Rice bowls are the perfect answer to what’s for dinner, particularly if you don’t know what to make or don’t have a lot of time. They are quick, easy, and delicious.
Mothers of varying cultures ave served them to feed their kids cheaply and nutritiously. Chipotle has practically built an empire on them. Even the most inexperienced college kid can make them. What are they?
Rice bowls make a quick and easy meal that tastes great and uses all kinds of little bits. It’s the perfect dinner to make when you’re not sure what to make. Get the rice cooker going, and then start rummaging through the cupboards and fridge for things to add on. The beauty of it is that you don’t have to have a lot of any one topping. Everyone can build his own combination with whatever you have.
Consider these delicious rice bowl toppings:
What to put in Rice Bowls?
Rice, of course
Rice is easy to cook and typically inexpensive. There’s great debate about the health benefits of brown v. white, so I say go with what you like and can afford.
While plain cooked rice is certainly simple and traditional for a rice bowl, don’t limit yourself to that. Consider these different rice recipes to serve as the base of your bowl:
- Mexican Rice
- Lemon and Herb Rice Pilaf
- Seasoned Rice Pilaf
- Baked Rice with Lemon and Thyme
- Simple Brown Rice Pilaf
Check out these delicious proteins to top the bowl:
- Shredded chicken, beef, or pork
- Seasoned ground beef
- Shrimp or other shellfish
- Beans of all kinds
- Sausage – crumbled, sliced, balls or links
- Eggs – Scrambled, fried, or soft boiled
- Cheese – shredded or crumbled
- Quinoa – this could even stand in for some or all of the rice!
Vegetables for rice bowls
Or how about the veggie department? Grilled or sauteed, these vegetables taste great
- zucchini and squash
- bell peppers
- spinach, kale, or cabbage
- sweet potato
Don’t forget fresh veggies!
- avocado or guacamole
- shredded lettuce or cabbage
Sauces for rice bowls
Part of the fun is making your bowl suit your own tastes. Be sure to lay out a selection of sausages so folks can make their own flavor combinations.
- hot sauce
- soy sauce
- BBQ sauce
- sour cream
- ranch dressing
There are really no limits to what could work in a rice bowl. Obviously, you want to stay a little close to the flavor profile of the sauce you choose. I’m not sure BBQ sauce would go on cucumbers, chicken, and feta, but you know what I’m talking about.
A pot of white rice takes 20 minutes to cook, so you can easily pull together some delicious toppings to go with.
What’s YOUR favorite rice bowl combination?
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