Welcome to the world of grain bowls!

What’s a grain bowl? These are bowls filled full with fresh and delicious vegetables, some protein, and a cooked whole grain. The components can often be made ahead of time, so grain bowls make a great assemble-and-go meal. 

HOW TO MAKE A GRAIN BOWL

I recently visited the kitchen of Whole Heart Provisions in Boston, a popular local grain bowl restaurant, and learned a few tricks from their chef, Rebecca Arnold.

According to Chef Arnold, a great grain bowl should deliver some surprise in every bite. She likes to cook her grains in a pot of boiling water (like cooking pasta) so they are perfectly plump and tender. She also likes to add something crunchy to give the bowl some texture.0.