Autumn Inspired Black Rice Power Bowl

Plant based foods have become a popular addition to my weekly meals. With #meatlessmonday posts circulating the internet, I wanted to give it a try and incorporate plant based foods into my diet more and more throughout the week. So for this month's Recipe Redux, "Packed with protein, fiber and color, plant power bowls are trendy and delicious. Show us the healthy recipe that’s in your bowl," I wanted to find new ingredients that I have never tried and/or thought went with the beautiful colors of autumn and create a plant based power bowl!

Black rice was one ingredient I have heard about but never got around to trying. I thought black rice would be a creative yet simple ingredient to start my plant power bowl PLUS it's high in fiber!

I also added other fabulous and #healthy ingredients like chickpeas (protein), pears (fiber and vitamin C), avocado (the healthy fats!), jicama (potassium and vitamin C), pumpkin seeds (protein and fiber) and dried apricots (antioxidants and flavor!). YUM.

The combinations are endless when it comes to a plant power bowl!

What's your favorite plant based food?

Autumn Inspired Black Rice Bowl

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black rice, cooked*
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup jicama, diced
  • 4 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds

For dressing (optional):

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Follow directions on package to cook black rice.
  2. With cooked black rice, put 1/2 cup in two separate bowls. Top each bowl with 1/2 of an avocado, 1/2 a pear, 1/4 cup chickpeas, 3 apricots, 1/4 cup jicama and 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds. (Enjoy immediately or try with this dressing recipe below!)
  3. To prepare the dressing (optional): whisk lemon juice, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl. Whisking constantly, add olive oil slowly. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Evenly drizzle dressing over black rice bowl and enjoy immediately!

*Note: For a richer flavor, cook rice with vegetable broth instead of water*