How to Make Healthy Rice and Noodle Bowls + Recipe

Healthy Rice Bowl Recipe

I love rice bowls. There's something mysterious that happens when you pile delicious and healthy ingredients on top of rice. Rice bowls are easy to make, portable, budget friendly and great for your health. Noodle bowls are okay too!

So let's learn then how to make healthy and delicious rice and noodle bowls.

Cooking Rice

I am a huge fan of cooking in bulk. I recommend to make a large pot of rice keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for days. You can use a rice cooker or just boil it, here's how to do that.

Best way to reheat rice
  • Simply place in a microwaveable dish
  • Sprinkle with water
  • Microwave ~1 min.
  • Mix and serve

Cooking Noodles

I don't recommend cooking noodles in bulk/ahead of time since they get too mushy when you reheat them - unless you like mushy texture then go hog wild.

For Vegetables

You can use raw or cooked vegetables. For cooking you can steam, saute, roast, etc. Use a frozen packet or take-out plain steamed veg if you want.

You can read more about the 3 strategies that I used to stop hating and start loving vegetables.

On Fresh Herbs and Seasonings

These are where the real flavor comes in. You don’t need a metric ton of sugar and salt when you have fresh basil, mint, cilantro, jalapeños, etc. The key is to have a mix of different flavors and then add extra sauces lightly.

My go-to recipe

  • Cooked basmati rice or fresh-cooked buckwheat noodles
  • Leftover meat or chicken
  • Salad or lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, onions, herbs
  • More herbs: cilantro, mint, basil
  • Lime juice or light vinegar
  • Sriracha
  • Soy sauce

Ingredients Template

  • Carbs
    • Cooked rice
    • Noodles
    • Shirataki noodles (low-calorie)
  • Protein
    • Chicken
    • Fish or shrimp
    • Ground meat
    • Steak or roast
    • Tofu (plain or pre-seaoned), tempeh, etc. too.
  • Fat
    • Avocado
    • Sesame or any seeds
    • Peanut or sesame sauce
    • Spicy Mayo
    • Creamy coconut milk dressing
  • Vegetables
    • Carrots
    • Zucchini
    • Shallots
    • Cucumbers
    • Onions
    • Bok Choy
    • Bean sprouts
    • Lettuce
    • Broccoli
    • Arugula
    • Pickled Veggies
    • Kimchi
  • Fresh herbs and flavors:
    • Basil
    • Mint
    • Cilantro
    • Jalapeños
    • Garlic
    • Sriracha
    • Soy Sauce
  • Fruits
    • Peaches
    • Mango
    • Oranges

Bonus Sauce Recipe:

  • Sesame paste / tahini (if this is difficult to find, you can use any other nut butter, including peanut)
  • Lime juice, lemon juice or light vinegar
  • Paprika, cayenne, etc.
  • Salt or dash soy sauce

Note: you can also make a coconut twist on this, by substituting the tahini for coconut milk and blending with a slice of jalapeño (optional), turmeric, dash soy sauce, and lime juice in a blender or hand mixer.


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