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.
- 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!