Well hello hello…today’s post is brought to you by a mom (me) who sometimes doesn’t feel like cooking a whole lot and spending too much time in the kitchen. This Family Style Veggie Rice Bowl should be called the easiest meal on earth (lol). Say I’m cray busy and have tons of stuff to do like: work, house work, being a mom, after school activities, running errands, food shopping, and being a mom (wait did I say that already), the last thing I want to do is spend another two hours cooking. And I know I’m not the only one! As women we have so much going on and that’s great, but I totally get it. We want to sometimes have fast, quick, and easy.
And it’s not that we want to be lazy and slack on our kids health, no, that’s not it at all. We just want to make something, KNOW it’s healthy, and be able to sit down and have a nice meal with our kids without having to be completely and utterly exhausted.
I love family style anything. Put it all into one big bowl and let everyone have at it. It’s so so easy to make, I cannot emphasize that enough. I think the most work you’ll have to do is rinse the rice and wait for that and the roasted veggies to cook. Keep in mind these are the veggies I had on hand, you can use any vegetables you’d like, the more the better. In this specific Family Style Veggie Rice Bowl I added butternut squash, onions, garlic, and a blend of mixed asian veggies I purchase at Trader Joe’s (found in the frozen section).
You can buy butternut squash already cubed too if you don’t want to cut it up yourself. Squash like this and even spaghetti squash can be a pain to cut and cubed but doable. I put this, onion and garlic all on a baking sheet, drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil, some salt/pepper, and cook on 400F for 25 minutes. Easy freakin’ peasy.
The frozen bag of veggies I used requires a 5 minute cook time on a pan over medium heat. I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan and let it cook all together. You can use other oils that you personally prefer. I like coconut oil because when it gets hot it doesn’t cause any harmful chemicals. Plus it tastes great and has a lot of healthy benefits. For example, it converts the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols which promote heart health and immune function. It’s also great for your gums, teeth (bones), hair, skin, and nails among other things.
The rice is easy to make. Prepare whatever rice you have on hand or regularly use according to package instructions. I usually have rice already made from previous meals and I don’t really like food going to waste although I know it happens, even with me. Anyway, with a meal like this you can store the leftovers in the fridge and send your kids off to school with lunch the next day. Pair this with pita chips, turn it into a burrito, wrap, what have you, you can get creative!
Here’s a quick video on how I threw this together.
I also used the soy sauce that came in the bag of mixed veggies. Feel free to use any sauce you’re in the mood for. I like sweet and sour, tamari, or braggs liquid amino for things like this. Or you can do a dressing like a vegan ranch, or add vegan sour cream. Basically anything will work.
Put this veggie bowl in the middle of your table and let everyone help themselves. It’s easy, healthy, and you’ll have a quick clean up at the end of dinner, which leaves more time for Mom to spend with the hubs and kiddos and (try to) relax.