11 Heirloom Grain Bowl Ideas that Never Go Out of Style

Ancient Grains Roundup: 11 Heirloom Grain Bowls that Never Go Out of Style

If their ancient history amounts to anything, heirloom grains will never go out of style. Some derive from wheat, others don’t. Either way, these 11 bowl ideas are packed with dietary fiber and plant-based protein, the kind of features that are hard to find in refined white rice and flour. Enjoy!

1. Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Cranberry Beans

Add more complex tastes and textures to traditional risotto with this recipe, which features farro!

2. Cheesy Baked Farro with Cauliflower

Also highlighting farro, this recipe is a healthier take on mac ‘n’ cheese. Serve in a bowl and eat to your heart’s delight, knowing you’re getting in veggies and a high dose of fiber all at once.

3. Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Pickled Carrots and Freekeh

This recipe pairs freekeh with spiked carrots and roasted vegetables. Your palate will leave the table satisfied in more ways than one.

4. Summer Carrot and Date Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is perhaps the most popular among heirloom grains, and for good reason. This recipe includes not one, but two types of quinoa – red and white. A light, fragrant basil vinaigrette marries all the ingredients together, creating a sweet-and-savory combination that will excite your senses.

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5. South American Avocado and Quinoa Salad

Avocado and quinoa are a match made in heaven (digestive heaven, specifically). The creaminess of the avocado offsets the chewy density of the quinoa, making for a satisfying balance in a dish. In this simple recipe, cumin, chili, and parsley bring all the other ingredients down to earth and keep your palate guessing.

6. Coconut Cranberry Kamut Smoothie Bowl

For a lighter, sweeter dish that is breakfast apropros, try out this recipe. It involves only a handful of ingredients, including kamut, making for a breakfast you’ll wake up and crave.

7. Vegan Black Bean Stew with Amaranth

Amaranth is similar to quinoa in that it is a seed and cooks similarly. In this festive recipe, amaranth adds an element of comfort and depth to an already delicious concept.

8. Chard, Delicata Squash, and Tahini Tofu Bow with Sorghum

Enough said. This dish is the epitome of what a heirloom bowl should look like, pairing greens with a grain, protein, fat, and veggie.

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9. Millet and Lacinto Kale Salad with Dried Sour Cherries, Pistachios, and Chevrè

This recipe pulls out all the stops, offering an element of sweet, sour and savory in each and every bite. It’s as sophisticated as it is delicious and features the charm of millet.

10. Kasha Buddha Bowl with Avocado and Mango

Kasha is essentially buckwheat groats, which work magically in this recipe. Glazed with a wasabi and soy vinaigrette, the result is a savory dish with a touch of sweet mango.

11. Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

In this recipe, spelt gives traditional tabbouleh an added chewy texture while the jalapeño vinaigrette spices things up a notch.

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Aylin Erman
Aylin Erman

Aylin is founder of GlowKitchen, a food blog with an emphasis on vegan and gluten-free fare. Aylin has been living in Istanbul, where she is founder and CEO of a cold-pressed juice and healthy foods company JÜS (www.jusistanbul.com).