Mix & Match Grain Bowl - Capital Area Food Bank
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Mix & Match Grain Bowl

By Oscar April 1, 2022

Nutrition facts: varies

Serves and cost vary

Mix and Match Formula

Combine one kind of each ingredient groups (or more than one if you like) and top with your choices of seasonings or sauce. All ingredients can be made ahead of time or stored separately. Build your bowl fresh or enjoy throughout the week.


Start with a whole grain:

  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Barley
  • Quinoa
  • Other

Make according to package instructions

Add Fresh Vegetables

See the CAFB “Cooking Vegetables” Recipe Card OR

Canned Vegetables

Drain the liquid, rinse the vegetable.

Add Your Protein

  • Beans (black, chickpeas, white beans)
  • Lentils (black, green, brown)
  • Fried Egg
  • Tofu
  • Nuts
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Tuna

Add this Peanut Sauce


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Stir together and slowly add water with either a spoon or a whisk until the texture is to your liking for dipping or spreading (or try with the CAFB “Simple Vinaigrette Dressing”).

Add Your topping

See the CAFB “Quick Pickle” recipe.

Quick caramelized onions

Thinly slice 1 onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan, add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook the onions over medium heat, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes.

Download the Recipe Card