Category Archives: Bowls

Veggie Rice & Creamed Garlic Sauce (V, GF)

Veggie rice & creamed garlic sauce makes for an excellent, quick lunch or light dinner that is both nourishing and satisfying. Coated in a creamy sauce, fresh or frozen cauliflower and broccoli are steamed until tender along with additional steamed veggies such as carrots and green beans. The vegetables are tossed with fluffy and fragrant basmati rice since it absorbs the sauce really well and is easy to digest, but any rice variety would be delicious. On top of the rice and veggies is a creamy sauce of steamed corn, fresh garlic, and pink salt–incredibly simple yet the flavors and consistency are amazing. For an alternate version, you could also substitute peas for corn and/or add some optional herbs and spices to accentuate the flavors. Topped with a splash of lemon juice, the flavor combinations in the sauce, steamed vegetables, and fragrant rice are heightened by the lemon’s acidity.

Besides tasting delicious, veggie rice & creamed garlic sauce is healthy yet nourishing and comforting. Thanks to cruciferous veggies, they offer anti-cancer nutrients such as a plethora of minerals, carotenoids, and folate as well as vitamins C, E, and K. Also, this high-fiber vegetable contains glucosinolates, the sulfur-rich compounds that have been studied for their cancer-fighting qualities (1).

While it may not look the most appetizing, this veggie rice & creamed garlic sauce is too good not to share. This super delicious bowl of tender veggies and rice pairs wonderfully with a creamy corn sauce (similar to this one) to create a simple meal that can be personalized to your liking. Considering the delicious, colorful tastes and health benefits of this meal idea, veggie rice with creamed garlic sauce is simple to assemble, yet vibrant and delicious.

Veggie Rice with Creamed Garlic Sauce

Veggie Rice with Creamed Garlic Sauce
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Rice
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 cup dry white basmati rice
Veggies
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 2 cups broccoli or cauliflower, steamed
  3. 1 cup mixed veggies of choice, steamed
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
Corn Sauce
  1. 2 cups frozen corn boiled
  2. 1/2 cup cooking water
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  5. 1 tsp. ground ginger
  6. 1/4 tsp. oregano
  7. Pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil water in a medium sized saucepan, add rice and simmer on low for 10 minutes until water is absorbed. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. In a separate pan, boil water and add frozen corn. add a mesh steamer or steaming basket containing the vegetables and steam over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables have reached desired tenderness. Once the rice and veggies are done cooking, combine them in bowl. Add corn and 1/2 cup of cooking water to a high speed bender or food processor and blend on high until smooth. Add in the garlic, turmeric, ginger, oregano, and S&P, then blend on low. Add sauce over rice and veggies and top with salt and pepper to taste along with 2 tbsp. of lemon juice.
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1. National Cancer Institute. 2012. Cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention. National Cancer Institute.
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet

Ginger Garlic Rice

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This Ginger Garlic Rice is savory and sweet with a slight spice. Similar to a sweet and sour sauce, the sauce is sweet and tangy from the citrus juice and deep maple flavor. The ginger and garlic add the perfect amount of heat to balance out these sweet, tangy, and salty flavors. This contrast of tastes creates such a delightful and vibrant sauce that is perfect as a dipping sauce or glazed over steamed veggies and fluffy jasmine rice. This ginger garlic rice bowl is super nutritious, simple to make, plus it tastes amazing—everything you could want in a veggie-rice bowl. It’s packed with healthy carbs, veggies, protein, and delicious healing herbs that add a warming touch to this satisfying bowl of goodness.

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Garlic Ginger Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dry white rice
  2. 2 cups boiling water
  3. 1 head of broccoli, rinsed and steamed
Sauce
  1. 1/4 tsp. salt
  2. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  3. 1/4 tsp. minced ginger
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. Sprinkle of black pepper
  6. 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  7. 1/4 tsp. chilli powder
  8. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add the rice to a pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes, then cover with a lid for 10 minutes to let the rice absorb any excess moisture. Steam or boil the broccoli for around 10 minutes, then toss with the rice. Assemble the sauce ingredients in a small dish or cup and whisk everything together. Pour over the rice and broccoli and top with additional herbs. Enjoy!
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Mango Rice Bowl

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There is something so satisfying about bowls filled with vibrant colors, savory-sweet flavor combinations, and a variety of textures. The exciting mixture of ingredients makes your taste buds happy and leaves your belly satisfied. This tropical-inspired mango rice bowl is just that–combining sweet, savory, and tart flavors with soft, crisp, and creamy textures. The mixture of fresh ingredients brings out each of their flavors and release their nutrients. The flavors all mesh wonderfully! The sweet mango that melts in your mouth combined with warm, soft jasmine rice, and coated in a creamy guacamole that tastes of zesty lime and garlic. It’s one of those recipes where you throw a bunch of simple, fresh ingredients into a bowl and it transforms into a fantastic recipe without all the prep and cooking time.

