If you’ve been around my Instagram feed for a hot minute, you’ll know I am just a little bit addicted to putting together rice bowls. When it comes to quick, easy and tasty cooking, for me, rice bowls are where it’s at. After posting more pictures than I should probably admit of my super bowl creations, here’s a run down of my top 5 go-to rice bowls!
Found on my newest recipe website obsession; slimming eats, this was an easy one to knock together. The siracha chicken was so sticky and sweet and had a decent kick to it but could have easily handled more heat. And the secret to any good rice bowl? Cover it in spring onion greens and it looks like something you’ve ordered in a restaurant - or at least makes it more insta-worthy!
General Tso Chicken
Hat’s off to the Mr for this one, he found this double fried chicken recipe and was brave enough to give it a go. Last time I tried to fry anything in oil I ended up burning a hole in the kitchen rug! Using cornflower to bread the chicken gave it a really crunchy, tasty texture but the sweet and sticky orange sauce was just so damn tasty! Though the frying took a while, the sauce itself came together in less than 10 minutes, and was a perfect weekend alternative to a take-away!
5 Spice Pork, peanut sauce and spicy rice
Inspired by a take-away the week before, when I broke the original dish down I just knew I could recreate it myself at home! I marinated pork in chinese 5 spice and whipped up the easiest peanut sauce I could find on Pinterest. Chuck in some veggies et voila! A tip I learnt from the guys over at Brothers Green Eats was to flavour my rice! Before I put it on to boil I chucked in a few garlic cloves, ginger pieces and some crushed chili flakes and the flavour was just amazing - it really took this dish up a level! I’ve been known to just make up a batch of spicy rice and have it on it’s own.
Nothing says comfort food like a big steaming bowl of bipimbap, a popular Korean rice dish whose name translates simply to mixed rice, is my main go-to dish when I’ve got a ton of veg to use up in the fridge or I need a good ol’ foodie hug. White rice, sautéed veggies - and lots of them, a spicy gochujang (chili pepper paste) sauce and a perfectly fried egg on top - mix it all in, then dig in! Often served with meat, I love having this an all vegetarian option instead.
5 minute microwave wonder
Yeah, I need to get more creative with the title don’t I? This is my ‘I want rice and I want it now but I can’t be bothered cooking’ dish. Tilda microwave wild brown rice (because cooking brown rice in a pan literally takes years off my life!), a John West salmon teriyaki infusion pot and a handful of flash-fried mushrooms. Chuck on a few spring onions and you are more than good to go! This one is perfect if you’re running out to a post-work blog event or have literally nothing left in your cupboard bar the staples!
All of the above dishes take no time at all and warm up great the next day as work leftovers if you don’t manage to devour it all in one sitting. Anyone who says they have no time to cook have zero excuses here, all of the above take about as long as it takes to make the rice!