Spicy Brown Rice Bowls

Spicy Brown Rice Bowls (via abeautifulmess.com)This dinner is easy to throw together, full of good-for-you things, and totally delicious. Really, it’s everything a weeknight dinner should be. I love challenging myself in the kitchen and making all sorts of complex or new-to-me dishes, but what I make most often is something that resembles this. It’s home base, what you return to over and over again.

Spicy Brown Rice Bowls (via abeautifulmess.com) So what the heck is it?

marinated, baked tofu (swap this out for cauliflower or shrimp if you don’t like soy)
steamed brown rice (swap with black rice or quinoa if you’re feeling fancy)
spiralized, raw veggies like zucchini, carrots, bell pepper (trendy food bc spiralizing is the new smoothie bowl)
a creamy, spicy sauce that kind of resembles Yum Sauce if you’ve ever had that before (but this is better)

That’s seriously it. If you have some cilantro, toss that on top too. Dinner is served.

Marinated and baked tofuSpicy Brown Rice Bowls, serves two

3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
marinated baked tofu (see here for recipe)
1 zucchini
1/2 red bell pepper
1 large carrot

For the sauce:
2 heaping tablespoons of mayo
1 tablespoon reserved marinade (from the tofu)
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Prepare the tofu and steam the rice. I used the exact same method for the tofu as you see here. The only change was I cut it into small cubes instead of longer strips, or fries. I love this baked tofu recipe. I make the full 14 oz at a time (one package), and even if we don’t eat all the tofu with this meal, I’ll save it in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator and add it to salads or stir fries the rest of the week. Yum!

Steam your rice. I use a rice maker; it makes the whole thing super easy and impossible to screw up. I like that. 🙂

Easy brown rice bowlsClean and spiralize your veggies, or cut into thin matchsticks or very small cubes. I like the long strips that spiralizing makes, but it’s not necessary. Since we’re leaving the veggies raw, you do want to cut them up quite a bit so they are easier to chew and enjoy in this meal, but there are lots of options here. So feel free to change it up if you like.

To make the sauce, simply stir together the mayo, reserved marinade, and chili garlic sauce. Taste and if you want more heat, add more chili garlic sauce or even just an extra sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Spicy Brown Rice Bowls (via abeautifulmess.com) Once everything is prepared, assemble your bowls, drizzle on the sauce, and top with cilantro. Ta-da! Dinner is ready to be devoured. 🙂 Enjoy! xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • This looks super easy to do and so tasty, Thanks!


  • I really love your vegetarian recipes that can easily be made vegan – they are much appreciated. This looks amazing! xx

  • brwon rice and tofu, is there a better thing one can have for lunch?

  • Reading this article while starving wasn’t the best idea x


  • As always this recipe looks delish. I def will try this one out. x

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  • Ha! Well, you’re in luck as this will taste better than the cloth… probably more nutritious too. 🙂


  • I’m actually done with cookbook recipes and have been since April. 🙂 But next week I’ll be back in Nashville cooking many of them again for photoshoots with Elsie. Should be another fun week of photography and hanging out with my sister.


  • There are, I almost always buy extra firm for cooking things like this. The softer versions are great if you want to make things like pudding or vegan mayo but I typically only use extra firm.



  • I am so hungry right now I would eat even the cloth. That looks amazing (and delicious)!!

  • I’m surprised (and impressed) you’re still able to put out so many recipes while working on your cookbook! Way to go, Emma!

  • There’s one linked in the post — https://www.amazon.com/WonderVeg-Vegetable-Spiralizer-Cleaning-Spaghetti/dp/B00OA3K9G8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1465590249&sr=1-10&keywords=veggie+spiralizer&linkCode=sl1&tag=abeames04-20&linkId=035d7e18681c346d959de1c370263d72 🙂 -Jacki

  • OK, I went to get a spiralizer this afternoon and didn’t find one. I’ll have to order online. Any brand recommendations?

  • That looks super delicious (and healthy), I will try it out!

  • These look amazing! I’ve recently made the switch to a plant-based diet and it’s always good finding veggie-heavy recipes that I can adapt.

  • Right on time of Humpday!!! super easy weeknight meal for me tonight 🙂


  • This sounds great! Is there a special type of Tofu? I’ve never used it before, but I’ve heard there are different varieties. Thanks!

  • Omg, yummm! This looks so delicious, Emma. I’m definitely pinning for later ?

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