Photos by Emily Caruso
I always find myself spending the first few weeks of January using up stray ingredients from the holidays. Half a bag of polenta, candy canes, creme fraiche that I stuck in the freezer until I could think of a use for it. This year, I had a small amount of wild rice left from a casserole and using it as a grain in a meal bowl seemed like a good idea. And it was!
Meal bowls are pretty ubiquitous in the food blogging world right now, particularly if you’re vegetarian or vegan. What I love about them is their versatility—we have dinner-in-a-bowl at least once a week because I always have random vegetables and grains in the fridge that need to be used. Typically, I roast the veggies, combine them with a grain or bean, whip up a sauce or dressing, and add fresh greens and garnishes like herbs and seeds. We have an entire post about building a nutritionally balanced meal bowl here if you want to come up with your own ideas.
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For this particular bowl, I tossed the wild rice in red wine vinegar and olive oil, and used seasonal root vegetables, which pair nicely with the earthy flavor of wild rice. Any root vegetables you like will work. A simple tahini dressing is drizzled over the top and then arugula, pomegranate arils and pepitas are added as a finishing touch.
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