Rice Bowl with Mildly Spiced Veggies, Vegan Black Bean Burger & Cashew Cheese Sauce

img_3084This dinner came about when I had recently finished a 3 week juice plan and wanted something simple but with a little flavour – not too much, as my digestion wouldn’t be able to cope so soon.

My husband was having chilli, so I decided to have a mild version and also use up some mushrooms and bits of veggies as well as cashew cheese sauce (recipe here) left over from the previous evening, plus a solitary Vegan Black Bean & Walnut Veggie Burger that had been lying forlornly in the freezer for some time. (A chilli burger would work well here too, see Vegan Tiger Nut & Peanut Chilli-Burger).

(I dare anyone to ask where the protein is in this recipe!!)

(You could use spicy tofu in place of the veggie burger and if you really want to spice it up, add a real chilli pepper!).

img_3080The idea was to have rice with mildly chilli-flavoured stir-fried veggies topped with the crumbled burger and lightly chilli-seasoned cashew cheese sauce. 

It turned out really well, but there was far too much for me. It was very filling. I could have halved it and had a small green salad and it would have been more than enough.

 Vegan, gluten-free, organic where possible.

Ingredients for 1-2 servings

1/2 Cup Brown Basmati Rice each, soaked and rinsed well

Various veggies, we used:

Kale, washed and chopped

Red Cabbage, washed and shredded

Carrot, shredded

Chestnut Mushrooms, washed and chopped

Courgette (zucchini), washed and chopped

1 Heaped Tsp Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

Chilli Powder


 Black Pepper

Cashew Cheese Sauce


Cook the rice in about twice as much water until it is absorbed or until it is al dente, you don’t want it split and mushy, it doesn’t taste as nice and it means the rice now behaves as a sugary carbohydrate with a higher GI rating.

Melt the oil; when hot but not smoking, add a little chilli powder then add the veggies, one group at a time so as not to mudddy the colours. Keep them moving.


Add a few twists of Black Pepper.

We added a little tamari to the mushrooms.

Cover and allow to cook on a low heat for a few minutes until done but still with a bite.

Meanwhile, slowly  warm up the burger and cashew cheese sauce.

We added some chilli powder and extra nutritional yeast to the sauce once it was warmed up.

Place the rice in the bowl, add the veggies, top with the crumbled burger and drizzle or pour over the sauce.

Et Voilà!


Copyright: Chris McGowan

17 thoughts on “Rice Bowl with Mildly Spiced Veggies, Vegan Black Bean Burger & Cashew Cheese Sauce

  1. Jumped over from the Senior Salon
    It does seem to take most men a bit longer to come around to any change in diet – food is love. 🙂 Like kids and new foods, they usually come around eventually — as long as nobody makes a big issue out of it – lol.

    I can’t spare the time for complicated prep and cleaning up afterwards, but I like to look at recipes with an eye toward using the principles/ingredients in dishes I do have time for. Thanks for the info about water and rice, btw – although I prefer my rice more on the al dente side, I was unaware that “mushy” rice raised the GI rating. I’ll bet it is the same for the “quick” rices.

    Appreciated the juicing comments info too. Thanks!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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      1. Yes, 3 years ago, I made a decision to stop trying to fit in with other people’s mealtimes and meal-types. I tend to graze and now eat when I am hungry and not because the clock says it’s time to eat. I feel much better for it, but of course I no longer have to fit in with a family’s needs which makes things easier.

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  2. Am sure after juicing its hard to eat solid foods. I did a detox with juices a yer back and it was difficult to start all over again. But I have realised the weight lose you achieve by juicing goes off after you start with food. Is it that way for you Chris?? Just curious.

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    1. Hi, thanks for your question. A lot of people find it hard to return to solid food and keep the weight off. It’s important to reintroduce solid foods slowly, and chew thoroughly and slowly. The first day after a juice plan I would still have juices for breakfast and lunch but have a salad (no meat or dairy) for dinner; the following day I would have a salad for lunch and perhaps a light stirfry for dinner. But sometimes I spend several days just having juice and salads, nut milks, smoothies etc. It’s also important to listen to your body and what it can take, your stomach will have shrunk, so don’t overload it. If you go back to eating the same way you did before the juice plan, then, yes, you will put the weight back on. The idea is to change your eating habits. I have at least one juice a day, and have a plantbased diet. I don’t eat any refined sugar or processed fatty foods. We make our treats and desserts from real food. This is a habit that takes time to develop, you have to tailor the lifestyle to suit your own needs. I need to be gluten-free and can’t eat certain foods because I know they will cause me pain or a rash etc. So as much as I might enjoy certain foods, I avoid them. My weight has reached its optimum level now. I lost a lot in the first year, but now it varies by about 5lbs depending on the time of year, family events, whether I’ve just done a juice plan and so on. I don’t worry about it any more. Hope this helps. 😊

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      1. Lovely info and am glad you took time to write it all very clearly. Thanks my dear. Will try this next time. The problem is I need to cook for the rest and that’s the hardest among all. I try my best though. 👍🏼

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      2. It is extremely hard when you have a family. My son has two toddlers and he has started them early, they love juices and smoothies and also get involved in the preparation. The 3 year old has currently progressed to making vegetarian pizza, she chooses toppings like raisins and carrots! My husband was very anti-juicing when I began 3 years ago, but now he makes the daily juices and has one himself!

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