Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

To know me, is to know that I get weirdly obsessed with things. Currently I am obsessed with two things, first is my new spiralizer (yes you will see lots of recipes made with it very soon) and secondly, any and all meals that can be served in bowls! As you can imagine the cross-over on these two obsessions is quite high so one is perpetuating the other right now.

Today we are just talking about my love of any and all meals served in a bowl. I am not talking about your traditional soup or salads, though I still love both of those, I am talking more about creative, complete and hearty meals with everything you might possibly need or want, all served in one big bowl.

Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

To me, there is something just so comforting and so appealing about a meal in a bowl. Whether it be a Sprouted Quinoa with a Kale Almond Pesto Bowl, a 30-Minute Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry over rice, a Buddha Bowl with Garlic Turmeric Cashew Cream or just a big ‘ol salad with loads of gorgeous bits and bops from your pantry and fridge. Mostly I find these bowl meals to be an opportunity to cram as much seasonal goodness as I can into one dish and to arrange it in a beautiful color coordinated way that turns it into a work of art.

The other bonus of a bowl meal, is the organized and seemingly planned out way to eat up what you have on hand and to make it appear that it was done with great purpose. I have been known to do that a time or two around here.

 

Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

These bowls are not just gorgeous to look at, but they are full of so much amazing flavor and as usual here on TY, these bowls are of course, nutrient dense, to0! Black rice, AKA forbidden rice, is one of my favorite rices. Legend has it that Chinese Black Rice, got the name “Forbidden Rice” because it was so nutritionally beneficial that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.[1]  A new study actually shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries. Click here for more information. Forbidden rice has a really nice roasted nutty flavor and a really great chew to it and it makes the perfect base for this Spring inspired bowl. Topped with cumin roasted sweet potatoes and a few other naked spring veggies, this bowl is finished off perfectly ith the tangy and flavorful tahini lemon dressing (which by the way is my go to dressing for many things lately, including spiralized cucumbers).

What’s your favorite bowl meal?

Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

*Note:  you can also dice the sweet potatoes, they will just take longer to cook.

 

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Baby June May 22, 2014 at 7:27 am

I have never tried black rice before, but it looks amazing! So many interesting colors in that bowl, I must try it! 🙂

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2 tastyyummies May 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Baby June. Oooh you must try it. Sooo delicious and such a wonderful unique flavor.

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3 Brita May 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

this looks amazing! I’ve never tried black rice…I don’t think. I’m going to have to make this soon!

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4 tastyyummies May 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Oooh you will love it Brita, it has such an amazing flavor.

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5 Liz May 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

This recipe looks delicious! I was just wondering if I need to go to specialty store for the forbidden rice? They didn’t have it at my local super market or Trader Joes.

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6 tastyyummies May 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Liz, hmm they always have it at my local organic grocer, Lazy Acres, I bet they would have it at a Whole Foods or a higher end grocery store if you have one.

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7 rika@vm May 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Your forbidden rice bowl looks absolutely radiant, and that tahini lemon dressing is yum! I’ve tried forbidden rice before, plus you can make sushi to make them pretty! Did you know forbidden rice got its name because only the emperors in China were allowed to eat them? Bit weird, right? I love making the tahini-lemon dressing for any rice bowls and salads!

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8 tastyyummies May 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Thanks so much!! I agree tahini lemon dressing is pretty much the best thing ever, I put it on sooo much stuff!! I love the idea of black rice for sushi, it would be gorgeous! I know I read that about the Chinese Emperors, so crazy!

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9 jill conyers May 25, 2014 at 4:33 am

Yum! Pinning this to add to my weekly menu very soon! I’m obsessed with my spiralizer too. It’s made cooking an addiction!

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10 tastyyummies May 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for pinning Jill!! I agree about the spiralizer making cooking an obsession. I seriously cannot get enough.

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