There is a saying that goes, "No grain, no gain!"

Grain bowls are becoming even more popular these days--which is a good thing because it offers everything you want and need for a weekend meal! They are healthy, hearty, colorful and flavorful all at the same time.

Francis Lam once wrote in the New York Times Magazine that grain bowls aren’t about the recipe. Rather, they are about the formula—the grain, vegetable, protein and dressing. These things are what make each bite perfect.

That’s not all. Eating a grain bowl isn’t just about eating a meal. Its simplicity paves the way to having a more meaningful dining experience with your loved ones.

Since grain bowls demand less preparation, it provides less stress in comparison to a full heavy meal. What’s more to love about grain bowls is the fact that its taste is not reliant on whether the chef is skilled or not.

Unless you end up burning the food, you can’t really go wrong with grain bowls!

For those who have no ideas when it comes to grain bowls, we have listed 8 different food combinations that will make you go hungry!

GRAIN BOWL #1: Tempeh, brown rice, sprouts, beets, and carrots

Did you know that you can prepare this grain bowl in just an hour?  The best thing to love in this grain bowl is the smoky tempeh! It’s to die for.

Perfectly marinated in liquid smoke, maple syrup and hoisin sauce, this yummy bowl is a rich source of protein (and probiotics too). The aroma of the brown rice will also entice your cravings! Add to that the combinations of carrots, beets, sprouts, and a soft-cooked egg.

Here’s the recipe to get you started.

This grain bowl could be prepared in an hour. It is a rich source of protein and probiotics.

GRAIN BOWL #2: Scallops, hemp seeds, sweet potatoes, and red peppers

Preparing for a date night? This might just be the perfect grain bowl for you and your partner. Seared scallops at the top, sweet potatoes roasted to perfection, hemp seeds, red peppers, and tasty avocado, this grain bowl is an amazing source of fiber and healthy fats.

Here’s an easy recipe to help you out.

This grain bowl is the perfect choice for date nights! It is an amazing source of healthy fats and fiber.

Chicken, white rice, kale coleslaw, and grilled corn

This BBQ grain bowl demands you to prepare the griller. Don’t worry, because the extra effort in preparation will be worth it. In fact, you can make tons of prepped meals that you can consume for a week. Each grain bowl boasts 10 grams fiber content and 39 grams of protein.

This is undoubtedly the healthier option than your regular barbeque. Check the recipe to try making one!

This grain bowl is a healthier take on barbeques. Each bowl is packed with protein and fiber.

Chicken teriyaki, coconut rice, zucchini, and grilled pineapple

Let me introduce you to a Hawaiian grain bowl that is perfect for summer!

Each bowl is layered with chicken teriyaki, coconut rice, zucchini, and grilled pineapple. It sounds very tropical, right? It is packed with flavor that you and your family will love.

It demands preparing your very own teriyaki sauce, but don’t worry because it is very easy. Try it today!

This grain bowl is ideal for summer due to its tropical taste, but you can enjoy it enytime of the year!

Ground turkey, corn tortilla chips, black beans, and peppers

Looking for a grain bowl that even your little one will love? This is it!

This grain bowl comes with a little twist: the grain is in the form of corn tortilla chips! How’s that for added crunch and texture? Kids are not the only one who will enjoy this meal. Even adults will love it.

The fresh veggies, lettuce, black beans, cheese, and lean turkey perfectly complete this taco bowl. It is filled with protein and fiber, and it’s so quick and easy to prepare! This delicious recipe is quick and easy to prepare.

This grain bowl is perfect for kids, but even adults will love it! Instead of using cooked rice, tortilla chips are used.

Smoked salmon, brown rice, avocado, and cucumber

Do you love sushi, but find it difficult to prepare them yourself? Let me introduce you to this smoked salmon sushi bowl that could be prepared in just 15 minutes.

The brown rice, avocado, cucumber, and smoked salmon in this grain bowl includes all of the sushi’s umami flavors that will satisfy your cravings. Each bowl boasts 20 grams of protein!

This grain bowl is ready to serve in just 15 minutes. Each bowl contains 20 grams of protein.

Almonds, edamame, broccoli, and quinoa

This grain bowl is packed with nutrient-dense ingredients. Aside from quinoa, it contains broccoli, chia seeds, almonds and kale. These superfoods guarantee that your meal is healthy and tasty at the same time. The recipe is very easy!

This grain bowl is packed with superfoods! Everything in it is loaded with nutrients, especially the quinoa!

Egg, buckwheat groats, kraut, and avocado

Grain bowl is perfect any time of the day! If you want the ideal grain bowl for breakfast, this recipe got your back.

Specifically, a hint of coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt are used to cook the buckwheat. It’s just like your typical breakfast oatmeal! 

This grain bowl is the perfect choice for breakfast. Top it off with spinach, jalapeño kraut, and a fried egg and you’re ready to start your day.

Make Your Dining Experience Even Better

A grain bowl is an ultimate nourishing and satisfying meal, but here’s a quick tip to make your dining experience even better: When preparing your proteins and vegetables, see to it that you do not pre-build the bowls when dinner is not yet starting. Placing empty bowls in the dining table is ideal. In that way, each one can grab his or her own desired portion.

If there are kids around, you may have to guide them because they tend to choose only their favorite ingredient! For adults, having the choice to grab their own ingredients encourages them to consume a more balanced meal.

What are you waiting for? Have a grain bowl tonight and spend time with your loved ones.