I am really into bulk cooking – where I cook a large amount of some staple foods and eat them in different meals throughout the week. I usually try to make a batch of black beans in the pressure cooker and make a batch of brown rice. I think I make them so much because I really loved eating beans and rice every day when I lived in Brazil – so we seem to have them a lot at my house. I just add vegetables, herbs and a dressing to the bean bowl making this a really easy and delicious meal.
You can add any vegetables you want but I have found my favorite combos include bell peppers, corn, cilantro, avocado, limes and tomatoes. You could add green onions but my family doesn’t like them so I leave them out. Also, you can used canned beans but I prefer making them fresh. You can find the recipe for my black beans here.
One of my favorite dressings is the avocado lime dressing I have featured in this recipe. I use it for my bean bowls but it also is really great on leafy green salads.
BLACK BEAN NOURISH BOWL
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 3/4 cup cooked black beans (recipe here)
- 1/4 cup diced bell peppers (raw or cooked)
- 1/4 cup corn
- 1/4 cup pico de gallo or homemade salsa
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup lightly packed spinach or baby greens, chopped
- diced avocado
- whole grain tortilla chips
- 1 ripe avocado
- juice from 1 lime
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried, minced onions
- 1/3 cup almond milk
For the dressing: Add avocado flesh, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, onions and almond milk into a food processor. Mix until ingredients are fully incorporated making a runny dressing. If you don’t have a food processor you can do it in a blender or mix it by hand making sure everything is mixed and smooth.
For the bowl. Cook beans and rice ahead of time. Finely chop cilantro. Roughly chop spinach or baby greans. Assemble the bowl: In a bowl, add rice, beans, bell peppers, corn, baby greens and pico de gallo. Drizzle dressing over and mix well. I like to add diced avocado and crumbled whole grain tortilla chips to the top of my bowl too.