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9 Comforting Grain Bowls to Ease You Into the Week

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Ah, Monday. We meet again. Some people love the beginning of the week—a new start powered by a weekend of rest and relaxation. But I’m going to take a wild guess that, like me, you are not one of them. Monday is a day of reckoning.

I need robust meals to power through Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday…). Ideally, a dish I can throw together after a long day and still look look forward to eating in 24 hours (you can bet I want leftovers for lunch). Enter: grain bowls (well, any grain salad that may or may not be in bowls). Hearty grains like farro, kamut, or brown rice, hold up layers of crunchy vegetables, filling proteins, and a creamy, tangy dressings. Plus, they’re wonderfully flexible, adapting to whatever leftovers you have in your fridge or freezer, and scale up or down to fit a crowd of five or one. If you’d like a little grain-y guidance, here are ten of my favorite combinations.

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BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Mayonnaise Dressing
BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Mayonnaise Dressing
Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Everything I Want to Eat Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Sautéed Dates with Roasted Butternut Squash, Wheatberries and Blue Cheese
Sautéed Dates with Roasted Butternut Squash, Wheatberries and Blue Cheese
Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad

Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad by EatSimplyEatWell

Okinawan Taco Rice Bowls

Okinawan Taco Rice Bowls by Posie Harwood

Celery and Za’atar Tabouli

Celery and Za’atar Tabouli by drbabs

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser

French Lentil, Kamut, and Avocado Salad with Basil Dressing
French Lentil, Kamut, and Avocado Salad with Basil Dressing
Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice
Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice

Looking for a Not Recipe? Check out our latest guide:

A Handy Guide to Mixed Grain Rice Bowls (No Recipes Needed!)
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A Handy Guide to Mixed Grain Rice Bowls (No Recipes Needed!)

What camp are you in? Pro-Monday? Or are you with Garfield and me?

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Tags: Lunch, Make Ahead, Grains, Wellness