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Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl

Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe

This Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl is packed with flavor – with lime rice, cumin black beans, and spicy chipotle cauliflower!

This post was created in collaboration with US Grown Rice and TheFeedfeed.


When I first started cooking plant-based meals, I thought that I’d be stuck eating pasta with marinara sauce and iceberg lettuce salads for the rest of my life. I had never seen kale anywhere else but Whole Foods, and I thought quinoa was something having to do with yoga (seriously lol). And I think this is a common theme with people who have grown up eating the Standard American Diet – feeling overwhelmed by the very thought of forgoing meat, dairy, and eggs. But it’s actually through vegan cooking that I learned about herbs, spices, and flavors!

Before going plant-based, my vegetarian meals were very basic and one-note. I had never even heard of paprika, and my idea of spice was store-bought Italian seasoning. And let me go on the record saying that there is nothing wrong with store-bought Italian seasoning!! But there are near infinite ways to combine herbs and spices, and there’s no better medium for this than plant-based food.

This spicy vegan burrito bowl is exactly the type of food I like to eat – plant-based, healthy, and packed with flavor. While this isn’t a “throw together in 5 minutes” type of meal, I promise the end result is worth the cooking time. We’re talking lime rice, chipotle cauliflower, cumin black beans, and spicy avocado sauce. Add on some kale, green onions, and hot sauce, and you’ve got one killer meal!

For this recipe I used long-grain brown rice grown in the United States. I was so thrilled to be invited to participate in this campaign with US Grown Rice and The Feedfeed because rice is such a huge staple in my kitchen, and I love supporting American-made (or grown, in this case!) products. Rice is perfect for anyone looking to eat plant-based because it is cheap, healthy, easy to cook, and super nutritious too. And I love using brown rice because it is full of fiber, vitamins, and protein.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe

Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl

This spicy vegan burrito bowl is packed with plant-based flavor - with chipotle cauliflower, lime rice, cumin black beans, and spicy avocado sauce!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Chipotle Cauliflower

  • 1 Medium Head Cauliflower
  • Drizzle Neutral Oil like avocado
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Cayenne optional

Lime Rice

  • 1 Cup Long-Grain US Grown Brown Rice uncooked
  • Zest from 1 Lime
  • Juice from 1/2 Lime
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt

Cumin Black Beans

  • 2 15 oz Cans Black Beans
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Jalapeño
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste

The Rest of the Bowls

  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Hot Sauce
  • Baby Kale or Spinach
  • Chopped Jalapeño optional

Instructions

Chipotle Cauliflower

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Break down your cauliflower into bite-sized florets (see photos for reference). 

  3. Toss cauliflower with the oil and spices until evenly coated.

  4. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake cauliflower in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway.

Lime Rice

  1. Add your US Grown long-grain brown rice to a pot with water. (Use as much water as the package directs - different varieties will call for different amounts).

  2. Cook brown rice until all water is absorbed, and rice is al dente.

  3. When rice is done cooking, add in the lime juice, lime zest, and salt, stirring well. 

Cumin Black Beans

  1. Rinse and drain your cans of black beans. (If using homemade, make about 3 cups). 

  2. Add beans, salt, and spices to a small saucepot. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring, until hot and softened.

  3. Alternatively, you can use plain black beans or chickpeas in this recipe if you'd like.

Avocado Sauce

  1. Remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapeño (or keep them if you like extra spice!).

  2. Add all avocado sauce ingredients to a blender, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. 

Putting It All Together

  1. Assemble your bowls. Add on a layer of baby kale or spinach, if desired. Layer on the black beans and rice, then add on cauliflower. Drizzle everything with the avocado sauce, and top with chopped green onions and jalapeños (if you'd like). Add on some hot sauce or extra black pepper, if you'd like.

  2. Enjoy!

Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowl | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe

P.S.

If you make this spicy vegan burrito bowl and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess @choosingchia
    September 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

    These bowls look amazing Sarah! Thanks for sharing how to make the rice over on Instagram too, so delicious! And even though quinoa has nothing to do with yoga i always somehow manage to find little seeds of quinoa stuck in my yoga mat…so maybe they are related after all!:)

    • Reply
      Sarah
      September 27, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Haha!! I’ve never gotten quinoa seeds in my yoga mat; I always just seem to spill them in the cracks of my stove ;) But it’s so delicious so it’s worth it! :)

  • Reply
    Cindy
    October 3, 2018 at 3:44 am

    This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make it. How many servings is this?

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      I’d say this would serve 2-3 big burrito bowls! :)

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