This Insta-Worthy Grain Bowl Tastes Even Better Than It Looks

August 4, 2017

Nothing is better than a meal that is both beautiful enough to post on “the Gram” with a taste that matches. I mean, dream team kind of stuff here guys. This grain bowl is ALSO healthy…so it’s basically going to be your new favorite meal. Check out this bonafide Bon Appetit recipe for the social media food post ages.

The Base
What’s even better than a bed of delicious cooked grains? A duo! We like black rice with red quinoa, farro with red rice, bulgur with freekeh, or spelt with lentils (okay, so that’s a legume—see how crazy this can get?).
The Greens
Before you prep the other toppings, thinly slice heartier greens—e.g., kale, collards, savoy cabbage—then toss with apple cider vinegar to moisten and give them a few squeezes. They’ll be tenderized by the time you’re ready to assemble the bowl.
The Crunch
For an alt-crouton experience, toast a mix of nuts and seeds, such as sunflower and hemp with some fennel, in olive oil until golden and crisp, then season with salt and pepper. Bonus: Now you’ve got flavorful oil to work with, too. (Read on.)
The Upgrades
1. Use the leftover seed-toasting oil to griddle some sliced Halloumi cheese (our new favorite—don’t tell feta). 2. Dress up your grains with a generous handful of tender chopped herbs, such as mint, parsley, chives, and fennel fronds.
The Roast
For the ideal crispy-creamy balance, cut winter squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes into bite-size pieces, then toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a dab or two of harissa or a shake of curry powder. Roast at 425° until tender.
The Dressing
Bold is better. Get the recipe for our spicy Turmeric-Tahini Sauce and pour liberally on pretty much everything.
Bonus Tip
Don’t toss—at least not before admiring your work. Separating the components lets you design perfect bite after perfect bite.

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit

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