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Mediterranean Rice Bowl – Rice to the occasion!

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Mediterranean Rice Bowl is served on the plate with a glass of water and tahini sauce in the bowl | Hurry The Food Up

Our Mediterranean rice bowl is easy to put together, healthy and filling. The perfect on-the-go lunch!

Taking inspiration from the ‘buddha bowl’ concept, this Mediterranean bowl recipe combines fluffy brown rice with olives, feta, rocket, cucumber and tomatoes, all drizzled with a sweet tangy tahini sauce and served alongside rich creamy hummus.

Served cold, this is one of the best rice salads for summer for any health conscious individual. Plus, it’s also a great lunch option if you are trying to lose weight!

Need a meal in minutes? Try a Mediterranean rice bowl!

We know that lots of our readers are busy people, so we’ve made sure this is a super easy dish to whip up – it can be ready in just 15 minutes.

However, that doesn’t mean we have compromised on overall healthiness!

One serving of our Mediterranean rice bowl contains 525 calories, 16g protein, 9g fibre, a quarter of your daily calcium requirements and almost a quarter of your daily iron intake (for a 2000 calorie/day diet).

Wow!

The recipe ingredients like brown rice, black olives, feta cheese, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, arugula leaves etc. | Hurry The Food Up

Wholegrain on the brain

The base of any ‘buddha bowl’ is usually a grain. It is very common to use rice, which is what we used in our smoked tofu and hummus buddha bowl, and what we have also chosen for our Mediterranean grain bowl.

But what are grains exactly? Grains are the edible seeds of certain types of grasses. They are a vital source of carbohydrates in diets all over the world.

You have probably come across the term ‘wholegrain’ before, particularly when talking about healthy eating. Ever wondered what it means? Like, is there a half-grain out there then?

Let us explain! When you buy any grain, it will either be ‘refined’ or ‘wholegrain’. You are probably used to eating refined grains, like white rice.

These grains have been ‘milled’, a process which removes their ‘bran’, a protective outer layer, and ‘germ’, the core of the grain, where lots of nutrients are stored.

Milling grains improves their shelf life, but gets rid of some of the important nutrients stored in the bran and germ.

‘Wholegrain’ means that the grain has not been milled, so they still have their bran and germ when you eat them. Wholegrain foods have much greater nutritional value than refined foods, as all their fibre, iron and b-vitamins remain intact.

That’s why in our Mediterranean rice salad, we use brown rice, which is wholegrain.

The tahini sauce in the white bowl with a teaspoon | Hurry The Food Up

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Rice-ing to the occasion: brown rice and weight loss

So we know that brown rice is overall healthier, but is a veggie rice bowl a good thing to eat if you are trying to lose weight?

The answer is yes!

When we think about foods that are weight loss friendly, one of the most important things is fibre content. This is because fibre is what makes you feel full, so choosing fibre rich foods can help you to consume fewer calories overall.

Because brown rice is a wholegrain, it has a far higher fibre content than white rice, which has been stripped of its fibrous bran. 1 cup of brown rice contains 3.5g fibre, whereas 1 cup of white rice only contains 1.42g.

A study of 74,000 women showed that women with the highest intake of fibre had a 49% lower risk of major weight gain than those who had the lowest fibre intake. In this same study the women whose diets contained most wholegrains consistently weighed less than those who consumed less wholegrains.

So super healthy rice bowls made with lovely brown wholegrain rice are the perfect lunch to eat as part of a weight loss diet.

If you want to learn more stuff like this about weight loss for a vegetarian diet, have a look at our free weight loss meal plan!

If you want to try other ways to eat brown rice, try our easy broccoli stir fry with brown rice!

Two servings are on two plates with a glass of water and tahini sauce in the bowl | Hurry The Food Up

Big batch of rice bowls

This Mediterranean rice bowl is the perfect lunch to prep in advance and eat throughout the week.

  • If you cook up a big batch of brown rice and make a jar of tahini sauce, then all you need to do is make sure you’re stocked up on hummus, feta and veggies! Just a little bit of preparation means you can put a yummy Mediterranean bowl together in 5 minutes and take it to work with you for lunch.
  • You could also experiment with different combinations– for example, why not try roasted chickpeas instead of hummus? Or serve it with a slice of lemon, for some extra zest? You could even add some falafels, always a great addition to a hummus bowl.
  • This is a vegetarian rice bowl recipe, but if you want it to be vegan, just remove the feta and use agave instead of honey in the sauce (or check out our all vegan mediterranean recipes).
  • One top tip we would give is to make sure to mix the tahini sauce thoroughly, especially if you have made it in advance. The components have a tendency to separate and if not mixed properly, the sauce can taste a bit bitter. You want to make sure you get all the flavours working together in a nutty, sweet, citrussy combo.

Now, go forth and enjoy the simple but mighty Mediterranean rice bowl!

Mediterranean Rice Bowl is on the plate with a glass of water and tahini sauce in the bowl | Hurry The Food Up
Mediterranean Rice Bowl
5 from 4 votes
This Mediterranean rice bowl is perfect for meal prep. Full of wholegrains & veggies, it’s simple, healthy and delicious.
Cuisine:Mediterranean
Diet: egg-free, gluten-free
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Servings:2 servings
Calories:511kcal
Author: Abril Macías
YouTube video

Ingredients

Rice

Tahini sauce

Bowl

  • 10 black or green olives (pitted)
  • 3 oz low fat feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1 handful arugula (rocket)
  • 1 small persian cucumber (sliced)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup hummus (can be store bought)

Instructions

Rice

  • Cook the brown rice according to package instructions.
    ½ cup brown rice

Tahini Sauce

  • To make the tahini sauce, mix in a small bowl the tahini, lemon juice, honey, onion powder, salt, and water.
    1.5 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp salt, 2 tbsp water
    The tahini sauce in the white bowl with a teaspoon | Hurry The Food Up

Bowl

  • Plate the grain bowl with the brown rice as a base (doesn’t have to be warm) and top with hummus, olives, crumbled feta cheese, arugula, sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy with a lot of tahini sauce.
    ½ cup hummus, 10 black or green olives, 3 oz low fat feta cheese, 1 handful arugula, 1 small persian cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes
    Two servings are on two plates with a glass of water and tahini sauce in the bowl | Hurry The Food Up

NOTES

Tip: Prep double the rice and use the leftovers for the lettuce wraps.
Make-ahead? Yes, just keep the sauce separately.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Rice Bowl
Amount per Serving
Calories
511
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
23
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
1526
mg
66
%
Potassium
 
620
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
64
g
21
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
Vitamin A
 
788
IU
16
%
Vitamin C
 
28
mg
34
%
Calcium
 
101
mg
10
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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