This gorgeous balsamic bliss bowls recipe, made of fresh vegetables and brown rice, will keep you satiated for hours! If you are unfamiliar with the concept, bliss bowls are also known as Buddha bowls and are plant-based one-meal recipes that happen to be the perfect dish for health-conscious diners. You can consider it as a warmed-up salad that you can eat as a main course. Not only are they easy to make, but they are also a flexible dish and can make excellent use of any leftover vegetable you have on your counter.
To learn how to make balsamic bliss bowls, read more below.
How to Make Balsamic Bliss Bowls
Made with glazed balsamic glaze and fresh ingredients easily found near your grocery store, this balsamic bliss bowls recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner do-to for health-conscious individuals. The addition of brown rice makes this dish substantial enough to keep you full as you go about your day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 1-2 servings
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup chopped fresh mozzarella
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 lemon, halved
- Flaky sea salt
- Black pepper, freshly ground
- Red pepper flakes, crushed
- Juice from half a lemon
- Black sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
For Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
- 2 cups balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- In a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar and sugar. Bring to a mild boil, then lower to medium-low heat and continue to cook, stirring periodically, until the vinegar thickens and is reduced to approximately 1/2 cup.
- The glaze should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon after 8-10 minutes of reduction. Remove from the heat and cool thoroughly before serving.
- Cook rice according to the package instructions. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss tomatoes, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, and 3 tbsp vinegar on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.
- Season the boneless skinless chicken breast on both sides with 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, and salt to taste. Nestle chicken breasts in tomatoes and bake for 25 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to burst and the meat is cooked through.
- Toss fresh mozzarella cheese with enough olive oil to coat cheese. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and flaky sea salt to taste.
- Serve chicken and cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and baby spinach over cooked rice. Finish by drizzling balsamic vinegar glaze over top. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over each bliss bowl and sprinkle in sesame seeds, if desired.
Cooking Notes and Tips
- Make this balsamic bliss bowl vegetarian by substituting 4 cups chickpeas or black beans for the chicken.
- If you’re a stickler for presentation, it’s important that you’re drizzling balsamic vinegar glaze just right after you’ve put in the rest of the ingredients.
- If you’ve made too much glaze, you can use only halved balsamic glaze and store the rest in the fridge for future recipes
Whether you’re looking for a healthy pick-me-up during mornings or a nutritious lunch you can proudly show off to work, you can’t go wrong with balsamic bliss bowls. For a lovelier presentation, you can layer the ingredients in a mason jar, tie the lid with a ribbon, and bring it with you to a potluck or a picnic.
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