Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls

These fuss-free Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls make a quick and easy lunch or dinner!

These fuss-free Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls make a quick and easy lunch or dinner! Gluten-free with vegan, vegetarian, and paleo options - heck yes!

BREAKING NEWS: I started drinking coffee again.

I’ve been off it for ages (health reasons, bah) but for the lately, I’ve been nursing a cup of haff-caff black coffee with my breakfast. Guys, it’s so glorious!

And a little bit terrifying.

I apologize in advance for any and all caffeine induced punctuation abuse (jazz hands!!!!!) and subsequent typos.  I’m fairly certain I still should not be drinking a cup of brown juice every morning (hello jitters!) but guys, it’s essential with a 3 year old.

I’ve found a way to spill a little of nearly ever cup I’ve consumed on myself (and my laptop – eeeeek!) and have been so high on go-go juice that I’ve been placing 1st in my Orangetheory classes, a ranking bases solely on heart rate that I 110% feel like I cheated my way to. Even with a 60-40 ratio of decaf to regular I’m still operating like a chipmunk on speed. Anyone else? Just me? Please tell me it’s not just me!

So I’ve been thinking I may need to give it up again…

Maybe.

Probably.

Okay probably not.

OH HAI RECIPE! That was gloriously off-track today! Let’s reel it in with some tasty eats, shall we?

Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls

Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls

The recipe below works with legit any sausage that floats your boat – from t-rex-tastic options to the underrated (and still delicious!) vegan sausage options on the market right now. Find your favorite and make these easy peasy bowls for lunch or dinner!

Sausage and Veggie Rice Bowls

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Sausage Veggie Rice Bowls

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Cook

Total

Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2-3 links of your favorite sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2-1 tsp oil for sautéing (olive, avocado, etc...)
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced or chopped
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup ginger dressing (loving this one lately)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook rice per package instructions, approx. 20 minutes

  2. While the rice cooks, chop your veggies and cook your sausage.

  3. Heat a skillet with a little oil (spray or drizzle) and sauté sausage until crispy, browned, and cooked through.

  4. Assemble your bowls! Put rice on one side and your salad on the other. Top with a sprinkling of pepitas, a pinch of parsley (optional but tasty!) and your sausage. Drizzle dressing over the salad and dig in!

Notes

See post below for special diets and swap to make these easy peasy bowls vegan, vegetarian, or paleo!

Courses Main Dish

Cuisine American

special diets and swaps

We don’t eat all of the same foods, and that’s okay! Here are a few swaps and such for easy peasy rice bowls. The mix-ins and add-ons are essentially endless – have fun with it!

  • vegans chefs: crispy pan-fried tofu (seasoned any way you’d like) would be oh so glorious here. I love mine tossed with a little ginger, green onion, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce. You could also make it with these insanely addictive roasted shawarma chickpeas too *or* try it with your go-to vegan sausage if you have a favorite!
  • on the seafood front: try swapping the sausage for sautéed or grilled shrimp!
  • t-rex + gluten-free chefs: you’re good to go here! Make as directed or empty your cripser by adding extra veggies to the mix!
  • no rice? no problem! Try it with cauliflower rice to make it paleo or whole30 compliant!

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If you get a chance to try these sausage veggie rice bowls, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • I was thinking of some vegetable spring rolls to replace the sausage (sorry, devoted vegan here). Might be a good trade just for me not to feel sorry of what I eat. Anyway, the veggie rice bows really are worth a try.
    Thanks for sharing it Jenn!
    Oh, before I forgot, it’s good to hear that you’re back in drinking coffee. Coffee is <3 and it will be a pain seeing someone drinking it while you on the other hand, can't.

    From the person who is currently sipping a cup of her coffee,

    Sam

    • Hey Samantha! Spring rolls area brilliant swap! I’ll add them to the vegan option list – love it 🙂 Dude I think the hardest part was making my husband coffee on the weekends while he played with the nugget. I wanted to make it but the smell would send me swooning and my tea was never as fragrant and magical haha! I’m about to make a cup for both of us right now – cheers friend!

  • I make something like this a lot, it is one of my favorite easy dinners! I wouldn’t have thought to add ginger dressing though, that sounds delicious, definitely going to try ti that way.

    • Thanks Christina! The ginger adds a nice twist! If you can find it, Applegate makes a peach jerk chicken sausage that goes amaaaaazing with the ginger dressing and greens – I want to add sliced nectarine next time too for a kiss of sweetness! 🙂

  • Yesss! So simple, so delicious, and best of all, customizable. No more making multiple dinners for me, the hubs and the kiddos! Definitely need to try this!

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