Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl brings together a healthy and satisfying vegan meal. Rice, beans, avocados and vegetables all topped with a tasty...
When I learned that animal food production plays a significant role in climate change I was totally on board to swap out a couple of meat-based dinners each week with plant-based vegan dishes. I want to do my part to help heal the planet, but things like, say, biking to do errands aren't realistic in my sprawling, sidewalk-free town. The idea of swapping out animal foods for plant foods a few times a week felt easy and completely workable for my lifestyle.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't feeling the pressure though: If I was going to go vegan, I'd be challenged to throw out basically every single one of the obvious ingredients for adding richness and flavor (goodbye to all of my old standbys: sour cream, butter, cheese of any variety, eggs, mayo, even yogurt). When I thought about it, animal foods are so prevalent in the popular Western diet, I had to wonder if it was even possible to transform vegan ingredients into comfort food.
The answer I've discovered as I've embarked on my latest kitchen challenge: yes it's absolutely possible, no question about it.
This cilantro lime rice bowl with avocado is one of my new favorites.
It combines flavored rice, hearty black beans, sweet corn (use fresh-from-the-cob if you have it or frozen to save time), and a slightly spicy, fresh tomato salsa (use about half of a jalapeño for a mildly spicy salsa).
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