Always cognizant of ingredients and recipes that lend themselves to healthful and accessible workweek meals, Andrew and I have been longtime proponents of macro bowls: nutritionally complete assortments of everything from thick sliced avocado and grains, to raw or sautéed greens and made ahead salads. Though laissez faire in our bowl-game aesthetic, keeping our ready made components handy to toss together on a whim, we’re deliberate in each’s preparation, sneaking in arrays of texture and color, celebrating seasonal ingredients, and making sure to keep nutrition prioritized, even on our tight time budget.
Grains have always been a staple in our macro bowls, lending a plant based source of protein, fiber, and carbohydrate coziness, with favorites including brown rice, farro, and quinoa. Often taking up to an hour to prepare, we’ve found nearly instant options like Lundberg’s Thai Hom Mali Rice line offer that same quality and nutrition as our scratch made version, but in a fraction of the time and with no dishes dirtied. Sourced from small, remote farming communities in Thailand, Lundberg’s Thai Hom Mali line are Fair Trade premium rices, investing in the training and education of organic and sustainable farming methods and supporting Lundberg’s mission of nourishing, conserving and innovating for a healthier world. Wholly inspired by LA’s Sqirl, Andrew and I have loved elevating our Jasmine Thai Hom Mali Rice with homemade pesto – requiring little kitchen effort while imparting our bowls with dark and leafy greens, bright pops of lemon, and protein rich hemp seeds. Read: salad without the salad. We serve our green pesto rice alongside roasted vegetables, ripe avocado, runny poached eggs, and microgreens.
Thai Jasmine Rice with Hemp Seed Pesto
makes 4 servings
1 package Lundberg Organic Brown Jasmine Thai Hom Mali Rice
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup baby arugula
½ cup kale, tough stems removed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
½ Preserved Meyer Lemon, flesh removed, peel finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
Prepare Lundberg Organic Brown Jasmine Thai Hom Mali Rice according to package directions: squeeze unopened pouch to separate rice; tear top corner of pouch to vent; microwave on high for 90 seconds, and then let steam in microwave for 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse olive oil, arugula, kale, lemon juice, dill, and hep seeds until very smooth. Transfer to a large bowl with rice and lemon peel.
Toss until rice is well coated with pesto mixture. Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving]
240 Calories, 16g Fat, 23g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 0g Sugar, 3.5g Protein
In celebration of this accessible line, I’m giving away a Lundberg prize pack – so you can make your favorite macro bowls at home. Be sure to enter below to win: one of each variety of Lundberg’s Thai Jasmine Rices (organic brown, red, red & white, and white), a $50 AmEx gift card, a rice paddle, a set of 4 serving bowls, and an eco lunch box.
Thank you Lundberg for sponsoring this recipe and thank you for reading!