The New Year is just around the corner. Here are some Healthy Rice Bowls to start your year off right with a healthier you!
I don’t know about you, but after the holidays I feel like eating lettuce. Just lettuce. Which is sort of boring, but after eating all the cookies, pies, meats, gravies, and my fill of mashed potatoes I need to do something to lower the scale.
Now, if you’re a reader of my blog, then you know I’m a total #carbhoor. I don’t shy away from potatoes, pastas, and rice. In fact, I’ve stated on more than one occasion that I could easily make a meal of rice with a little butter, salt, and pepper. In fact, I’ve don’t just that. Recently. Granted it was mushroom sauced rice but still.
So, I thought I’d share my love of rice with some healthy rice bowls to get you back on track to eating healthy in the new year. Several of these are already on my menu to make in the coming months. They all look delicious and so easy to assemble for any night of the week.
Bowl Me Over has a TON of bowl meals on her blog. All of them look so delicious. But this Korean Style Beef and Broccoli Rice Bowl looks packed with hearty beef flavor, crunchy broccoli, and a delicious sauce. If the rice is already cooked, then this meal comes together in a flash!
Of course, you don’t always have to go the stir-fry route with a rice bowl. A Cedar Spoon made delicious turkey meatballs to in her Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs. She garnished it with cucumber, tabbouleh, feta, chickpeas, and hummus.
Foodiecrush packed her Sesame Shrimp with Asian Greens Rice Bowl with tons of flavors! There’s succulent shrimp, edamame, chard, spinach, sesame seeds, and healthy brown rice. Now, don’t frown at brown rice. It has a deliciously nutty flavor I love. More so than plan white rice. If you haven’t tried brown rice, give it a shot. It’s delicious.
If you know me at all, then you know I love fajitas. They’re my go to meal at many Latin American restaurants. So, of course I had to share these Steak Fajitas Bowls with Garlic Lime Rice from Little Spice Jar. It’s full of healthy steak, vegetables, creamy avocado and sour cream, and of course rice!
Another delicious Asian style bowl is Honey Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls from With Salt and Wit. Hearty chicken is sautéed and then simmered with a delicious teriyaki sauce. Broccoli adds crunch and delicious fiber before topping over brown rice. I’m drooling over this one. That sauce looks so full of flavor! It will definitely be a family friendly dish.
My Sequined Life makes one of her favorite take out recipes at home. This Loaded Mediterranean Beef Rice Bowl has seasoned ground beef, hummus (store bought or homemade), a creamy yogurt sauce, and crunchy vegetables. It’s packed with flavor and feta cheese. Serve with pita wedges for a filling, easy dinner.
Roasted brussels sprouts are the bomb! When I saw this bowl from Cooking LSL I had to share it. Her Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Quinoa Bowls looks packed with delicious flavor! I know. They’re not RICE bowls, but quinoa is just as easy to prepare as rice. And if you’re that picky, just serve them over rice!
Looking for a healthy side dish rice bowl? Then these Mushroom and Spinach Baked Rice Bowls are right up your alley! Shutterbean garnishes with a little lemon to add a little brightness to this hearty side dish.
I know. You’re saying, “But Christie, pork belly isn’t all that healthy!” But I’m here to say that everything in moderation is healthy. Dividing a pound of pork belly into 4 ounce servings is perfectly healthy. And The Woks of Life knows this. Their Lu Rou Fan or Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl is packed with flavor. You could substitute a leaner cut of pork, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
How Sweet Eats is rocking a killer Pineapple Chorizo Rice Bowl. That’s right, I said pineapple and chorizo. It’s like kicked up Hawaiian pizza in a bowl. It’s packed with chorizo, pineapple, and mini bell peppers then drizzled with avocado and chipotle cream for added flavor.
Tastes Better from Scratch made the ultimate chicken bowl. Her Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls are packed with sweet peppers, onions, pineapple, zucchini, and healthy chicken breast. She grilled hers, but you could easily broil the vegetables and chicken if it’s too cold to grill.
I love the combination of the spicy jerk chicken with the sweet fig salsa. Bowl Me Over has just that; meals made to eat from a bowl! So, of course I had to select a couple of recipes from her blog. The fig salsa in this recipe has sweet figs and mango, green onions, and a bit of jalapeno. Jerk Chicken Bowl with California Fig Salsa takes you to Jamaica right from your kitchen.
Of course, I can’t have a roundup without adding a few of my own recipes! This Ham and Pea Fried Rice boasts lots of fresh ginger flavor, delicious ham, and sweet peas. It’s a quick meal that cooks up in a flash. The added bonus is that most of these ingredients are pantry or freezer staples. I always have leftover ham in the freezer. Of course, there’s always frozen peas for tuna casserole. And with ginger in a tube, you can always have fresh ginger on hand.
Another healthy rice bowl is Hawaiian Fried Rice. With lean ham, sweet pineapple, and some delicious vegetables all served over hearty rice this recipe is filling without all those take out calories. Stir fried rice recipes cook up quick and taste amazing. Not to mention the hundreds of variations. I could never get bored with a fried rice bowl.
The only way my parents could get me to eat broccoli is to cover it with cheese. As an adult, I just need a little cheese to get the same effect. With lean chicken and healthy broccoli, Cheesy Broccoli Chicken & Rice is a few favorite meal of mine. Packed with flavor and topped over brown rice, it’s a dish you could devour and not feel guilty.
So, either way you serve up your rice bowls, they’re a great way to start the year off right! With a few simple ingredients like lean protein, healthy vegetables, and grains like brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice, a healthy meal is just minutes away from the table.
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