Grain Bowls – A Bunch of Lunch

Grain Bowls - A Bunch of Lunch | The Tish Kitchen | Food & Style Blogger

Grain Bowls - A Bunch of Lunch | The Tish Kitchen | Food & Style Blogger

I do the food prep thing for dinners more than lunch, as I work from home. I sure do see the value in getting ahead and measuring things out. Especially when I have a hectic week, I don’t want to worry about my choices, including those indulgences that can happen when left to sudden decision making.

This is simple and filling, packed with protein and big flavor from two dressings. It has crisp veggies, juicy tomatoes and savory olives. I made three meals out of this, that were good in the fridge all week. For me, it was two lunches and one sensational breakfast.

Dress the lentils on their own before building these bowls. You’ll add the vinaigrette to the rest of the salad right before serving. The longer the lentils marinate the deeper the flavor.

I don’t know if I was just pleased with myself for making good food choices, or if the clean eating was the catalyst for a very powerful afternoon. Didn’t have that dreaded 4:00 p.m. drop in energy, AND I was full until dinner. The less snacks in my life the better.

Hope you try this in your meal prep rotation and enjoy it as much as I have.

Grain Bowls – A Bunch of Lunch


  • One cup of Corn

  • One cup of Olives

  • One cup of diced Cucumber

  • One cup of diced Tomatoes

  • 3 chopped Scallions (Green Onions)

  • 1 ½ cups of cooked Lentils

  • 1 ½ cups of cooked brown, wild or black Rice

Lentil Dressing

  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 diced Shallot

Stir until combined, then pour over the lentils. Allow them to “marinate” for at least 15 minutes, or more.

Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 diced Shallot

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • Juice of an Orange

Combine the ingredients, stirring to combine. Set aside.


Make your lentils and rice according to package directions.

Dress the Lentils with the Balsamic Dressing, so there is time for the flavor to develop.

The rest of this is all about assembly. Layer each of the ingredients, in equal amounts, into your containers.

I add the Salad Dressing right before I eat, pouring it over everything except the Lentils.

The Balsamic and the Orange complement each other so well! The flavors are good even if some of the salad mixes with the lentils. You can use another citrus besides Orange, but that is the one I like best with this Grain Bowl.