Vegan Banh Mi Bowl With Kimchi

January 2, 2020
Holidays are notorious for leaving people feeling over fed and bloated. This may contribute to the reason why many New Year's resolutions are based around detoxing and clean eating. I know I was craving fresh vegetables after stuffing my face with sweets for the past week, so I made a bahn mi sandwich without the bread. I love bahn mi sandwiches but even when made vegan, they aren’t the healthiest option. They are generally served on a hearty, filling bread that is covered in mayo. To make a lighter, healthier version of this, I swapped out the bread for rice and the mayo with a sriracha vinegarette dressing. This made it possible to retain all of the flavors of the bahn mi sandwich without the bulk. I didn’t feel a need to add any sort of mock meat because it’s already packed with flavor but you could add some seitan or even avocado if you wanted to add a little more substance.

Vegan Banh Mi Bowl With Kimchi

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  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • diced scallions (for topping)
  • 1/2 lime, juice only
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • to taste salt + pepper to taste
  • to top diced scallions to top
  • to top juice from 1/2 lime
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Directions

1 Prepare rice according to package. Add about 1 cup of the cooked rice to a bowl.
2. Arrange the cabbage, kimchi, arugula, cucumber, and cilantro around the rice.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sriracha, and spices to make the dressing.
4. Pour dressing over salad and top with scallions and lime juice.


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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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