Some meals make me wonder if they are blogworthy. Do folks visiting my blog expect something new and interesting or just want to see what meals I spin up in my kitchen? Does a bowl of veggies and brown rice qualify? I'm putting all that pressure aside, and talking about my most favorite meal these days - this rice bowl! I not only love it, I crave it!
And here's something else that's not spectacular about this meal, I first had it at starbucks! Thats right, one of their prepared boxed meals - this right here is an attempt to recreate the flavors of the master chef at starbucks!
Rest assured, this humble meal is packed with a ton of flavor. Healthy and easy to assemble, really, its got everything going for it.
And because most of it, including the rice, is make ahead, you could have this for lunch 2-3 times in a week. Once you try it, trust me, you will want it 2-3 times a week.
Only changes I made was exclude raw kale, because I couldn't commit to a whole bunch of kale and used sundried tomatoes instead of roasted tomatoes because I didn't have the patience to roast them. I liked the sundried tomato swap because the flavors from the tomatoes were just as intense, or maybe more.
|Prep Time :||15 mins||Serves:||3-4 people|
|Cooking Time :||45 mins|
|>||1 cup brown rice|
|>||Beets (store bought, cooked)|
|>||Red Cabbage (shredded)|
|>||Butternut Squash (roasted)|
|>||Sundried tomatoes (jarred, packed in oil)|
|>||Broccolini (bunch, steamed)|
|>||2 tbsp Tahini|
|>||Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon)|
|>||1/2 tsp Red chilli powder|
|>||1/2 tbsp honey|
|>||2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil|
|*||Pre-heat oven to 350|
|*||Peel and cut butternut squash into small pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt & pepper|
|*||In the oven for 15 mins - check at 10 mins for doneness with a fork|
|*||Cook brown rice per package instructions|
|*||I boil my veggies in the microwave, peas in a bowl of water for 5 mins and drain|
|*||Cut stems off of broccolini and put in a ziplock with 1-2 tbsp of water. Microwave for 2 mins|
|*||For the dressing, mix all ingredients except olive oil. Once all ingredients are well combined, add olive oil and mix well|
|*||To assemble, in a bowl, add brown rice, layer on the veggies and drizzle with dressing|
|Note: Add any variety of beans for a heartier meal.|