Tabbouleh, rice and bean bowl

Tabbouleh, quinoa, rice and cannellini bowl

I’m one of those people on Instagram who follows every type of food page you can imagine, and I often come across those posts of healthy food perfectly and symmetrically placed in their little bowls. Though they do look mouth-watering and absolutely stunning, it’s taken me until now to realise I could just as easily make my own. I was inspired by Lebanese cuisine and by my visit to Tortilla, in Newcastle’s Eldon Square, where you can eat naked vegetarian burrito bowls with rice, avocado, beans, and salad.

My bowl features quinoa, rice and cannellini beans accompanied by tabbouleh and avocado, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. What’s perfect about this is it’s vegetarian and vegan (my sister was proud and happy to hear that I made something vegan-friendly). I made a batch large enough to provide me with 4 meals and it was so easy to do.

Tabbouleh:

Finely dice:

  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • red onion
  • romaine lettuce
  • parsley

Mix together in a bowl and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice on top, then add a sprinkle of sumac to finish it off. For those of you who don’t know what sumac is, it’s a dried and ground fruit often used in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s crimson in colour and has a tangy, lemony flavour.

You can buy this in some supermarkets–such as Asda, Waitrose, and Sainsbury’s–however, it’s a lot cheaper from online wholesalers and usually better quality.

Sainsbury’s £1.00/ 45g

Asda £1.67/ 50g

Waitrose £2.49/ 50g

tabbouleh salad

Mix the tabbouleh with quinoa, rice and cannellini beans and you’ve got yourself a healthy, tasty and filling meal!

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