Vegetarian Forbidden Rice Bowl

This rice bowl is as simple as it gets. But don’t let the word simple fool you! This recipe has been dad tested. My dad is a harsh critic and most people in my family wouldn’t jump at the idea of eating food that I’ve prepared. Not because I don’t know how to cook, but because I’m the health nut of the family. They automatically expect the food that I prepare to be bland and devoid of any real umami. Well, this rice bowl is anything but bland. The fragrant and flavorful ingredients provide a robust flavor and the high fiber and fat content makes it very filling. You won’t miss the meat.

rice bowl with vegetables



(Serves 2 – 4 People)

  • 2 cups of forbidden rice
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • Half a Red Cabbage Chopped
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you are a vegan)
  • 2 avocados sliced

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Cooking Instructions:

In a pot bring chicken broth to simmer. Pour in forbidden rice and cover with a lid. Cook rice for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender. In a large skillet, heat cooking oil of choice until it runs smooth. Cook onions until translucent. Add in bell peppers, cabbage and a few dashes of sea salt. Cover and cook until tender.

Serve in a bowl with a serving of stir-fried vegetables on top. Add a few slices of avocado and your favorite sauce of choice. I’m currently loving the Curry Habenero Creamy Hot Sauce from Blue Top Brand. It’s slightly sweet with a spicy kick. It’s great on tacos too!

rice bowl with vegetables

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*Cooking Tips

Never underestimate the power of chicken broth or vegetable stock. It’s an easy way to add flavor to grains. Boil your quinoa, rice, and lentils in a flavored stock, you won’t regret it! Also, never underestimate the flavor component of a good onion. They are so fragrant and can really transform a dish. When my dad tasted this recipe, he was shocked that so much flavor came from so few ingredients.

This meal is perfect to add to your healthy meals repertoire. Simple plates are designed to be short on prep time and long on flavor and health benefits. Be sure to check out my YouTube series, the first four weeks for more healthy living tips and tricks!