This brown rice bowl with five spice tempeh, garlicky greens, edamame hummus and pea shoots comes together in less than five minutes when the ingredients are prepped in advance.
This weekend, I taught two nutrition classes, both focused on making healthy eating easy with meal prep and planning. So naturally, I spent quite a bit of time praising my favorite quick meal – the grain bowl.
Have you hopped on the grain bowl train yet? I wrote an in depth post on it a few months ago, sharing my formula for a perfect grain bowl, but basically it’s a hearty salad with whole grains as it’s base. Endlessly adaptable, it’s a perfect way to use up random leftovers and vegetables hanging around the fridge. It’s filling, nutritious, portable, fun to eat…basically it’s perfect.
Free idea for any aspiring food bloggers: I think there should be an entire blog devoted to grain bowls. Will someone please do that? If you do, I promise to subscribe and share every post and also love you forever.
I’ve made a gazillion grain bowls (no exaggeration). Most aren’t exactly a recipe, but rather a bunch of random stuff piled on some grains. It’s always delicious, but not exactly blog worthy in the looks department. So when I made this picture perfect grain bowl last month, I knew I had to add it to the queue.
With all the ingredients precooked, this took just 5 minutes to throw together. And the prep was hardly intensive either. I cooked brown rice in the pressure cooker (2 minutes hands on time), sauteed baby bok choy and spinach (10 minutes, doing the dishes as it cooked), and baked tempeh (5 minutes hands on). Not too shabby.
A shout out to the star of this dish – the edamame hummus. Big thanks to Eat Well, Embrace Life for the special delivery. I was kind of skeptical, but it actually turned out to be my favorite flavor. If you can’t find edamame hummus, simply swap in avocado slices or a drizzle of sesame oil for healthy fat.
- 8 ounces tempeh
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb baby bok choy, sliced
- 6 ounce bag baby spinach
- 3 cups cooked and cooled brown rice
- ½ cup edamame hummus
- ½ cup fermented sauerkraut
- Pea shoots, microgreens or sprouts
- Chili oil, for serving
- Fermented soy sauce, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut tempeh into 16 slices widthwise. Place on a oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle with half the five spice powder, salt and pepper. Flip and season the other side. Spray with olive oil. Place in the oven and bake 15 minutes. Flip, then bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside and cool.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic, cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bok choy, saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
- Place ¾ cup brown rice in a bowl. Place 4 slices of tempeh, ¼th of the vegetables, 2 tablespoons of hummus, 2 tablespoons of sauerkraut, and a handful of pea shoots in piles over the brown rice.
- Drizzle with chili oil and soy sauce to serve.
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