Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rice Bowls

My latest discovery has been rice bowls - rice, tossed with a protein, tons of raw veggies, tons of herbs, maybe some cheese and a simple sauce. These are especially good for getting rid of leftover veggies & herbs - you know, that 1/2 head of cilantro leftover from your favorite mexican recipe. Just use whatever amounts you have & like. I personally go pretty heavy on the herbs, almost treating them like a lettuce green. Here are my two favorite combinations so far, but you should really experiment to find your own!

white fish, cooked w/ salt & pepper in a frying pan w/ some olive oil

fresh basil (lots)
cilantro (lots)
green onions
sliced cucumbers (I like the persian ones at trader joes)
fresh pineapple chunks

Optional ideas: Napa Cabbage, lettuce, snap peas, red bell peppers, thin sliced onion

Sauce: Nuoc Cham (click for recipe)


Canned tuna in oil, preferably an imported super delicious one (like Flott or Ortiz)
Canned garbanzo beans

Veggies - as many as you happen to have from this list:
Red Bell
shaved (thinly sliced) fennel
arugula, cabbage or lettuce
snap peas
cherry tomatoes

Feta cheese - I've been loving french feta lately, it seems softer, more like chevre

Sauce: olive oil, lemon juice, coarse salt & fresh ground pepper

I have to add that nuts are also amazing in rice bowls. So is a vinaigrette of oil & balsamic. Avocados are always excellent. Seriously, if it sounds good to you, or you have it sitting in your fridge, just throw it in.

Also, i have been buying this amazing organic brown basmati rice from costco. It comes in a colorful burlap bag. I have never been very fond of brown rice, but you barely even notice with this kind somehow. So look for it at costco. Super cute bag, organic, basamati. Have fun!!


Shauna said...

Thank you! They were seriously so good. I'm excited to try it out here. :)

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