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Panera Now Has Grain Bowls And They’re My New Favorite Thing On The Menu

Kristin Salaky
Photo credit: Panera/Kristin Salaky

From Delish

Grain bowls are one of the easiest and most delicious meals out there. For one, they've got carbs and you can essentially load them up with protein and veggies and sauce and whatever other delicious things you love. Though I'm sure you make a killer grain bowl yourself, Panera just added grain bowls to its menu and they just may make you change your dinner plans.

First up is the Baja. It's made up of cilantro-lime long grain brown rice, a mix of red and golden quinoa, grilled citrus pepper chicken (there is also a meatless option!), black bean and corn salsa, salsa verde, red grape tomatoes, avocado, feta crumbles, and whole milk Greek yogurt.

Photo credit: Panera/Kristin Salaky

Next up is the Mediterranean bowl made up of cilantro-lime long grain brown rice, a mix of red and golden quinoa on a bed of arugula, grilled citrus pepper chicken (or meatless as well), red grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, diced cucumbers, hummus, lemon tahini dressing, feta crumbles, and whole milk Greek yogurt with a squeeze of lemon.

I got a chance to try both grain bowls ahead of their release, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. I am a true blue Panera fan (it was basically the only healthy option near me growing up) and though I've been a long-time devotee to the Caesar salad, these have already become my new favorites.

The Baja bowl is fresh and a little bit sweet, thanks to the delicious salsas in it. It gets a little big of creaminess thanks to the Greek yogurt and just makes you feel healthy after you've eaten it. The Mediterranean bowl is also amazing, especially for people who love tahini...which is everyone. The hummus makes it feel a bit more filling and satisfying but the arugula added some crunch as well. If I had to pick, I'd go with the Baja (my taste testing partner agreed) but it's all up to preference.

The grain bowls are now available nationwide and all in all, I can't recommend these enough, especially when you're trying to find something healthy and delicious in a hurry. It's this. You're welcome.

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