Bryn’s 2016 Vegan Blog Series


Sometimes less is more. Rice bowls are an easy go-to meal option for lunch or dinner. They can be satisfying and nutritious with just a few simple added ingredients like Cookin’ Greens. Rice dishes are also very versatile… save rice leftovers from one meal, re-heat, transform and repeat.

See how student blogger and vegan Bryn transforms rice leftovers from one bowl to the next…

Sometimes, cooking a satisfying meal seems like such a pain. Often, I’m on my way home from school or work — ravenous, of course — and I’m tempted to just order take-out or eat a frozen meal.

The alternative to eating what could likely be a sodium-laden meal? A rice bowl.

There are a million ways to make a rice bowl — you can change up the dressing and use as many or as few vegetables as you please. But all you need to get those essential nutrients are the rice, greens, protein, and dressing!

For the greens, the Cookin’ Greens products are perfect, especially if looking to minimize cooking time. Just cook according to package instructions in a pan for a few minutes or throw it in the microwave for a few seconds! No washing or chopping required. I love using the Athlete’s Mix in my rice bowl because it gives you extra protein and vitamins —through the white beans and red peppers — with no extra effort. 

Although rice can sometimes take up to 45 minutes to cook, you can simplify the process by making large batches of rice and saving it in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, you can microwave it, covered, for about 1 minute, adding half a tablespoon of water to one serving.

The tempeh that I like to use in this recipe needs to be marinated beforehand, so it will be ready to throw in the oven or stove right when putting the rice bowl together. The dressings can also be made beforehand — although both dressings only take about 5 minutes.

These recipes will blow you away with how flavourful, nutritious and easy they are to prepare. If you’re feeling more ambitious or have more time, some of my favourite vegetables to add to are roasted sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and roasted zucchini. 


Cookin’ Greens Rice Bowl (2 Servings)



Rice Bowl 1 Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice (dry – cook according to package instructions)
  • Miso Ginger or Maple Dijon Dressing, see below
  • 125g of cubed tempeh, see instructions below
  • 2 cups of Cookin’ Greens Athlete’s Mix or Cookin’ Greens Chopped Spinach or Kale, cooked according to package instructions


  • Miso Ginger Bowl: Spoon equal portions of dressing over two bowls of brown rice, Cookin’ Greens and tempeh
  • Maple Dijon Bowl: Add dressing and cooked Cookin’ Greens into fry pan and heat on medium-low for 7 minutes. Put greens and dressing mix over rice and add tempeh
    • Option: stir in baked tempeh for the last 4 minutes of heating

Baked Tempeh Ingredients

  • ½ package tempeh
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp mirin


  • Cut up tempeh into 1/2–inch cubes
  • Pour soy sauce and mirin into a bowl and mix together
  • Add tempeh
  • Marinate for 4 hours, turning over after 2 hours
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350ºF

Miso Ginger Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of traditional brown rice miso
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 2.5tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove


  • Add all ingredients to food processor
  • Blend until well-combined and smooth

Maple Dijon Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Add all ingredients into container and shake to blend


Summer 2015 is here! This summer we are so excited to have student, vegan blogger, Bryn Ferguson join us for some cooking inspiration with Cookin’ Greens. Frozen vegetables in the summer? You bet and we can’t wait to show you how!

We hope you read along as she shares her foodie experiences, tips & tricks, recipes and photos across her 8 featured blog posts.

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