this ancient grain bowl is the perfect lunch bowl or side dish during the holiday season. easy to make and filled with nutritious ingredients!

Harvest Ancient Grain Bowl

This Ancient Grain Bowl is filled with tons of delicious ingredients. It’s nourishing, energizing and incredibly tasty.

it uses fall ingredients o the fullest! one of my favorite parts is the chunks of roasted butternut squash. the caramelization is absolutely delicious and borderline addicting.

The recipe can be adjusted/multiplied if you want to make more than two servings.

with all the different diet preferences these days, that is not an easy task! this recipe features both barley and wheat berries, adding not only a delicious flavor but plant-based protein as well to keep this recipe vegan-friendly.

Main Ingredients


  • instead of seeds, add nuts to still have a great crunch factor
  • the dried cranberries can be swapped for any dried fruit
  • sweet potato would be a great alternative to the butternut squash (or any root vegetable!)
  • Next, the kale can be swapped for your favorite greens such as spinach or swiss chard.
  • don’t like green beans? raw asparagus would be a great swap to keep it light, refreshing and have a crunch

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make an ancient grain bowl?

the most time consuming part of this recipe is waiting for the two ancient grains and butternut squash to cook.
besides those ingredients, this recipe is quick and when you have the grains already prepared this is very minimal waiting time until you can eat this delicious, fall harvest bowl.

How many calories are in a harvest bowl?

this bowl is filled with tons of delicious ingredients that are also nutritious.

the two ancient grains are higher in calorie but also add great nutritional value to your diet. if you use a low-calorie dressing like the one i linked above, it will keep the calories lower in the bowl. (this bowl has ~500 calories)

Are ancient grain bowls healthy?

like everything else you eat…healthy in moderation! by portioning out the grains, veggies and dressing this will be a healthy and nutritious meal.

Is a harvest bowl good left over?

yes! this recipe is perfect to meal prep and have throughout the week.

just make sure to not mix in the dressing until you plan to eat the bowl, everything else can be put together ahead of time.

how should i store my ingredients?

all of the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and stored in a single airtight container.

However, add the dressing at the time you plan to eat the bowl so avoid soggy ingredients.

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healthy fall ancient grain bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 2 servings
this ancient grain bowl is the perfect lunch bowl or side dish during the holiday season. easy to make and filled with nutritious ingredients!


  • 6 cups shredded kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup wheat berries
  • 1/4 cup barley
  • 1 cup raw green beans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tbsp honey dijon dressing


  • preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
  • cook the barley and wheat berries according to the instructions. i cook both of the ancient grains in the same pot
  • peel and cube the butternut squash
  • line a baking tray with aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil
  • toss the butternut squash until all of the pieces are covered in olive oil
  • bake in the oven for ~40 minutes, tossing halfway through
  • roast in the oven until slightly crisp and golden on both sides
  • while the squash is cooking, cut the fresh green beans
  • in a large bowl add your kale and olive oil. massage the kale until it's fully covered in olive oil and has softened slightly in texture
  • remove the butternut squash from the oven and let cool
  • by now the ancient grains should be fully cooked
  • combine the massaged kale with the grains and remaining ingredients in one bowl. toss until fully combined
  • store to eat the bowl later or serve yourself a plate now and drizzle with the honey dijon dressing


Calories: 600kcal
Course: dinner, lunch
Keywords: ancient grain bowl, easy lunch recipe, easy meal prep, harvest bowl, healthy lunch bowl, lunch recipe

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