Quick and Simple Pork Rice Bowl

A rice bowl is a quick and simple dish that should take no more than 30 minutes to prepare on a busy weeknight and can be made with common ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator.

Today’s version of the rice bowl uses yellow rice and pork as the main ingredients, but it’s easy to substitute any meat and toppings of your choosing with similar results.


What You’ll Need for your Rice Bowl

These quantities will make enough for about 4-6 people:

  • 1 pound Vigo yellow rice
  • 8 tbsp butter for yellow rice
  • 2 pounds pork loin backribs or your choice of pork, trimmed and cubed into 1/2″ cubes
  • 15.25 oz can of sweet corn
  • head of lettuce of choice, cut into strips
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely diced
  • 1-2 cups of shredded motzarella or your cheese of choice
  • 1 pound of tomatoes, diced
  • vegetable oil

Preparing Your Rice Bowl

  1. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package (I use 8 tbsp of butter but you can also add oil or margarine).
  2. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 5 minutes. Add the pork and stir every minute or so until the onions and pork are cooked through.
  3. While the other two items are cooking, prepare the remaining toppings and lay them out on a serving platter.

That’s it! The resulting dish is a delicious and filling mix of starch, meat and vegetables that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for most families.

Suggested substitutions for the pork include beef and chicken (I would use stir-fry chunks and white breast meat, respectively). You can also used different parts of the pig to make a pulled pork, rather than the cubes I chose to make today.

On the toppings, you can really go wild, but popular others include sauteed peppers, mushrooms, other types of cheeses, parsley, and more.

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