Vegetarian Rice Bowl
By Janelle Marcotte
Uptown Digesters…. welcome to my veggie kitchen!
Today we are making what I like to call Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Bowl. I’ve been a vegetarian for a short period of time and I can have a hard time putting together a meal that makes any sense or is by any means aesthetically pleasing. If you are also a student, you will understand that we don’t always have time to stop by the grocery store, yet we somehow always end up with random, seemingly useless ingredients. This bowl is the perfect, last minute solution…
You can use all the random things you have in your kitchen (yes for not wasting food), you can customize it to your preference and it’s actually fun to make.
Bonus: It is full of protein for my vegetarian buds! Honestly the only negative is that it can take a bit of time, but if you prep in advance all you have to do is throw it in the bowl and voila!
Spices of choice
Sauce(s) of choice
Step 1: Make rice
I am not going to explain how to make rice. But Jamie Oliver will and he certainly knows how to cook perfect fluffy rice.
Step 2: Get roastin’
For my bowl I have sweet potatoes, asparagus and kale. I also added some roasted chickpeas I made earlier in the week. (For real I’m not going to tell you how to make them because I pretty much failed at it but once again GOOGLE IS OUR FRIEND.)
Step 2.1 Rinse the veggies
Step 2.2 Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes.
Step 2.3 Put the potatoes on a lined pan with aluminum foil (you will put the rest of the veggies once the potatoes have roasted for a bit)
Step 2.4 Sprinkle with olive oil and whatever spices you like. I used salt and pepper, garlic powder and on the potatoes I added some seasoned salt
Step 3: Put things in the oven
At this point it will depend what veggies you’re roasting but for mine I set the oven at 400 degrees. The kale and asparagus roast pretty fast, so give them about 7-10 minutes and they should be ready. The sweet potatoes take about 30 minutes so at the 20 minute mark put the kale and asparagus on the pan so that everything is ready at the same time. This is key.
Step 4: Put things on top
While the veggies are in the oven you can prep whatever else you want in your bowl. I kept it pretty simple and cut some avocado up. I’m not sure about you but I definitely have an unhealthy obsession with avocados. I also took out some hemp and chia seeds for when we put the bowl together.
Step 5: Choose the sauce
This step is up to you- you could put some soy sauce, hot sauce, teriyaki sauce, a spicy peanut butter sauce or maybe even ketchup (ok no DO NOT do that like please do NOT put ketchup on this)
I chose to use a cashew sauce. Stay tuned and maybe if you’re lucky enough I will teach you how to make it another time.
Step 6: Aka the best step ever because it means you can eat it soon: PUT IT TOGETHER.
I doubt this needs explaining but you can either literally throw everything in the bowl OR if you’re like me and you attempt to make things look pretty, this is what you do… Put the rice in the middle and surround it with those beautiful veggies, sprinkle the seeds on top and sauce it up.
Step 7: EAT IT. (I lied step 7 is truly the best step ever because you can actually eat it)
I hope you enjoyed making and eating this as much as I did and remember to let the creative foodie in you take over and try different combinations of this. If you happen to throw an amazing bowl together HOLLA at your girl, let me know in the comments below because I would love to try it out!
Another great recipe by Janelle: Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
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