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Superfood rice bowls

By Sari Huhtala

Rice bowls are the easiest dinner idea ever, and can be tailored to your own taste buds, and even those of finicky family members. They can also be prepared in advance and will keep in the fridge for a few days, making yummy leftovers for lazier days when you just don’t feel like cooking.

What’s more, by adding toppings of your choice, they become nutritional powerhouses.

Rice bowls

Prepare rice according to package. Organic brown basmati rice is my favourite.

Dressing:

Lemon tahini dressing

½ cup of olive oil

½ cup of lemon juice (I keep a bottle of organic lemon juice in the fridge for easy access)

2 tbsp raw tahini

2 cloves of garlic (or more if you prefer a more garlicky flavour)

½ tsp Himalayan salt

2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Or

Italian dressing

½ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of white balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp of Italian seasoning

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional yeast

Adding nutritional yeast to foods is a great way to add nutrition to your meals. Nutritional yeast is high in B12 vitamins and is a complete protein, meaning it has all nine of the amino acids your body needs, but cannot produce on its own.

Aside from using it in dressings, try sprinkling it over mashed potatoes, into soups, baked vegetables and other foods.

Tahini

Tahini provides one of the best sources of calcium out there. It’s also high in B vitamins, and vitamin E, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s also a complete protein.

Rice bowls are particularly scrumptious when loaded with toppings, but you can let your family members choose their own toppings for their rice bowls.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Grated fresh carrots

Grated fresh beets

Hemp seeds

Sunflower seeds

Pumpkin seeds

Walnuts or almonds

Chickpeas toasted or fresh

Falafels

Avocado

Sprouts

Fresh peas

Lettuce greens