Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl Recipe

Jennifer W. | The Scrumptious Pumpkin Updated

Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl brings together a healthy and satisfying vegan meal. Rice, beans, avocados and vegetables all topped with a tasty...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Organic Garlic & Herb Rice Package
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans, Drained and thoroughly rinsed
  • 2/3 cup Organic Frozen Sweet Corn
  • 1/3 cup Green Onions, Chopped, white and pale green parts
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 large Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1/2 jalapeños Jalapeño, Seeded and finely diced
  • 6 tablespoons Sunflower Oil, (Or substitute canola oil)
  • 3 Limes, Freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Honey, (or substitute agave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 ounces Tortilla Chips
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Prepare rice (either in microwave or on stovetop) according to package directions.
  2. Combine black beans and corn with a teaspoon of oil in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until heated through (or combine black beans and corn in a heat-safe bowl and warm in the microwave until heated through).
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa. Set aside 1 tablespoon green onion and 1 tablespoon cilantro.
  4. Using all of the remaining green onion and cilantro, stir and combine with the diced tomato and jalapeño.
  5. Next, prepare the cilantro-lime dressing. In a small mixing bowl, add the oil, juice from two limes, honey, ground cumin, and garlic powder. Add 1 tablespoon green onion and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Season thoroughly with salt and whisk until well combined.
  6. Peel the avocado, remove the pit, and thinly slice it. Pour the juice of the last remaining lime all over the avocado to keep it from browning.
  7. Arrange equal portions of rice, black beans and corn, and salsa in six serving bowls. Add 3-4 thin slices of avocado to each bowl. Drizzle cilantro-lime dressing all over everything.
  8. Top off each bowl with a few crushed tortilla chips. Serve.

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Author: Jennifer W.
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 160
Calories 330

% Daily Value*
31%
Total Fat 20g
8%
  Saturated Fat 2g
3%
Sodium 64mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g
8%
  Dietary Fiber 7g
  Sugars 4g
14%
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.