipping Sauce brings it all together. “The perfect summer dish with minimal stovetop use and [with] fresh ingredients,” writes one reader.
Savor the Mediterranean flavors in this hearty grain bowl brimming with oven-roasted veggies, fresh basil, marinara sauce, and wheat berries. Note: Don’t be put off by the 75-minute preparation time; much of it is hands-off cooking time. Now where did that book go?!
Featuring a kaleidoscope of soft and crunchy veggies, a sprinkle of scallions, a drizzle of sriracha sauce, and a dollop of almond butter–lime dressing, this cafe-quality brown rice bowl stands out in any crowd. Or as one reader puts it: “Freakin’ amazing!”
This lively, crunchy, crimson-hued bowl bursts with scrumptious salty-sour flavor. Quick-pickled red cabbage peps up the earthy tones of black rice, edamame, and carrots, while a quick homemade miso–tahini dressing adds creaminess. Says one fan: “This is absolutely delicious … and the dressing is to die for!”
This bright bowl is rich with citrus flavor. Thin slices of sweet potato are basted with a mixture of orange juice and spices; roasted until crisp-tender; and arranged alongside wheat berries, blueberries, avocado, and beans atop a bed of spinach. Tip: If you have cooked wheat berries on hand this bowl comes together in 30 minutes.
Featuring brown rice, mixed frozen veggies, fresh spinach, kidney beans, and our creamy Cilantro-Cashew Dressing, these everyday grain bowls are delicious in their own right and a great jumping off point for creating your own recipe.
Satisfy those comfort-food cravings with this thick and creamy mushroom-studded, oven-baked polenta bowl. Crowned with the caramelized flavor of roasted veggies, a tangy tomato sauce, and a garnish of fresh parsley, this cozy bowl overflows with hearty flavor.
Drizzled with a mouthwatering cucumber-avocado dressing, this gorgeous green bowl from plant-based food writer Sharon Palmer, RDN, is so simple yet so good. The combination of earthy white beans, fresh arugula leaves, chewy sorghum, and crisp-tender asparagus will keep your taste buds content long after the meal is over.
These Thai-inspired grain bowls pair tender veggies with earthy tricolor couscous and crunchy napa cabbage. Add a luscious sweet-sour sauce, chopped peanuts, and cilantro to create authentic Thai flavor. “Easy to put together and delicious,” writes a fan.
Transport yourself to a five-star restaurant with this palate-pleasing grain bowl. The combination of coconut chips with a three-grain blend gives a varied, robust texture, while pineapple juice and crispy, air-fried plantain chips add delectable sweet-spicy flavor.
In this rustic, nourishing grain bowl, a hearty mix of cumin-infused brown lentils, cracked bulgur wheat, and roasted onion contrast deliciously with lighter components such as oven-baked veggies, tahini dressing, and torn lettuce leaves. One reader writes: “This recipe is one of my all-time FOK favorites. It’s quick, easy and a complete meal.”
Fresh blueberries add juicy flavor to this scrumptious grain bowl, while bell pepper keeps things sweet and crunchy, farro adds a delectable earthy chewiness, and a medley of corn, tomato, fennel bulb, and fresh basil keeps things lively. Writes one fan: “Easy and delicious!”
The lush, sweet flesh of mango combined with an almost-instant lime-avocado crema transforms everyday grain bowl ingredients such as beans, brown rice, bell pepper, and red onion into a this-is-so-good-I-never-want-to-finish-it meal. As one fan notes: “This was one of the best meals that I have had in a long time!”
The quick-cook nature of orzo pasta means this energizing grain bowl is ready in 30 minutes. A crazy-good creamy cashew dressing coats the small orzo pasta and mingles well with ingredients such as kidney beans, sautéed veggies, and spinach.
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.