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Lunchtime Smashers: Peanut Mandarin Rice Bowl

Lunchtime Smashers: Peanut Mandarin Rice Bowl

This is one of my favorite fast ideas for lunchtime. A “smasher bowl.” The idea is simple. You grab some pre-made ingredients (which is why this is so fast + easy) and toss them in a bowl. Then you grab a fork and start smashing in the flavor – meshing the ingredients together. You can quickly infuse some serious yum-appeal into a wide variety of healthy go-to ingredients – and be feasting in minutes! Fast, delicious and healthy. Plus you can get as creative with ingredients as you’d like. Here is a starter smasher recipe for my Peanut Mandarin Rice Bowl! Get smashing.

kathypatalsky

vegan, serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice (chilled)
  • 1 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cooked shelled edamame (chilled)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup kale leaves, shredded
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • optional: handful of rice crisps, crushed or whole

Directions:

1. Cook / heat the rice and edamame ahead of time and store in the fridge.

2. Pull your ingredients and add to a medium sized serving bowl.

3. Start smashing! Grab your fork and toss the ingredients well letting the vinegar and mandarins soften the kale and smooth out the peanut butter into a sauce like texture. Keep folding and smashing until the kale is marinated in sauce as well as the rice and beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can fold in some rice crackers to absorb any excess liquid. Or eat them alongside your bowl.

Enjoy! You can serve this bowl chilled or heat to serve warm.

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