Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls with Tahini Lemon Dressing

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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

[print_this]Forbidden Rice Spring Veggie Bowls – Gluten-free + Vegan
serves 4

  • 3 cups cooked organic black rice AKA forbidden rice
  • 2 to 4 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb cumin roasted sweet potatoes (recipe below)
  • 3 or 4 spring onions, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup steamed peas, fresh or frozen
  • Lemon Tahini Dressing (recipe below)
  • fresh cilantro

Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 lb small organic sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced to 1/4″ thick*
  • 3 tablespoons Terra Delyssa organic olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Tahini Lemon Dressing

  • 1/2 cup organic tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Prepare your rice by first rinsing the rice very well, rubbing it in your hands or you can also letting it soak first for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. For 3 cups of cooked rice, use 1 cup dried rice to 2 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer, cover and for 30 minutes, or cook according package instructions, if different. I used my Zojirushi Rice Cooker and it was a breeze.

While the rice is cooking, prepare the sweet potatoes, peas and dressing:

To roast the sweet potatoes, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Toss the thinly sliced sweet potatoes with the olive oil and remaining ingredients. Place in a single layer on a baking pan and roast for 20 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Tossing once or twice while they are cooking.

Steam your peas in a small pot in a steam basket, in a steamer, etc.

For the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl, jar or bottle and set aside.

Once the rice is cooked, divide it up evenly among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4 of the roasted sweet potatoes, the radishes, spring onions and the steamed peas. Top each bowl with a drizzle of the Tahini Lemon Dressing and some fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.


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


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10 Responses

  1. Baby June says:

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

  2. Brita says:

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

  3. Liz says:

    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.

    • tastyyummies says:

      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.

  4. rika@vm says:

    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!

    • tastyyummies says:

      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!

  5. jill conyers says:

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

    • tastyyummies says:

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

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