easy veggie rice bowl
Easy veggie rice bowl
These easy to put together veggie rice bowls are one of the best ways to use up all the veggies in your fridge that are taunting you. Yes, taunting you. I go nuts in the produce department on the regular! I love all the colors and of course, the idea of all the healthy meals that I plan to make. Fast forward a week and I have only used about half of them. Some weeks our schedule hijacks my meal plan. The vegetables that remain are sending out an S.O.S. that my budget clearly receives! Usually, they go into soup, but sometimes I like to savor the crunch. The wonderful thing about veggie rice bowls is that they come together in minutes (once you’ve cooked and cooled your rice/quinoa). Of course, you can use whatever veggies you currently have. I even added kale chips to our veggie rice bowls this week. A nice touch of crispy saltiness. Seaweed would be great too.
Meal Prep~ it’s a good idea
I used to be so great about meal prep. Lately, I feel as though the grocery store sees me coming a mile away. I’m buying whatever’s on heavy display, sale or looks pretty. Walking into a grocery store without a plan is really just planning to fail. Inevitably, certain ingredients are forgotten. On top of that, it takes double the amount of time and my budget takes a huge hit. These veggie rice bowls and my Rainbow Salads are perfect for me because I can buy up whatever produce catches my eye and create these gorgeous dinner time hits in no time. Perhaps you’re like me. Big dreams in the produce aisle, and the occasional nightmare in the after-school activity schedule. Does anyone else feel like a chauffeur between the hours of 4pm-7pm? Meal prep might be the key to make it all come together seamlessly. Cook the rice or quinoa on Sunday while chopping the veggies. Shake up the vinaigrette and put it all in the fridge and wait for the desperate dinner dilemma. You will come out looking like a hero, at least in the eyes of your hungry crew.
The daily question ????
You and I both know what the daily question is. ” Hey, what’s for dinner?!” Even though I know this question will be asked of me each and every day, I still cringe. Yesterday, while at jiu-jitsu I overheard another boy ask his Mom the “daily question,” during a water break. I admit, along with a couple of the other parents, we giggled. Each thankful it wasn’t our child asking. Yet, encouraged in the solidarity that we weren’t the only ones being put on the spot day in and day out.
Instead of feeling a surge of panic, you can feel cool, calm and collected, with an actual answer rather than a deflection. Because you know once you get in the car, the daily question will be tossed around. While casual to them, it can be enough to make you want to careen into the nearest drive-through.
Instead of succumbing to the temptation to throw a bag of unhealthy fast food at your kids, You can smile knowing dinner is prepped and ready.
It might surprise you to watch your kids take great pleasure in eating such a colorful meal.
Eat more vegetables
There is no denying that most of us need more veggies in our lives. I feed my kids a ton of vegetables throughout the week. The boys’ lunch boxes are practically bogged down with veggies. They ask for a snack and I hand them chopped veggies and hummus. I even serve them avocado toast at least once a week for breakfast. However, when it comes to myself and veggies, I am found lacking. I save all the vegetables for my boys. Honestly, I need to plan if I want to eat my daily serving of vegetables. Here’s hoping I’m not the only Mom around that notices this about myself. I’m always in a hurry…. (I’m working on it.) Checking things off my list, and on the go. I grab something that is easy and quick (because, like I said, I’m always in a hurry…) Sometimes, I don’t even know what I’m in a hurry for. But, let me tell you, my seven kid-free hours seem to fly by! So, I pledge that I will chop some extra veggies for myself. Here’s to a healthier year, healthier mealtimes and one more beautiful and delicious solution to your family’s daily question.
|Cook Time:||30 min|
|Prep Time:||20 min|
|Total Time:||50 min|
* 1 cup cucumbers, julienned or chopped
* 1 cup carrots, julienned, chopped or shredded
* 1 Large bell pepper, julienned or chopped ( I prefer red)
* 1 small bunch of scallions, chopped
* 1 cup edamame beans
* 1 cup green peas
* 1 lime, cut into wedges
* 1 small bunch cilantro, lightly chopped (may sub basil, mint, etc)
* 1/2 cup Raw pumpkin seeds ( may sub any nut or seed you desire)
* kale chips or seaweed (Optional)
* 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
* 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
* 1/2 cup champagne or flavored vinegar ( I used an orange flavored vinegar, any citrus flavor would be great)
* 1/8 tsp granulated garlic
* 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
* 2 tsp organic, unsulphured blackstrap molasses
2. Set aside to cool or make up to 3 days ahead
3. Chop or julienne your veggies, lime, and herbs
4. Set aside or prep up to 3 days ahead
5. Place all vinaigrette ingredients into a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid
6. Shake until well-combined
7. Divide rice into 4 bowls
8. Place equal amounts of veggies, nuts/seeds and herbs over the top of the rice/quinoa
9. Pour equal amounts of dressing over the top and serve immediately
10. * This makes an easy meal prep kit if kept in separate airtight containers until you are ready to put it in a bowl and serve.