I didn’t have intentions on making nachos today, let alone vegan nachos! I love when recipes are unexpectedly created by just pulling items out of the fridge. I happened to have all the ingredients for nachos (great choice anyway, in my opinion) and I decided to go vegan. Finally, I can use that slab of tofu I had no idea what to do with.
I’ve created an affinity towards warm rice bowls. I discovered this during my last visit to Chopt (a “salad is the whole meal” concept) a for the first time. I’m not sure why, because they have about a dozen locations in New York City that I never bothered to look twice at.
Well, everything happens for a reason. This was a perfect time to be introduced because I had a weekend off of work approaching, and I pictured myself in the kitchen recreating some of Chopt’s delicious meal options. And today I was meant to have their chicken tinga bowl. There were so many good options on the menu, but your girl had to satisfy my Mexican food craving that day. As I was scarfing down the warm grains with the crisp vegetables, I immediately knew this was something I wanted on the regular.
A bowl can also be the best way to utilize any leftovers or transform takeout. You can build your bowl with meat protein, or just choose to have a vegetarian meal. These days, I’m eating less mind. More surprising, I’m not finding that I miss it.
Have fun and be creative when it comes to what type of bowl you make. I like using a base of both greens and grains I really do want it all. You can toss it with a bit of last night’s chicken korma and some chopped veggies and hey, you’ve got yourself a nice meal with little effort.
This recipe is inspired by southwestern flavors, but I still wanted a meal I could prepare within 30 minutes. I get excited by bold flavors and the contrasting temperatures is always interesting. There isn’t too much prep in this recipe, just cutting the vegetables and making the vinaigrette. It’s Tip: double the recipe and store some in the fridge for future use. Or just use sriracha.
avocado rice bowl w/ tomatillo vinaigrette
serves 1-2, 20-30 mins total time
1 cup white or brown rice, warm
1 cup curly lettuce or mixed greens
½ mango, diced
½ ripe avocado, diced
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans
2 tablespoons cotija cheese, crumbled
2-3 tomatillos, peeled, diced, and smashed
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
crushed black pepper and sea salt, to taste
Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing all the ingredients together and storing in the fridge.
If you’re using it, make the rice per the boxes suggestion and keep warm.
If you’re using canned vegetables, rinse them off using a mesh strainer. Set aside. If you’d like to warm the vegetables a bit, take a skillet and splash add a bit of olive oil on to it. Heat oil over medium flame and add the beans and the corn.
Arrange the bowl with the remaining ingredients in any order you’d like. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and enjoy!
Just because I felt like uggghhh today. I blame it all on stress. There’s no other times I crave chocolate...copious amounts of it. So this week I just need to take it easy.
This recipe is one of the more simpler Thai salads. It’s chock full of vegetables and fresh herbs, with a traditional peanut sauce to toss it all up in!
cabbage + kale thai salad
serves 2-4, 20-30 mins total time
1 bunch kale, ribs removed and chopped
1/4 - 1/2 red cabbage, sliced and halved
2 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 bunch scallion, sliced
1/2 red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups mung bean sprouts
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon sriracha
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Gently stir until combined and smooth. It might be hard to stir the peanut butter at first, using a fork may be best.
Make sure all your veggies are chopped into bite-size pieces and toss in a large bowl to combine. Cilantro and top with dressing. Mix until all ingredients are well coated. Chill for a few moments if you’d like before enjoying.