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Vegetarian Rice Bowl with Chickpeas, Tomato, and Okra

 

Your answer for a quick, healthy meal: a vegetarian rice bowl! Throw together a vegetarian power bowl with your toppings of choice. This vegetarian protein bowl is gluten free so is sure to work for anyone in your household.

 

Ready for a protein-packed meal that's ready in minutes? I bet you already have some of the ingredients for this vegetarian rice bowl in your kitchen! This vegetarian power meal is filled with satiating fiber, too.

  

I'm lucky that I have the luxury of working from home. But whereas I used to run out during lunchtime to grab a salad when I worked in an office, I now cook my lunches in my own kitchen. So that means I need fueling recipes that will be ready in minutes. Enter this vegetarian protein bowl!

 

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This vegetarian power bowl meal is such a quick, easy meal that's packed with protein. Each serving of this vegetable bowl recipe is packed with 13 grams of filling protein and 7 grams of satiating fiber, as well as a cup of veggies!

 

When I created this vegetarian rice bowl recipe, I had a cheesy rice mix in my pantrybut you can use any type of rice. Go for brown rice, wild rice, or even pink rice! In fact, you can use this recipe as a base and mix up any of the ingredients. Try pinto beans or white beans instead of chickpeasor even jarred lupini beans. Then swap the okra for broccoli or green beans. 

 

If you don't work from home like I do, you can whip up a batch of these vegetarian rice bowls in advance to use for lunches and dinners throughout the week!

 

A vegetarian rice bowl is your answer for simple meals! Throw together a vegetarian power bowl with veggies and toppings of your choice. This vegetarian protein bowl is also gluten free! #easyhealthy #ricebowl #vegetarianmeals #proteinfoods #easymeals

 

I love using pulses like chickpeas, beans, and lentils as an ingredient. They provide protein and fiber and are so filling. Here are some other recipes I think you'll love. They're just as filling and delicious as this veggie rice bowl recipe.

 

Ready to make this vegetarian rice bowl? I can't wait to hear what you think.

 

Helpful kitchen tools:

Ceramic bowls

Measuring spoons

Pepper grinder

Paring knife

 

Ingredients:

2 cups rice of your choice, cooked*

2 cups frozen cut okra, defrosted

1 15.5-ounce can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and heated

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

½ cup sliced black olives

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

*Recipe analyzed with white rice.

 

Directions:

Divide rice, okra, chickpeas, tomatoes, and black olives among four bowls. Top each bowl with feta cheese, and drizzle with olive oil. Season with black pepper. Makes 4 servings.

 

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 380 Fat: 11 g Sat fat: 3.5 g Pro: 13 g Carbs: 59 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 7 g Chol: 15 mg Sod: 560 mg

 

A vegetarian rice bowl is your answer for simple meals! Throw together a vegetarian power bowl with veggies and toppings of your choice. This vegetarian protein bowl is also gluten free! #easyhealthy #ricebowl #vegetarianmeals #proteinfoods #easymeals

 

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Amy Gorin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, media personality, and writer in the NYC area.