This breakfast rice bowl recipe is sponsored by Minute® Ready to Serve. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that breakfast is an important meal. I personally know a good breakfast can keep me going for hours, and I’ve trained my body to crave and enjoy a big breakfast every morning.
However, like most Americans, I used to start my day with a sugary cereal, and, like most Americans, cereal hardly filled me up and left me reaching for granola bars and sugary snacks until lunch rolled around. This all changed in recent years, however, as I became more knowledgeable about nutrition and what being well-balanced really looks like.
For me, eating a big, balanced breakfast each morning curbs my cravings and keeps me feeling full until lunch and beyond. I also know that sweet breakfasts, like cereals, pancakes and muffins, do little to keep me feeling full and only serve to temporarily spike my blood sugar. I now only eat savory breakfasts, loaded with vegetables, proteins and whole grains. I even wake up a few minutes early to give myself plenty of time to make and eat a warm breakfast every morning.
I was recently approached by Minute® Ready to Serve to help spread the word about its single-serve rice portions. I knew immediately what I wanted to do… I wanted to create a delicious, wholesome and savory breakfast rice bowl. I have created plenty of rice bowls for dinner, but now I had been equipped with these single servings of brown rice that could be cooked to perfection in 60 seconds in the microwave. Wow!
While I make rice often, it is quite the process to pull out my rice cooker and wait about 90 minutes for brown rice to cook from scratch. Who has that kind of time to wait for rice during the busy morning rush?!? In the morning, I’m busy walking the dog, getting the kids ready for school, packing school lunches and making a warm and filling breakfast for not only myself, but also for my two kids and husband. I have little time to fuss with rice, even though I love rice so much.
When I spent a semester abroad in Japan in college, I ate rice every morning for breakfast. For some reason, in America, rice for breakfast isn’t common at all. I hope to change all that! I believe rice makes a wonderful breakfast option for so many reasons.
For starters, Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice is gluten-free, making it a useful grain for those on a gluten-free diet.
Also, rice is filling. Brown rice is considered a whole grain and is a complex carbohydrate that slowly digests in your body. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar like white, refined grains found in most cereals and breads.
And finally, rice complements almost any dish. In fact, Minute Ready to Serve is like a beautiful canvas, ready to be topped with whatever delicious foods you desire.
To make my breakfast rice bowl recipe, I simply layered the Ready to Serve Brown Rice with foods I love and always keep in my pantry and fridge. For example, I love avocados, as they’re loaded with the good fats that my body needs to sustain energy and think clearly (and they taste pretty darn good too!). I always have avocados on hand.
I also keep eggs well stocked in my fridge. Everyone in my family loves eggs for breakfast. As a nutrition coach, I encourage my clients to eat eggs, too, as they are the most bioavailable source of protein on the planet!
And of course, I love flavor, so I’m always trying to concoct new fresh sauces – you can find different sauces in my fridge on any given day.
In order to make this particular breakfast Ready to Serve Brown Rice bowl, you’ll need to ready a few key ingredients.
How to Build a Breakfast Rice Bowl
To build your own breakfast rice bowl, the first ingredient we need to discuss is RICE, after all, rice is the canvas of the dish upon which we will build upon.
Minute has made it so easy and convenient to enjoy rice for breakfast. All you have to do is heat up one of the single portions of the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice for 60 seconds in the microwave and you have rice that is cooked to perfection. It’s not too hard, nor too soft. It’s just right and has a slightly nutty flavor. You seriously can’t mess up this rice.
I also love that the Ready to Serve Brown Rice comes in pre-portioned containers, each containing 57 grams of preservative-free whole grains. Knowing exactly what one portion looks like prevents you from overindulging on rice in the AM, leaving you plenty of room on your plate (and in your belly) to add other nutritious ingredients to your breakfast rice bowl.
Next, let’s talk about the tangy RED PEPPER SAUCE, as this sauce is the major “WOW” factor behind this breakfast rice bowl.
This red pepper sauce includes a wonderful array of wholesome ingredients that will add flavor, zest and tang to your breakfast.
I like to make a large batch of the sauce, and then enjoy it all week on my breakfast rice bowls or even atop grilled chicken or salmon for dinner. It complements most dishes well and a little goes a long way.
The sauce is made using roasted red peppers, which you can buy in a jar at the store. I combine the roasted red peppers with capers, along with a chunk of onion, garlic cloves, extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lime and Kosher salt and pepper to taste. I blend all these ingredients together in a high-speed blend and voila, I have a vibrant, beautiful red pepper sauce that adds depth, flavor, texture and beauty to the canvas of brown rice. (Get my red pepper sauce recipe.)
To make a complete and well-rounded breakfast, you’ll also want to add a PROTEIN. I personally love a well-cooked fried egg (but you can cook your fried egg to your liking). I also enjoy eating avocados in the morning because they offer me the GOOD FAT I need to sustain my energy through the day. Plus, the avocado works really well in this dish because it cools the tangy flavor of the red pepper sauce.
All you have to do to complete this breakfast rice bowl is layer all your ingredients. Once you do, you’ll have a delicious, colorful, nourishing and wholesome rice bowl to enjoy for breakfast (and if you’re a “breakfast-for-dinner” kinda person, you can enjoy this single serve rice bowl for dinner too!).
Now, the Taste Test
I made two breakfast rice bowls – one for me and one for my teenage son (I’m still struggling to say “teenage son,” as he just turned 13 last week!).
I enjoyed the rice bowl and found myself scraping the bowl for more because it was so good. I was so full after I ate it and didn’t feel hungry again until after 1pm that day. I felt like I was eating a gourmet breakfast even though I know it only took me about 10 minutes to put the entire dish together (thanks, in part, to the Minute Ready to Serve Rice – shhh, it’s our secret!).
To know if a recipe passes muster, I fed it to my son. He always gives me honest and thoughtful feedback. I have scrapped many recipes based on his feedback…
The good news is that he said this was one of the BEST breakfasts I’ve ever made, and he asked me if I’d make it again, too!
On top of it all, he asked for more roasted red pepper sauce because he loved how it tasted with the rice. As his mom, I felt good that I made not only a meal that nourished his body but also one that tantalized his taste buds.
This easy, convenient and delicious breakfast rice bowl recipe is a keeper – one that I plan to make over and over again due to its simplicity (Minute Ready to Serve Rice), flavor (red pepper sauce) and nourishing toppings (avocado and fried egg).
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve. You can learn more about Minute Ready to Serve online. Look for Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice and Brown Rice & Quinoa varieties at your local grocery store.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve.