Vegan Burrito Bowl photographed from a three-quarter angel with scattered lime and cilantro visible
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Vegan Burrito Bowl

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It is another week for a scrumptious, super flavorful main dish: This Vegan Burrito Bowl. I got this recipe inspiration when I went to a Mexican restaurant with friends in the summer (back when we – here in Germany – were still allowed to go to restaurants). It is the same trip where I also got my inspiration for the Very Coconutty and Lime Naked Cake from. There may be a recurring “lime” theme here 😂.

Two Vegan Burrito Bowls on a grey background with scattered lime pieces and cilantro around with the closer vegan burrito bowl being in focus

Anycase, a burrito bowl arrived and I immediately knew that I wanted to create a vegan version of it for the blog. What can I say? I am so glad I did, and I am also so glad it turned out because truth be told – I have been testing so many recipes lately and they are partial absolute disasters. Which basically means that they just need a bit more work still in order to get them absolutely right 😉. But… I am digressing. Back to this beautiful dish. This dish has so much flavor, texture, and deliciousness. It is also so colorful which is the reason why I deliberately kept everything kind of darkish-grey colors in order for the food to truly shine. It is then topped of with in spices crusted delicious tempeh, before being slathered on with creamy avocado, lime, and cilantro sauce.

Two Vegan Burrito Bowls on a grey background with scattered lime pieces and cilantro around with the vegan burrito bowl being further away appearing in focus

And here is where things slightly went sideways when I added the sauce… I have once again realized that I am simply not that girl who is able to make “flinging sauce on food” look pretty. I have failed with that in pictures before (cue in my Chocolate Banana Pancakes) – so please treat the next shot more like an art painting than anything else 😂. And yes, I possibly could have sat down and meticulously reduce those larger patches of sauce in an editing app – but let us be real. The taste is not altered and your bowl at home would likely look the same (unless you have serious “flinging” capabilities 😉).

Vegan Burrito Bowl on a grey background with scattered Vegan Burrito Bowl Sauce all over

Why is this Vegan Burrito Bowl good for you?

Tempeh

Tempeh is, in its essence, fermented soy. Originally from Indonesia, Tempeh contains a good dose of protein, as well as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Because Tempeh is fermented, it also contains a good dose of prebiotics, which are a type of fiber that is a beneficial feeding ground for our good gut bacteria. The fermentation process allows Tempeh to be better digested, whilst at the same time absorb more nutrients from the food. Because Tempeh is a whole food soy product, research indicates that it may also be beneficial for our heart health. Tempeh contains a phytonutrient called “isoflavones”, which has been associated with decreased cholesterol levels. The proteins found in Tempeh may also have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect, which appears to also reduce blood pressure levels. There is also some indication that Tempeh has a moderate effect on improving blood fat levels.

Vegan Burrito Bowl photographed up close with lettuce, red onions, corn, rice, cilantro, and tempeh in focus

Lime

Technically in its peak from May through to October, Limes are not only super delicious but also a powerhouse in drawing out other flavors (which is why we are using it so generously in this recipe). Limes are high in Vitamin C, which is a super important vitamin and antioxidant for our body. Vitamin C not only supports our immune system but also helps with the absorption of iron, fights free radicals and oxidative stress, as well as supports the build of one of our most critical structural proteins – collagen. Limes contain both antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

The flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) found in Limes have shown to stop cell division in many cancer lines. There is also some recent research suggesting that lime juice may be able to alter the cell cycle. In particular, it appears to change the decision as to whether a cell devides or dies. Last but not least, Limes also have displayed an anti-biotic effect. In West Africa, the inclusion of lime juice with the main meal appear to stop the contraction of cholera (a disease triggered by bacteria in the gut).

A piece of lime and cilantro with two Vegan Burrito Bowls visible in the background

Cilantro

Also sometimes called coriander, this herb is a superpower for our health! Cilantro is actually related to parsley, carrots, and celery. I absolutely adore Cilantro but not everyone does. There are some people who claim it tastes like soap. If you are one of those people – there is actually an explanation for this phenomenon and it may well be due to a certain set of genes. This gene allows you to pick up the smell of aldehyde chemicals, which can also be found in soap. Next to this interesting quirk, Cilantro has antioxidant, anti-diabetic, and anti-microbial properties. It is also loaded with Vitamin K1. Vitamin K1 is super important for both our bone health and our ability to properly clot blood. It may also aid in lowering blood pressure levels and may be linked with improved memory function in elder adults.

