Not quite fall but getting there and since cooler air has been rolling in, and the fact that I plan to share another wild rice bowl this week, I thought it was a great time to share these Wild Fall Rice Bowls.
As with many of my bowls, and recipes in general, I remind you while this is a recipe I always encourage you to use them as inspiration and adapt them to your personal taste and what you have on hand. If you really like apples, add more! If you don’t have shaved brussels sprouts you can use halves, and if you’re like me and love roasted brussels sprouts you can use those. I did the first time I attempted to photograph this bowl and it was just very dark, plus it was going to storm. So for a more visually appealing bowl I used steamed but both options are delicious. If you don’t like tofu you can omit that and add more veggies, butternut squash it a delicious addition, if you’re not dairy free cheddar or colby jack cheese, or obviously you can sub chicken but that’s not meatless so aren’t going with that because it’s Meatless Monday (hope you join Deborah and I for our weekly link up). Beyond Chicken Strips would be a good meat free option as well. However if you like cheese and or chicken I highly recommend you subscribe or come back later this week when I share a family favorite, especially with the kids, Wild Child Bowl. 😉
For my Wild Fall Rice Bowls I use a wild rice blend, crispy tofu, sweet crisp apples (we like Honeycrisp), shaved brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and top with Maple Tahini Dressing. The same dressing as some of my other bowls like these Sweet Potato Forbidden Rice Bowls. Very filling and full of flavor it’s great for lunch or dinner and great for meal prepping as you can make everything ahead, except the apples. You can cut the apples a little ahead and toss with lemon so they don’t brown if you want to make ahead and take for lunch. Delicious enjoyed warm or cold, I like both but prefer cold or everything cold except the rice and tofu if I’m making that last minute.
These bowls are really quick and easy but wild rice, even a blend, does take 45 minutes to cook but it’s so worth it!
Again you can make it ahead, which is what I’ve been trying to get better at. I’m REALLY BAD when it comes to meal prep, like terrible. It isn’t that I can’t set aside time to do it but more my moods and cravings change as does the family and if they don’t like something or eat it than my husband and I would be eating it for multiple meals in a row so it doesn’t go to waste.
I’m going to try really hard to get back to a version of meal prepping I use to do in hopes to make things run smoother with everyone home for the foreseeable future with distance learning and working from home. It will be really interesting with Baby G as he’s a handful right now climbing everything and has no fear. If you follow me on Instagram last week he broke a glass table we’ve had for almost 20 years! Almost 2 years, a move, and 2 out of 3 kids, I would have never thought he would have broke it. My plan is to make rice or other grains, sweet potatoes, roast up some veggies, chia pudding and/or overnight oats, and have the usual fruit and veggies cut up as much as possible. It won’t be for a week or set meals but there to make breakfast, lunches, and snacks easier. I will still have breakfast with G but my husband and the girls will likely eat earlier. We still aren’t sure if they will have the same lunch times, my husband usually grabs lunch between meetings or at his desk, and I try to eat lunch with G but if I’m going to workout while he takes a nap I try to have a light snack with him and lunch after I workout. Dinner we still pretty much eat together but with our oldest working she’s been gone at dinnertime. Our kitchen is busy all hours of the day and in a perfect world I would only make 3 meals or they would be recipe testers all day but 2020 is anything but perfect and I’m trying to get back to what we use to eat and not grabbing snacks all day long and more processed foods than I’d like to admit being in the house this year (things have been anything but normal this year so I’ve tried to be flexible and go with the flow), and me spending all hours of the day in the kitchen being a short order cook.
So bowls have been on repeat and coming back strong! Along with our love for smoothies and smoothie bowls, so watch for those. Oh and toast and overnight oats, all the simple (don’t worry they’re still delicious) things! Getting our snack stash built back up has also been a work in progress. There are just only so many hours in the day and most of them are spent chasing a wild toddler around.
How are things where you are? I know many kids are back to school or will be heading back this week, or in the coming weeks if things were pushed out like they were here. Are there recipes you’re looking for right now to make life easier?
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