I call this a no-brainer bowl because it literally is the easiest thing to make, hardy, delicious, and quick.
When I’m standing in the pantry or staring at my fridge, if I can find 2 ingredients, I can pretty much make a great dinner. Canon even pulls these together for us some nights without asking for my input (which I love).
Staples we always have on hand – brown rice (or quinoa or lentils – or any combination of the 3), tomatoes, salsa, red onion, black beans…. usually an avocado or 2, mushrooms, random veggies and maybe some frozen faux meat.
I usually toss in a little chili lime seasoning to the cooked rice to give it a little extra flavor. Mushrooms or faux meat add something warm to make the belly happy, and then delicious, cool, crispy tomatoes and vegetables round out the bowls. This is also a great idea to use up anything left over in your fridge before it goes bad.
Sad to say (or happy?) we eat these bowls at least twice a week. The flavors are so interchangeable and the ease of it just makes sense for 2 people who work full time – also, we haven’t really had time to figure out a ton of new recipes as recent vegetarians.
If you have a favorite, quick recipe – let me know!