Pulling out an oldie but goodie from the archives today because things didn’t go as planned. Since I couldn’t pull an all nighter I’m not able to get up a muffin or pancake recipe I had planned. Since this week is full of food “holidays” and this Sweet Potato Forbidden Rice Bowl was on my mind last week I figured I’d share it again since it was over 2 years ago I shared it but it’s still a delicious bowl.
For those of you looking for inspiration for the week here are the food holidays for the week:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is National Chocolate Mint Day.
Wednesday is National Muffin Day.
Thursday is National Pancake Day, I’ll definitely be celebrating this one.
Friday is National Cook A Sweet Potato Day, perfect day to enjoy this bowl or I think I’ll be making a stuffed sweet potato.
Saturday is National Banana Bread Day, another one I’m excited for! I just made more banana bread, have almost a dozen loaves in the freezer prepped for when baby boy arrives, and have 2 more delicious recipes coming your way soon!
I have some really good recipes made, tested and photographed but getting them typed up and on the blog has been the challenge. Hoping baby boy stays put at least another 2 weeks and I can get them all completed and scheduled.
Thank you for joining Deborah and me for another hopefully inspiring Meatless Monday! Today I have a delicious nutrition packed Sweet Potato Forbidden Rice Bowl you will love!
After scrolling through pictures and trying to decide what to post for the Meatless Monday link-up today this one jumped out at me, so much so it was scary! With the bright orange sweet potatoes, forbidden black rice, kale, red Craisins it just had that Halloween look and it screams deliciousness! I could literally eat this bowl daily lately with all the delicious flavors and textures. If you haven’t had Forbidden, or black rice, before it’s a slightly nuttier rice than white or brown rice but not as earthy and hearty as wild rice and a softer texture. It’s called black rice but when cooked can range from a dark purple hue to black. It use to be called longevity rice as it’s been said to ensure good health and long life. It’s a much healthier rice than other rice varieties packing higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. According to Chinese herbal medicine it’s considered to be a blood tonifier, perfect for tonight with all the vampires out! Haha!
In this bowl I pair some of my other fall favorites, roasted sweet potatoes and kale. Two delicious healthy nutrient packed foods that are great in power or Buddha bowls, or anything really. With my love for cranberries still going strong had to add some Craisins, and for texture I went with crumbled dried apple chips instead of fresh apples in this one but you can swap those out for two chopped apples if desired. Than…. the icing, oh wait I mean dressing I just forgot because it’s so sweet (not literally), on top the Maple Tahini Dressing drizzled on top! Trust me this bowl is far from boring and will have your taste buds and body dancing from all the flavors, textures, and nutrition packed into it!
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or boring. If you’re like us and have busy nights packed with activities bowls like these are easy to throw together. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook the rice and sweet potatoes and only a couple minutes to throw the bowls together. You can also make the rice and sweet potatoes ahead of time and have dinner ready when you need it in less than 10 minutes. Take bowls like this on the go and reheat or they are even delicious cold, I love cold roasted veggies. When life get busy and crazy that is when we need healthy whole food nutrition the most, to keep our bodies running at their best!
Aside from just looking like a perfect bowl for Halloween it’s easy to throw together before getting ready for the Halloween festivities. Whatever you have planned tonight it will fill you up, not leaving you hungry and craving all the candy, and fuel your night full of fun.
Of course this bowl is perfect for any night of the week not just Meatless Monday or Halloween. As I said it’s easy to throw together so you can even batch cook or cook the rice and sweet potatoes ahead of time to throw together for a quick dinner any night of the week!
|Prep Time||20 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled chopped into chunks
- 1 c Forbidden rice, black rice (Whole Foods, also sold at Target)
- 2-3 large handfuls of kale, large stems removed and chopped, 5-6oz
- 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 c dried apple chips (Bare Simple Cinnamon Crunchy Apple Chips)
- 1/2 c dried cranberries, optional
- sea salt and pepper
- 1/4 c tahini
- 1-2 TBSP pure maple syrup (I use 1 but add more if desired it’s all personal taste)
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 3 TBSP water
Sweet Potato Forbidden Rice Bowls
Maple Tahini Dressing:
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil, spray with coconut oil or non stick spray, and set aside.
- Start rice and cook per package instructions. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into about 1″ chunks, I cut 3/4-1″ slices and than cut those in quarters.
- Arrange sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheet and spray with a little coconut oil and bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.
- In a large bowl massage kale with evoo/avocado oil, just drizzle the oil over the kale and rub it in and toss with the kale. This will make the kale softer.
- Season kale with sea salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl or jar mix together dressing ingredients until smooth. If making the dressing ahead of time store in the refrigerator, just note it will get a little thicker while in the refrigerator.
- Assemble bowls placing kale in the bottom and top with rice, sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, drizzle with Maple Tahini Dressing, and sprinkle with crumbled apple chips.
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Seriously..all my favorite foods. I could live on rice bowls forever. Thanks for hosting!
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What a festive Halloween dish! Looks delicious!
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Thank you Annmarie! Never planned on it being for Halloween but when I was going through photos knew it was perfect.
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
So much fall goodness in there!! Happy meatless Monday
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This looks like a big bowl of autumn-y goodness! Beautiful!
