Recipe: Harvest Rice Bowls

Harvest Rice Bowl MainSometimes all we need on hectic weeknights is a hearty bowl of goodness. Insert rice bowls, which bring together everything you love in one dish: grains, veggies, fruits and nuts. Layers of goodness all in one.

This is why we adore this Harvest Rice Bowls recipe brought to you by our friend Dr. Sonali Ruder, emergency medicine physician, chef, mom, cookbook author, and food blogger at The Foodie Physician. A completely customizable recipe with endless variations, this meal makes it easy to pile on the veggies. Start with a bowl of rice (or whatever your favorite grain is), and start piling on the amazing ingredients!

Full of healthy fall and winter-inspired ingredients, the kiddos will also have a blast mixing and matching to create the perfect bowl!


Makes 4 servings



Preheat oven to 425°F.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the onion. Cook 4-5 minutes until softened. Stir in the sprig of thyme and bay leaf and cook another minute until fragrant. Add the rice and cook, stirring to coat all of the grains with the oil. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the rice steam an additional 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Remove the sprig of thyme and bay leaf and stir the dried cranberries into the warm rice.

Meanwhile, toss the squash on a baking sheet with 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon thyme. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Toss the shaved Brussels sprouts on a second baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast until tender (10-12 minutes for the Brussels sprouts and 15-18 minutes for the squash). Remove from oven.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, squash, Brussels sprouts and pecans and stir to combine. Divide into bowls or if serving as a side dish, transfer to a serving platter.

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