Vegan Burrito Bowl photographed up close with scatted Vegan Burrito Bowl sauce all over

How can I adjust this Vegan Burrito Bowl recipe to my dietary requirements?

This Vegan Burrito Bowl is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free. Due to its grain content and use of soy, this recipe is, unfortunately, not suitable for the paleo lifestyle.

And there you have it for this week 🤗! I took the liberty to update my recipe card plug-in this week (basically the recipe you see below). You can now rate the recipes, which will hopefully allow more people to find them going forward. So, if you do or did enjoy the recipe – please leave me a rating below! As always, I also love to hear from you both in the comments section below or over on Instagram!

Vegan Burrito Bowl

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Ann Robejsek Course: MainCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

This Vegan Burrito Bowl recipe is easy and delicious. The different colors practically jump at you from the plate! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • For the rice
  • 3/4 cup rice of choice (ca. 155 gr.)

  • 2 + ½ cups water (ca. 360 ml.)

  • For the vegan burrito bowl sauce
  • avocado*

  • 15 gr. cilantro (a large handful)

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¼tsp cayenne

  • Water to reach desired consistency

  • For the black beans
  • 2small red onions

  • 400 gr. black beans

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • Juice of ½ a lime

  • ½tsp paprika (hot) or cayenne

  • A sprinkle of salt

  • For the tempeh
  • 3 tsp olive oil

  • 200 gr. tempeh

  • 1.5 tsp oregano

  • 1.5 tsp cumin

  • ½tsp garlic powder

  • ½tsp salt

  • ½ tsp paprika (hot) or cayenne

  • Juice of ½ a lime

  • To assemble the bowl
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded

  • 250 gr. cherry tomatoes

  • 1 jar of corn (ca. 250 gr.)

  • Additional chopped cilantro

How to

  • For the rice
  • Add rice to a pot, along with the water, and bring to a quick boil. Then lit simmer on low until tender. The time to cook will greatly depend on the rice used – refer to package instructions for best results. When done, simply drain any excess water and set aside
  • For the vegan burrito bowl sauce
  • In a small blender add the avocado, washed cilantro, juice of limes, salt, cayenne, and a tiny bit of water. Blend on high until super smooth. If you notice that the dressing is still rather thick, add a tiny bit more water at a time
  • For the black beans
  • In a sieve, drain the black beans and wash them until the water runs clear. Peel and finely chop the red onions. Heat a pan to medium heat and add olive oil. Fry off the onions until slightly translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the black beans and stir through until heated. Now, add the lime juice, paprika, or cayenne and sprinkle some salt on top. Stir through, take off the heat, and set aside
  • For the tempeh
  • In the same pan (no need for washing here!), add olive oil and turn the heat to medium-low. Add the spices – oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and paprika (or cayenne) and let simmer in the oil to become fragrant (about 2 minutes). Meanwhile, quickly chop the tempeh into pieces, add to the pan and stir, so that the tempeh is evenly covered in the spices. Continue to stir and cook for a few minutes (on low heat ca. 5). When done, add the lime juice to finish off. Set aside
  • To assemble the bowl
  • Whilst the tempeh is frying off, prepare the remaining ingredients for the bowl. Wash and finely shred the lettuce, as well as cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. In a sieve, drain and rinse the corn. Chop more cilantro to add to the Burrito Bowl
  • You can assemble this bowl in two ways: Either you prepare each plate individually by adding the salad, rice, corn, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, sauce, and tempeh or adding everything to a big bowl and stirring through (also adding the tempeh last). I did the first version for the pictures because it looks nicer but the flavors will not mind either way and the second option is definitely the easier one. Serve and ENJOY!!

Notes

  • * be sure to use a small avocado – I only had a rather large one and it ended up being far too much sauce…

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