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Thursday, February 27, 2020

A Bowl For Everyone

One of my family's favorites that is also very customizable...always a winner! Plus it's great for get togethers because everyone can make it "their" way and you can even add a meat, gasp!, for your non plant-based friends. But I prefer to make vegan "chorizo" and let them unwillingly eat plant-based for the night. :) Shh.....

Everyone's Happy Mexican Bowls

Courtesy again of wonderful Faithful Plateful...https://faithfulplateful.com/chipotle-bowls/

This recipe can be prep-intense, so take your time and maybe get your limes squeezed, jalapeño and cilantro chopped prior to starting.

Ingredients
Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice (I tend to get brown basmati)
  • cups water
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Black Beans
  • 2 cans black beans (or 3 cups, cooked)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic powder)
Corn Salsa
  • 4 ears corn on the cob or one bag of frozen cooked just under done and then chilled
  • 1/2 large jalepeno (or as much as you would like, take seeds out for less heat)
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • tsp salt
Guacamole and Salsa and/or any other "taco" toppings you like; there are some great Vegan Queso recipes (I will post at some point)

Instructions
1. I start things off by getting my rice going, so place your 3 cups water and "rinsed" brown rice into a pot and start it boiling. Cook for the recommended time on the package, usually about 30 min.
2. While rice is cooking, start making your corn salsa. This one is easy. Just cut, squeeze, dump and stir the ingredients together. If your using corn on the cob, then you are shucking the corn off the cob into a bowl. I then like to place this in the fridge to marinate and cool until dinner.
3. Now is a great time to make your yummy guacamole ,if you want it, or you can just add avocados on the top, or skip all together if you're not a fan. 
4. Place cans of black beans in pot and add water, cumin, bay leaves, and garlic salt. Let this all simmer together while rice is cooking.
5.While rice continues to cook, place the rest of the rice ingredients in a small blender or magic bullet. So that's the lime juice, garlic, cilantro and salt. I de-stem my cilantro but you can do whatever you like. Blend all together until consistently mixed and all ingredients are smooth. Once rice is done then you simply add this to the rice and stir.
6. Next set out all your toppings! I like to use guacamole, salsa, vegan queso, hot sauce, chopped greens, crushed tortilla and whatever else I can find that needs used :)
7. Now put in your rice and beans and all your toppings! It's time to eat :)



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