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Friday November 17, 2023


Summery Delight: Mango Black Bean Ginger Rice Bowl

Escape into the vibrant flavors of summer with this refreshing Mango Black Bean Ginger Rice Bowl. A medley of crisp vegetables, sweet mango, protein-packed black beans, and a zesty tamari-lime vinaigrette come together in a delightful bowl that’s perfect for light and wholesome summer dining. Let’s dive into the culinary journey of creating this nourishing and flavorful rice bowl!


For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons tamari (plus more for serving)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha (plus more for serving)

For the Rice Bowl:

  • 2 handfuls snap peas, strings removed
  • 1 to 2 cups cooked short-grain white rice*
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 small carrot, sliced into very thin coins
  • ½ English cucumber, thinly sliced into coins
  • 1 small ripe Ataulfo mango, diced
  • ½ cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons pickled ginger
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • ¼ cup toasted peanuts, optional
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds, optional
  • ¼ to ½ avocado, optional


1. Prepare the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together tamari, rice vinegar, lime juice, minced garlic, cane sugar, and sriracha. Set aside.

2. Blanch the Snap Peas:

  • Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Place a bowl of ice water nearby.
  • Blanch snap peas in the boiling water for 1.5 minutes, then transfer them to the ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Once cooled, drain, pat dry, and chop.

3. Assemble the Rice Bowls:

  • Arrange cooked rice, shredded green cabbage, sliced carrot, cucumber coins, diced mango, black beans, pickled ginger, and fresh basil in serving bowls.
  • Top with blanched snap peas, toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, and avocado if using.

4. Drizzle with Dressing:

  • Drizzle the rice bowls with half of the prepared dressing.
  • Serve the remaining dressing on the side along with extra tamari and sriracha if desired.


  • Adjust the quantity of rice based on personal preference.
  • Optional: Customize the bowl with additional toppings like avocado, sesame seeds, or toasted peanuts.

Meal Prep Tip:

  • To prepare for the next recipes in this week’s meal plan, make double the amount of rice and save the remaining green cabbage, cucumber, mangoes, and black beans.

Culinary Inspiration:

  • Experiment with different rice varieties or try a healthier base like brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

Savor the Season:

Celebrate the vibrant flavors of summer with this Mango Black Bean Ginger Rice Bowl—a delightful combination of textures and tastes that embodies the essence of the season. Whether enjoyed as a light dinner or a refreshing lunch, this bowl promises a symphony of summer on your plate. Enjoy the culinary journey!