Hearty And Healthy Grain Bowls For The New Year

Welcome to 2017! How are your resolutions going?

Well, if eating and feeling healthier is on your to-do list, we are here serving up some healthy recipe inspiration.

For this week's SWAT (Sharing With A Theme), we asked our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to share their recipes for healthy, yet utterly satisfying, grain bowls.

Grain bowls are composed salads bolstered by a hearty grain (like barley, farro, or quinoa, for example) and studded with vegetables, protein, a lovely dressing or vinaigrette, and then perhaps a little cheese, for good measure.

Check out these vibrant, healthy, and artfully composed grain bowls and keep those resolutions going strong!

Healthy Albacore Buddha Bowls

The View From Great Island makes her "Buddha Bowls" with pantry staples, incorporating ingredients like canned albacore tuna, vegetables, cabbage, eggs, and olives.  If you are concerned as to what exactly you should put in your grain bowl, she has some advice for you: "Relax — this is a freewheeling way to eat, forget the old rules about appropriate food pairings —- if it looks pretty and tastes good, add it in!" (Bonus: She includes two recipes here and they both look divine).

Click here for the recipe.

Butternut Squash, Beet, and Barley Salad With Apple Maple Vinaigrette

"This healthy grain salad is the perfect combination of fall flavors, boasting bright colors and bold flavors from the combination of barley, roasted squash and beets with creamy goat cheese crumbles," writes Bucket List TummyFor her recipe, click here.

Roasted Broccoli Barley Bowls With Creamy Tahini Dressing

Oat and Sesame calls her grain bowls "standby meals"; they're so good and so nutritious she makes them all the time. This creation comprises barley, charred broccoli, fresh red bell peppers, and walnuts, and is then dressed in a deeply flavorful tahini dressing.

For the recipe, click here.

Vegan Farro and Red Cabbage Salad

Mango Tomato reports, "If you are looking for a healthy, filling and easy to make side or salad, this recipe is for you. Plus, not only is it perfect for Meatless Monday, it's also vegan!" In addition to farro and red cabbage, sliced radishes, olives, and lemons are also featured.

Click here for the recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad

"The great thing about salads is that they are easy to customize," notes The Kittchen. "I opted for broccoli, while Charles (her husband) added cucumbers instead. The other fun thing about this recipe is that you can serve the chicken and quinoa hot or cold. We added warm chicken and quinoa to our salads, but then Charles kept them cold when he ate the leftovers."

Check out this recipe here.