 

Mango Rice Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/4 cup shredded fresh cilantro or 1/2 tbsp. dried cilantro
  4. 1 tbsp. lime juice
  5. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. Salt & Pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup chopped mango
Creamy Mashed Avocado
  1. 1 avocado
  2. Juice from 1/2 a lime
  3. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. Dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of boiling water and cook on low for about 10 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water. Cover with a lid for ten minutes and assemble the other ingredients in a bowl. Add the rice to this bowl and mix until ingredients are combined with the rice, then toss in the chopped mango. Scoop out the avocado and add the lime juice and salt to a bowl with the avocado. Mash it with a fork until it has reached desired texture, then add the minced garlic and pepper and mix until combined. Top the mango rice bowl with the creamy avocado mash. Enjoy!
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Cilantro Lime Rice

 
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Cilantro lime rice is an essential component of any burrito bowl—it has a wonderfully soft texture and a zesty lime flavor that is enhanced by the bits of chopped cilantro and sprinkled with salt crystals. I tried to make a copycat recipe of Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice, but it never tasted quite the same until this recipe happened. Even though it’s a pretty simple recipe, the quality of the few ingredients and the amounts of each will make all the difference. It has the perfect balance of flavors and textures; it is super simple!

Fluffy rice is the key to making it delicious, and the key to fluffy rice is cooking it with enough water, but not too much. Also, letting it sit covered for ten minutes after cooking helps it to absorb the moisture to increase its light and fluffy quality. Any rice could work, but white jasmine rice is the best in this recipe. It’s light, fragrant, and a perfect base to absorb all of the flavorful ingredients. Fresh lime and lemon juice and fresh cilantro add a vibrant and flavorful touch. It is a tasty side dish and an essential base to burrito bowls and taco bowls.

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Cilantro Lime Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white jasmine rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. Juice from 1 lime
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  6. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
  7. 1/4 tsp. himalayan salt crystals or kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Start by rinsing the rice and boiling the water, then add the rice to the boiling water and cook on low for 10-15 minutes. Once rice has cooked, cover it with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the cilantro and prepare the other ingredients and add them all to a bowl. Add the rice to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything together. Serve fresh and enjoy!
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Quinoa Bowl with Garlic Sauce

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Big bowls of goodness are a warming and hearty comfort food, especially when they are big bowls of plant-based goodness that are satisfying and nourishing at the same time. They warm your belly, but also feed your soul. High-protein grains, veggies, healthy fats, and herbs & spices are the key ingredients for creating a delicious bowl of goodness–this quinoa bowl with garlic sauce contains just those ingredients with a variety of flavors.

The fluffy quinoa is cooked with fragrant herbs and tossed with sweet, juicy bites of corn and topped with a creamy garlic sauce. It is a savory bowl of plant-based goodness that is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied. Simply cook the quinoa and corn, then toss in the corn sauce and herbs & spices. It’s an amazing wholesome and satisfying dish that is just as nutritious as it is delicious.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  3. 2 cups corn sauce: http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/creamy-corn-alfredo-soup/
  4. 1 tbsp. oil
  5. 1 minced garlic clove
  6. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
  7. 1/4 tsp. pink salt
  8. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  10. 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  11. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  12. Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Instructions
  1. Add rinsed quinoa to two cups of boiling water in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on low for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cover the pan for 10 minutes. Quinoa should be fluffy. Add frozen corn to boiling water and cook on low for 10 minutes, then toss with the quinoa. Heat oil in a skillet and add the minced garlic, then sauté for a few minutes until it softens. Add in the other herbs so that they heat up. Add the quinoa, corn, and corn sauce to the skillet and mix everything together and allow the mixture to warm. Serve with additional herbs and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!
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