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17 Fall Grain Bowls Just as Comforting as Soup

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In certain parts of the country, people are pulling sweaters out of storage, sipping warm chai lattes, and raking up piles of crunchy leaves. Others are still sweating through their T-shirts. (Hi, Tucson!) It’s definitely fall, but not everyone craves stews and soups.

I have a compromise: grain bowls. Instead of simmering flavors, build layers of roasted vegetables, chewy grains, and tangy dressings. No need to feel left out of fall celebrations. Embrace crispy butternut squash, hearty kale, and creamy lentils just like your chillier countrymen (and women!). Enjoy autumn’s bounty sans sweaters with one of these 17 one-bowl masterpieces. And know that in February, we’ll be the envious ones.

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Kale & Bulgur Salad with Brown Butter Apple Vinaigrette
Kale & Bulgur Salad with Brown Butter Apple Vinaigrette
Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice

Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion ... by Gena Hamshaw

Farro with Greens, Tahini Sauce, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Farro with Greens, Tahini Sauce, and Toasted Pine Nuts by Alexandra Stafford

Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables
Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables
Warm Farro with Mushrooms and Crispy Beets

Warm Farro with Mushrooms and Crispy Beets by Kylie Thompson

Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash

Warm Farro and Mustard Green Salad with Maple-Roasted Aco... by Nicole Franzen

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vi... by Jillian Bernardini

Grape Leaf Pilaf

Grape Leaf Pilaf by Anitalectric

Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pickled Fennel
Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pickled Fennel
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro by Sarah Jampel

Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad

Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad by Sarah Jampel

Quinoa with Roasted Beets and Pear

Quinoa with Roasted Beets and Pear by Kendra Vaculin

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula by Josh Cohen

Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Black Sesame-Crusted Tofu Bowl with Quick-Pickled Veggies & Cilantro Tahini
Black Sesame-Crusted Tofu Bowl with Quick-Pickled Veggies & Cilantro Tahini

Or dream up your own bowl!

How to Make a Grain Bowl Without a Recipe
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How to Make a Grain Bowl Without a Recipe

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