Why Rice Bowls Are The Perfect Meal

By April 23, 2017Recipes

If you’re anything like me, you go through phases with different foods. I went through my oatmeal phase (still in it actually), my smoothie phase, the pasta phase, toast phase, and the list goes on and on. But my latest creation is something so versatile that I think it will probably stick with me forever: rice bowls.


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A rice bowl isn’t for just one type of eater. Vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters, gluten-free’s – honestly anyone can make and love a rice bowl. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, and there are so many different variations that it never gets old. All you need to make a rice bowl is a base (your rice of choice – my personal favorite is basmati rice – or you can even switch it up and do greens and rice or quinoa), a protein, 2-4 toppings and a sauce.

The first step is to fill your favorite bowl with your rice base of choice. After that, simply top the rice with your protein and extra toppings once they’re cooked, and finally drizzle with your topping. Most only take about 15 minutes to make (but I’ve gotten mine down to 10 because I’m a rice bowl champ). 

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Lunching on Mexican rice, seared mango, black beans, corn and tomatoes ❤️ Hope your day is going swell ☀️

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Step 1: Base

  • Basmati rice
  • Brown rice
  • Plain white rice
  • 1/2 greens / 1/2 rice 
  • Quinoa 
  • Any other grain you might like 

Step 2: Protein

  • Tofu/tempeh
  • Veggie burger
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Etc.

Step 3: Additional Toppings

  • Roasted zucchini/eggplant/beets/broccoli etc. (basically any roasted veggie)
  • Sautéed greens
  • Roasted & spiced chickpeas
  • Sauteed bell peppers and onions
  • Shredded carrots & cabbage
  • Mixed grilled veggies
  • Corn, beans, and peppers with cilantro and lime 
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Baked/roasted sweet potato
  • Crumbled feta
  • Sliced grapes 
  • Chopped cucumber & tomato 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Etc.

Step 4: The Final Touch

    • Tahini drizzle (my personal fave)
    • Dollop of hummus
    • Guacamole
    • Soy sauce 
    • Any tasty salad dressing of your choice

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Next time you’re craving something filling, versatile and aesthetically pleasing, I HIGHLY recommend whipping up a rice bowl. Check out more of mine on my food Instagram – @peanutbutterbliss!

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Author Julia DeCecco

Julia is a second year Dietetics major with a minor in Disabilities studies at the University of Delaware. She is passionate about healthy living and helping people be the best that they can be. When she is not in the kitchen working on her healthy culinary creations, you will find her in the UD pool with the club swim team. Check out her healthy food Instagram @peanutbutterbliss.

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