Dinner for One: Vegan Latin Bowl


Dinner for One

I love my friends and my family and my dude, but sometimes it’s really nice to have no one talk to me for a few hours, you know? It’s nice to just be in silence with some beer and paint my nails.

Non sucky dinners for one are good examples on how to date yourself. Yes, yourself. Date nights with yourself. Do you have them? You totally should, they’re the best. For me they usually involve a pair of pjs, an episode or two (or three) of Nashville (currently obsessed), cold cereal, sometimes takeout, but more recently? This bowl.

Dinner for One

I’ve posted about Dinner for One before (here and here) and can’t really should do more. I love ’em.

This bowl is inspired by a dish I get at my local vegan restaurant. They call it the Brazilian bowl but there’s really nothing Brazilian about it so I renamed it. It’s a little bit less inaccurate now.

My favorite part is the brown rice made like Mexican rice. It’s flavorful and tomato-ey and oh just so awesome.

Dinner for One

There’s sweet plantains that work lovely with the tart, wilted Swiss chard.

The warm tomatillo salsa adds another sort of big step to this recipe so if you’re in the mood for something that’s under 20 minutes, then you can just trade it out for another salsa that’s living in your fridge. The ugly (but delicious) scoop of black beans is offset by drop dead gorgeous slices of watermelon radishes. #balance

What’s your “date for one” routine? Do you have one? Do you dream of having one?

Dinner for One

Dinner for One: Vegan Latin Bowl

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Serving Size: 1 bowl


Warm Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 3 to matillos, husks removed and tops trimmed
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, membrane and seeds removed
  • Handful cilantro
  • Pinch of salt

Spanish Brown Rice:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 3/4 vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Pinch salt

Rest of the bowl:

  • 1/2 brown plantain, sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt
  • Two leaves of swiss chard, stems trimmed and discarded
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Scoop of black beans, warmed


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a cast iron skillet. Place the tomatillos trimmed side down. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until slightly sizzling and lightly golden brown. Transfer to the jar of a food processor, along with yellow onion, juice from 1 lime, serrano pepper, handful of cilantro and a few pinches of salt. Blend until pureed and set aside.
  • To a small pot, heat a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Place the garlic atop and cook until fragrant, an additional minute. Pour in the rice, vegetable stock, tomato paste, cumin and salt; mix until completely combined. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the liquid is dissolved and the rice is completely cooked.
  • In the cast iron you used to roast the tomatillos (we're about minimal clean-up in these parts), heat a few teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the slices of plantain, a pinch of salt and cook on both sides for about 1-2 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Remove and set aside. Add the swiss chard, red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, until wilted.
  • To assemble the bowl, add the rice to the bottom of a bowl, top with the slices of plantains, wilted swiss chard, scoop of black beans, few slices of radishes and a spoonful of tomatillo salsa.
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  • Reply IK August 8, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this really yummy and healthy vegan recipe.

    For people who want to adopt a vegan lifestyle, there is a good guide to start:

  • Reply Anna June 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I tried this recipe and the rice will definitely take longer to cook up, usually around 30-40 minutes. I also couldn’t find tomatillos at my store so I used poblano peppers and they were delicious for the salsa! Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Veena May 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

    i am definetaly going to try out this recipe for sure…the brows rice color looks amazing..

  • Reply Mallory April 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I love all of the colors going on here. What a beautiful but simple dish!

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