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AZ@…And A Dash of Cinnamon
This looks great! You really are all about the cranberries this year haha
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Thank you! Haha yes even sneaking in Craisins where every I can but that’s nothing new with salads and Buddha bowls this time of year!
Maria @ Buena Vida
Oh, this looks so good that I am going to try it! These are all of my flavors combined into one.
Thank you, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Sarah @Bucket List Tummy
Everything about this bowl looks delicious and I love that maple tahini dressing. I want to put it on everything!
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Chrissa – Physical Kitchness
LOVE maple tahini dressing with sweet potatoes! This bowl looks seriously perfect for week-day lunches!
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Aren’t they so good and I’m craving both like crazy right now! Thank you!
LOVE this super healthy meal option! And that maple tahini dressing sounds unreal!
Laura recently posted…Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
Me too, it’s so good you havve to try it!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus
This sounds absolutely delicious! Perfect for fall.
Thank you Nicole!
I looove sweet potatoes and rice together! I have never tried forbidden rice though- it sounds amazing!!
Kerri McGrail recently posted…Country Sole Half Marathon Race Recap
I don’t have them together too often but they are so delicious!
I haven’t had a forbidden rice bowl in SO long! Thanks for adding something to my list of things to make this month!
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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do Carmy!
Thanks. I learned something new for sure. I’ve never heard of forbidden rice. Thanks for the education. Curious why it’s called forbidden when it’s so good for you. 🙂
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Hmm good question, I guess I never thought about that! I should ask my oldest daughter, the rice lover and expert! 😉
GiselleR @ ExSloth.com
You had me at sweet potato! I love grain bowls so I’ll definitely try this one out as soon as I get my hands on some forbidden rice.
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This looks absolutetly delicious!!
This is pretty much the perfect lunch for me!! Looks AMAZING!!
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Thank you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do if you make it!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
This has all my favorites in one yummy bowl. I bet this tastes amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for hosting too!
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Thank you, hope you enjoy it!
Oh em eff gee. *-* I’m so hungry now! I love the sound of that tahini dressing too–I just so happen to have all the ingredients I need to make it! <3!
Sounds like a sign… you must make it! 😉
This sounds wonderful! I love the combo of flavors…Pinned 🙂
yessss I adore this flavor combo!!! I will also do sweet potato, tahini, shredded broccoli and some turkey. No idea why, but love the sweet with the tahini
Oh I bet the broccoli would be a great addition, I’ll have to try that next time!
Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run
Another amazing Fall salad!! I am loving Fall-flavored salads right now! I am adding this one to my list to make 🙂
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Thank you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
If I could add just a couple spoons of stuffing to that bowl, it would be my perfect Thanksgiving bowl!
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Oh bet that would be good with the right stuffing! I’m not a huge stuffing fan but I’ve seen some recently I bet I would love and can’t wait to try!
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I like sweet potato more than I like pumpkin. It’s true. I love love forbidden rice. It’s been way too long since I’ve eaten it.
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Well I’ll let you in on a little secret… this year I’m not feeling pumpkin too much but loving sweet potatoes, squash, and cranberries more than ever! Gasp, I know because I usually LOVE pumpkin. Shh!
This looks amazing!
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Heather @ FITaspire
Yum – this looks amazing!! I love sweet potatoes & forbidden rice, although I would probably throw in some tempeh or tofu for an added protein kick. 🙂
Thank you! I would love to add tofu to this… but sadly I’m suppose to avoid soy. I still have it on the rare occasion, every so often trying to add it back in limited quantities, so I might have to make it with this next time!
This looks so delicious! Perfect fall dinner!
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Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
This is such a beautiful fall bowl! And that dressing sounds amazing!
Thank you, the dressing is pretty life changing and good on so many things!
Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog
These rice bowls sound so good! I love that you used forbidden rice here – it’s definitely an under-appreciated yet crazy delicious grain that I need more of in my life. That dressing too!!
Thank you! Yes I need to make it more often too in our rice rotation. My oldest LOVES rice and youngest not so much. The dressing is so good on so many things!
Apple chips in a rice bowl? That’s genius Sarah! It must add such amazing taste and texture.
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Yes! Thank you Alisa! Wasn’t feeling fresh apples and thought it was perfect for flavor and texture.
These look delicious, perfect for Halloween! I have never had forbidden rice before, I can’t wait to try
Thank you, great for any night of the week. You will have to try forbidden rice. You can find it at Trader Joe’s and almost every grocery store, including the bulk bins at Whole Foods if you just wanted enough to make 1 batch to try.
Thanks for hosting dear. love the preparation of sweet potato.
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Patty @ Reach Your Peak
I’m seeing so many delicious sweet potato recipes that I need to try! Clearly I’ve been doing it all wrong because I just always bake a sweet potato and eat it on the side with dinner lol
There is no wrong way to enjoy a sweet potato! I love sweet and savory sweet potatoes any time from breakfast to dinner! Yes there are so many ways to enjoy them though.
Oh you’re maple tahini dressing sounds really good! I love all things maple (must be the Canadian in me). This bowl sounds great! I’m always into quick easy bowls for good week night dinners. I love forbidden rice!!! One of my favs. Every time we run out of rice, I go to the Whole Foods bulk bin and try a new rice =)
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Sweet potato and kale is one of my go to and favorite combos always. Thanks for the heads up on those important food holidays
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Oh my – the family will just LOVE THIS! We’re all about the bowls recently – thanks for the recipe!