Chickpea Grain Bowls with Avocado, Peppers and Red Cabbage

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If you’re looking for simple, quick, easy and healthy meals, Chickpea Grain Bowls are a top pick. Easily assembled and customized to everyone’s taste.

There are no hard and fast rules with grain bowls. Or grain bowl recipes either. They’re simply a collection of the freshest, healthiest, most favorite, colorful food you can find. This happens to be a collection of some of my favorites.

Grain bowls or buddha bowls have been uber popular for years now. With good reason. They’re simple, approachable, and incredibly pretty. In fact, experts say the aesthetic is one of its most important features. Along with balance of flavor, color, protein, and carb.

I like to change ours up according to the season and what looks deliciously fresh at our markets that week.

But in full disclosure, I have two guys in my family… a husband and a son, a college athlete, who love to eat healthy, but have a difficult time filling up. While the grain bowl is perfect for me, I most often will add additional protein for them. Whether that be a grilled and sliced chicken breast, pork chop or fish. It keeps everyone happy. And that’s a very good thing.

Change up the grain according to preference. Great choices are brown rice, farro, quinoa, or even lentils.

A quick note on chickpeas. Keeping everything simple, this recipe calls for canned chickpeas, but if you have roasted chickpeas on hand, they are incredible here. A favorite is Curry Roasted Chickpeas.

There’s something special about bowl food. And Chickpea Grain Bowls just make me happy! I hope it does you too. 

Chickpea Grain Bowls with Avocado, Peppers and Red Cabbage | 31Daily.com

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Chickpea Grain Bowls with Avocado, Peppers, and Red Cabbage

Chickpea Grain Bowls with Avocado, Peppers and Red Cabbage | 31Daily.com

If you’re looking for simple, quick, easy and healthy meals, Chickpea Grain Bowls are a top pick. Easily assembled and customized to everyone’s taste.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (my favorite is short grain brown rice)
  • 14.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cucumber slices
  • 1012 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • avocado, sliced thinly
  • yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • small red cabbage, sliced very thinly
  • 2 cups fresh lettuce (1/2 cup per bowl)
  • handful walnut halves
  • 1 lime, sliced thinly
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Everything Bagel seasoning (like Trader Joe’s) or sesame seeds to taste
  • favorite salad dressing (I love a creamy buttermilk dressing)

Instructions

Arrange brown rice, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, cabbage, lettuce and walnut halves in a wide bowl. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and sprinkle Everything Bagel seasoning or sesame seeds over the bowl. Garnish with lime slices.

Serve with your favorite salad dressing. 

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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