January 09, 2023

Easy Grain Bowls

Easy Grain Bowls are loaded with couscous, roasted sweet potatoes, SnapDragon apples, feta, arugula, chickpeas, red onion and topped with a tangy Dijon dressing!

Easy Grain Bowls

Happy January! It's cold out so let's make a delicious cozy grain bowl. A grain bowl is an amazing way to pack in a ton of nutrients easily. They are super customizable based on what you have on hand and your personal preferences. These easy grain bowls are loaded with pearl couscous, roasted sweet potatoes, crunchy SnapDragon apples, arugula, feta, chickpeas, red onion and a delicious Dijon dressing.

Loaded Grain Bowls

How to Make Easy Grain Bowls

1. Pick a grain- The grain options are endless. My tip is to always choose a whole-grain like brown rice, quinoa, farro, millet, etc. 

2. Add a variety of nutritious toppings- I like to have a variety of textures. Soft but crispy like the roasted sweet potatoes. Crispy like the delicious SnapDragon apples and the red onion. Peppery like th arugula. It's fun to have a mix of cooked and raw fruits and vegetables.

3. Add a protein- For this particular bowl, I added garbanzo beans but you could add chicken, beef, pork, baked tofu, beans, nuts, etc.

4. Pick the most delicious sauce- The sauce is what's going to make your bowl! You're going to want a sauce or dressing that you absolutely love. Some great options are this sweet and tangy Dijon dressing, pesto, chimichurri, a southwest sauce, salsa, etc. The tastier, the better.

Harvest Grain Bowls

Grain Bowl Meal Prep Tips

Everyone wants cooking to be easy, right? These tips make these easy grain bowls even easier to make. I love making components of the meal ahead of time to throw together during a busy week for lunch or dinner. 

-Cook your grains ahead of time. Your grains will stay good in the fridge all week so feel free to make them up to 5 days ahead of when you plan to enjoy your last bowl.

Healthy Grain Bowls

-Use SnapDragon apples. You're going to love SnapDragon apples if you haven't tried them already! They have a spicy-sweet flavor with a hint of vanilla. These apples are super crunchy and add the best crunch to these grain bowls.

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-Slice your apples the day of or the night before.

-Roast up double the veggies for multiple uses. The sweet potatoes would be wonderful in a variety of recipes like a breakfast hash so feel free to make more than the required amount.

-Top with your favorite protein. I love white beans, roasted tofu, chickpeas or grilled chicken on these bowls.

Easy Grain Bowls

Easy Grain Bowls
Yield: serves 4 

Easy Grain Bowls

Easy Grain Bowls are loaded with couscous, roasted sweet potatoes, SnapDragon apples, arugula, chickpeas, red onion and topped with a tangy Dijon dressing!

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 35 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potato, cut into cubesha
  • 4 cups cooked pearl couscous (or other grains)
  • 1 can low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 thinly sliced SnapDragon apple
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula 
  • Dijon Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cubed sweet potatoes together with the olive on a large nonstick sheet pan. Roast for 15 minutes, flip sweet potatoes and roast for another 10 minutes until cubes are soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.
  2. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dijon dressing.
  3. In bowls or mason jars, scoop couscous onto the bottom of the jar or bowl and top with sliced apple, garbanzo beans, red onion, feta, roasted sweet potatoes and arugula. Pour dressing over when you're ready to serve. Enjoy!
  4. Stores well in the fridge for up to 5 days.
*Tip: If you're meal prepping these, store the dressing separately and add the arugula after so it doesn't get soggy.


Try more easy bowl recipes!

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