January 6, 2015

Healthy brown rice lunch bowl

On Sunday, after a hot and humid long run, I hydrated with water and Gatorade followed by a strawberry protein shake.  Soon it was lunchtime and a sandwich did not sound very tasty.  One of our local restaurants serves wraps and bowls made to order and this is what gave me my inspiration. Looking through my refrigerator and freezer, I found the following items that could be combined for an amazing bowl of yummyness! Yes, I do know yummyness is not a word in the dictionary!


Starting out with brown rice as the base to the bowl, I found pre-cooked chicken in my freezer that immediately went into the microwave to defrost.  Grilled sweet potatoes leftover from dinner were also reheated in the microwave plus, Edamame, cucumbers, carrots, baby tomatoes and avocado rounded out the bowl.  Finding a bottle of Asian sesame dressing in my pantry was a perfect compliment to the ingredients.  After the chopping, cooking, microwaving and combining of ingredients, here is the end result!



This took approximately 30 minutes to prepare and it certainly will be something I make again.  Here is a list of ingredients and a recipe:

Brown rice bowl

Ingredients:
brown rice  (I used instant)
chicken or other protein such as salmon, tofu (for those who are vegetarian)
vegetables of your choice such as: peppers, carrots, cabbage, avocado, cucumber, sweet potato, beets, radishes, spinach leaves
Use your imagination and what is already in your refrigerator.  The more colors you have in your bowl, the healthier it will be.  You could also choose to use lettuce as a base to your salad instead of brown rice.

Enjoy and let me know what items you include in your bowl!




18 comments:

  1. This looks so tasty. I always have these ingredients on hand. Thanks for the recipe. -L

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  2. That looks so yummy! I LOVE edamame! And sweet potatoes!

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    1. I just looked for whatever I had on hand but may try some different veggies next time.

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  3. Looks delicious, and I love how easy it is to make!

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    1. Especially if you have help chopping the ingredients!

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  4. This looks amazing!!! I will be making this very soon!

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  5. This looks great! All my favorite ingredients in one bowl!

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    1. Simple and I totally agree, lots of tasty good all in one bowl!

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  6. Yum, I love rice bowls. Looks delicious

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    1. It's also easy to do takeout from Epic but I was too lazy and hungry!

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  7. This is a great idea. I'll be honest, I can't handle brown rice, but I could certainly recreate with cows cous, quinoa or white or yellow rice. Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. I am going to experiment with different dressings too

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  8. Looks yummy! Whenever I make a rice bowl, I tend to make it southwestern--salsa, chicken, black beans, avocado, etc.--but now I have to try using sweet potatoes . . .

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    1. Yes, black beans would be a great addition too

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  9. Looks yummy. I love rice and it is gluten free so I can have it.

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  10. Yum, I love these. You can pretty much throw anything into these bowls!

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