Mexican Rice Rainbow Bowls
Vegetarian Mexican rice bowls are a colorful and fun way to mix up Taco Tuesday or any day!
One of my favorite meals right now is the ever colorful Rainbow Bowl/Nourish Bowl/Buddha Bowl. They can be sweet or savory. Sometimes I make a thick smoothie base and top it with pretty lines of seeds, nuts, granola, and fruit for a nutritious and colorful breakfast or snack. Other times, like here, I use a base of greens, quinoa, or rice and top with a rainbow of ingredients. This recipe is ridiculously easy. In fact it’s really not a recipe at all. Let’s call it rainbow bowl inspiration.
To make our vegetarian Mexican rice bowls, we start with a base of Mexican rice and black beans. As Spanish and Mexican rice if often not vegetarian since it’s made with chicken stock, I have a vegetarian Mexican rice recipe for you here.
You can use canned black beans or cook them from scratch. I use canned when I’m making a last minute meal, but I always choose to cook dried beans from scratch whenever possible. I used to cook my dried beans in the slow cooker, but now I usually use the Instant Pot, which is so quick and easy.
As a vegetarian, beans and rice are a staple in my house. Taco/burrito nights are just as much a staple, as it’s one dinner my kids are guaranteed to gobble up without any complaints. I love bowl meal dinner nights because I set all the ingredients out and let the kids make their own rice bowls. When they are a part of making their own meals, even if it’s just adding some guacamole, I find they are much more likely to enjoy it. Mexican rice rainbow bowls are also a great “clean out the fridge” meal. You can top them with anything you would like. Grilled or roasted vegetables would be a wonderful addition during colder months. My personal favorite Mexican Rice Bowl toppings are guacamole, salsa, and shredded lettuce. What are yours?
- vegetarian Mexican rice (Quick tip- you can get it pre-made at the Whole Foods hot bar in a pinch)
- 15 oz. Black or pinto beans heated with a few pinches of taco seasoning
- guacamole or sliced avocado with a pinch of salt
- sliced bell peppers
- slice jalapeno
- diced tomato
- sliced romaine lettuce
- chopped cilantro or sliced green onion
- hot sauce
- grilled vegetables
- Add rice to a individual bowls. Add seasoned beans. Arrange your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g