Sep 20
2013

Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Black Beans, Avocado & Cilantro Dressing {Vegetarian & Gluten-Free}

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This easy vegetarian and gluten-free rice bowl recipe is elevated to “must make every week” status by the garlic-infused rice and light cilantro dressing.
Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Black Beans, Avocado & Cilantro Dressing | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

I like meals that reinforce my periodic laziness at dinnertime. When I don’t feel like making a meal that could actually be categorized as a recipe, I find myself throwing random fridge and pantry items into a bowl, hoping like heck that the combination will amaze my family rather than cause mutiny.

Of course, rice bowls are actual things. If you do a Google search, they’ll pop up all over the place…unlike “Soba Noodle Salsa Teriyaki Salmon Surprise”. Not that I’ve ever made that. But on a really busy night, it could happen.

I don’t think it’s a big leap to say that my family would prefer the recipe bowl.

Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Black Beans, Avocado & Cilantro Dressing | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

You can keep this one vegetarian and gluten-free, or you can add another type of lean protein. The last time I made this, I tossed in some spice-rubbed pork tenderloin left over from a previous meal. Really, you could add in almost any ingredient that goes well with cilantro dressing.

At the end of the day, this dish comes down to the garlic-infused rice and the light cilantro dressing. A winning combination, to be sure. In this recipe, I used white rice, but we typically gravitate towards fiber-rich brown rice. Quinoa would work well here, too.

For the recipe, head over to allParenting. I promise that this will become a go-to recipe for your family.

Other quick and healthy meals:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Chinese Noodle with Chicken, Bok Choy & Hoisin Sauce
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Roasted Vegetable Pita Sandwich
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Roasted Chili Orange Salmon
Iowa Girl Eats’ Apple Almond Quinoa with Maple Sausage

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan September 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

I LOVE rice bowls. The a a twice a week meal around here! These look awesome!

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2 Maria September 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

I could eat this every day!

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3 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

Love this for a quick weeknight meal!!

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4 Kathy - Panini Happy September 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

I just made something like this for the first time last week – my kids loved it! I made a lemony rice (was out of limes) and I added some ground turkey that I spiced with cumin, ancho chile, garlic, etc. The dressing idea sounds like a great one – I’ll try it!

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5 Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg September 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

I love the fresh flavors. I could eat this every day as well!

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6 Amy @Very Culinary September 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

I make something called a sushi slacker bowl that my kids love. Sometimes I’ll cook rice with the oil and herbs in it, but this dressing is smarter! I would devour this.

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7 Jess S. @ Floptimism September 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Great idea! This is the kind of meal that would just make me feel good, eating it — I love that!

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8 Mireya @ myhealthyeatinghabits September 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I agree! This is something I could have each week too. It’s a wonderful combo of color, texture and flavor.

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9 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

This is my kind of meal!!

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10 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

LOVE cilantro dressing in this yummy mexican rice bowl :)

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11 La Cuisine d'Helene September 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

That dressing with cilantro must be so good. I have to try.

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12 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

This DOES look easy! I love meals like this!

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13 maddiemalone September 27, 2013 at 3:17 am

This is something I could have each week too.

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14 Jeanette September 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I love the idea of one bowl meals – great way to clean out the fridge and get dinner on the table quick! Yours looks like something my kids would love!

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