Making food for the family isn’t always about the cooking aspect. Sometimes it’s about the comfort factor or just being family favorites. Sometimes it’s about getting the right flavor that everyone will love with minimum fuss. Such is the case with this, which should be filed under the category of ridiculously easy. Really.
This rice bowl all started with a ripe avocado. It was perfect. Creamy. Easy to peel and chop. The kids and I eat a lot of avocados. We love ’em. So, they top our sandwiches, tacos, nachos and more. They get sliced with eggs and mashed to be served with chicken or chips.
Once I started reasoning it out, it came together fast: perfectly cooked rice, chopped precooked chicken, fresh red bell peppers … and the creamy avocado. It’s a variety of textures, colors and flavors. It’s a layered dish, seasoned only with salt — or spicy salt.
Sometimes all you need is naturally flavorful food, paired well together.
What do you think? Does a dish need a lot of seasoning to be delicious? Or can natural flavors be perfect?
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 1 lb grilled chicken, diced (I used Trader Joe's frozen Just Chicken)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 Hass avocado, diced
- sea salt or spicy sea salt
- Scoop one cup of rice into each of four bowls.
- Top with diced chicken, diced red pepper and diced avocado.
- Sprinkle liberally with sea salt or spicy sea salt. Serve.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.