Monday, October 21, 2013

Vegan Rice Bowl

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 minsServes:3-4 people
Cooking Time :45 mins
>1 cup brown rice 
>Peas (boiled)
>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.


  1. Oh, yes, definitely blogworthy (great word:-) - The pictures are sooo great! I love those colors - , and will try this dish for sure:-) Thanks for sharing:-)

  2. I have a feeling that everything you make is blogworthy. Me on the other hand? Not so much.

    Looks delicious!

  3. This looks fantastic and DEFINITELY blogworthy!

  4. most definitely blogworthy... looks delicious.

  5. Seriously - THIS was at starbucks? I must say it is definitely blogworthy and drool inducing - I LOVE beets! The colors in your dish - so awesome!
    I don't remember seeing anything that looked THIS good at Starbucks before!

    1. I hope its not just a northeast thing, but yeah, they have veggie rice bowls... recently introduced.

  6. Looks beautiful and tasty Archana and definitely blog worthy! Eating raw is always a good change. I even undercook my veges so they are a little crispy for subji. Never seen anything like this in Starbucks, how funny!

    1. Amelia - eating raw (or almost raw) does feel very refreshing and light on my stomach. If all healthy food tasted this good, I'd be only eating healthy :)

  7. Ohhh,, looks really healthy and yummy Archana. Hey, the way it looks and how the colors are laid is perfect to blog about and I am craving it now. So, that says it all.
    I love eating raw, it's a good thing, I am inspired. Keep it coming and do what you have to do and blog what you have to my dear. I'll be here to check everything out. xx

  8. thumbs up. I love visiting and learning new, simple recipe ideas because thats what most of us like to eat (atleast me on a daily basis). This is such a good inspiration to eat healthier and fresher food :) please keep these kind of recipes coming.

  9. Looks amazing! I love the vibrant and gorgeous colors. Makes me want to eat healthy!

  10. I have to agree with everyone, the presentation and colors really look gorgeous!

  11. This is a perfect bowl of harvest yumminess! Beautiful colors on top!

  12. Beautiful colors, flavors and texture. I'm so glad you decided to post this raw rice bowl recipe :)

  13. Almost anything is blogworthy, IMO - it's always fun to learn what other people like to cook and eat. And I'd make this! It looks terrific - thanks so much.

  14. I recently tried the updated menu at Starbucks. Have to say its pretty good. Totally blog worth this!