Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls

Never tried adzuki beans? This yummy bowl is the perfect way to use them. And don't worry, if you can't find adzuki beans, black beans work here too.

Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls

Hi, my name is Jeanine, and I’ve been an Instagram addict from the beginning. I love seeing what’s going in on other people’s lives, what they’re making, and most of all drooling over delicious looking food that I want to eat right through the screen.

Someone who I’ve loved following is Lindsay Maitland Hunt while she was working on her cookbook Healthyish. It felt like I would always see her photos right before lunch or a few hours before dinner, and I’d just salivate. Her food looks not only so delicious, but it’s also the kind of approachable, real life, I-can-make-that-too, kind of food that I always want to have right in front of me at any time of day. So, needless to say, I’m so excited to talk about (and cook from) her book! If you’re not familiar with Lindsay’s work, she was an editor and recipe developer at Real Simple Magazine and Buzzfeed. She’s created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks.

At the beginning of the book she talks about her Healthyish balanced approach to eating which I totally relate to – “I’ve oscillated between extremes my entire life, whether it was eating a greasy grilled cheese or eating a boring bowl of steamed vegetables. But seesawing between the two isn’t how you achieve balance. Healthyish is eating a big, hearty bowl of food that doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down. Food that makes you feel good, and not sad.”

Adzuki beans, veggies, and rice in bowls

The recipes are a mix of really-healthy and mostly-healthy recipes, hence the name. The book is not entirely vegetarian but there are SO MANY vegetarian recipes, especially in the section that’s titled Vegetarian Dinners. I have my eye on the Linguine with Trumpet Mushroom “Scallops” and the Smoky Cauliflower and Onion Frittata.

Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls

And now… about these healthy bowls with adzuki beans!

We made these Adzuki Bean Bowls the other night (very healthy without the “ish”), and they are simply delicious. You start by tossing together a simple napa cabbage, snap pea, and carrot slaw and piling it over adzuki beans and brown rice. Then, drizzle a yummy sesame miso dressing over the whole thing. It’s hearty yet light, crunchy, and so so delicious. I just love bowls like this!

If you can’t find adzuki beans, black beans sub in well here. And if you want to switch around your rice – try cauliflower rice!

Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls from Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

You can buy the Healthyish Cookbook here, I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you love these bowls with adzuki beans…

Try this one with quinoa + sweet potato, this one with black beans and mango, or this noodle bowl!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls from Healthy-ish

This recipe comes from Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.
Recipe type: Main dish
Serves: 4
  • ½ large Napa cabbage head, sliced (6½ cups)
  • 3 small carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, more for serving
  • ½ cup Toasted Sesame and Miso Dressing (below)
  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, more for serving
  • 1 can adzuki or small read beans, rinsed
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 small fresh red chile, sliced
Toasted Sesame and Miso Dressing (makes 1 cup, you will have extra)
  • ¼ cup white miso
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup canola oil (I used olive oil)
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce (I used tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While it comes to a boil, mix the cabbage, carrots, snap peas, and sesame seeds in a large bowl with ¼ cup of the dressing. Use your hands to make sure everything gets evenly coated, or use a spatula. Set aside and toss occasionally.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the rice and 1 tablespoon salt. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the rice is just tender, 22 to 26 minutes. Drain.
  3. Just before serving, fold the cilantro in the cabbage salad. Divid the rice, cabbage salad, beans, and avocados among four bowls. Drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup dressing, and sprinkle with the chile and more cilantro and sesame seeds, if you like.
Use any remaining dressing for a salad for another day, it's delicious!


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  1. Lois

    This can’t really have a tablespoon of salt added to the rice can it? Seems like a lot.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      The rice is boiled like pasta in pasta water, so you’re not consuming that much salt – just a different method of cooking rice. Hope that clarifies things!

  2. Well, your food is the kind of approachable, real life, I-can-make-that food as well. So I can see why you’re drawn to Lindsay’s style. I love the idea to cook rice like pasta – takes all the guess work out of it. And that miso dressing combined with the crunchy veggies and adzuki beans sound wonderful!

  3. This sounds like an awesome winter bowl. A little fresh and crunchy but still using lots of winter veg! The book looks great, too, I’ve been hearing so much about it.

  4. Gaby Dalkin

    YESSS! Such a jam-packed bowl!!

  5. Rachel

    Hi! This sounds so good and fresh. Do you not cook the cabbage and sugar snap peas? Is it because they ‘pickle’ in the dressing? If so, could you add bok choy in the same way or would you recommend a quick cook on that first?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      It’s not cooked, they’re just fresh, crisp and raw and they soak up the dressing nicely. I’ve made raw bok choy salads before – slice the stem part pretty thin and let it sit in the dressing for a few extra minutes. I hope that helps!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      if you preferred to lightly steam or saute the bok choy, that would be delicious as well – the recipe is flexible enough, either way would be fine.

  6. Rachel

    Thanks for both replies – I have not made a raw salad before so I wasn’t sure. Will be trying this over the weekend. xx

  7. Kelly

    Any recipe that calls for sugar snap peas is usually a win for me. I just love those things. And it’s even got advocado to boot!

  8. Delicious recipe! Love the red Beans and Soy sauce. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kelly

    DELISH! My boyfriend, who claims to not like beans or cabbage, raves about this and said he could eat it every night. Our toddler even took a few bites out of my bowl!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay, I’m so glad it was such a big hit! I could eat these every day too 🙂

  10. Jessica

    Can all of this (except the avocado) be prepared the night before?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jessica – it can – the cabbage part will get a little watery (and will look less pretty), but I ate this on the second day and still thought it was super delicious. If you wanted to prep it for multiple days to come, I would just store the dressing separately from the vegetables.

  11. Amelia West

    I liked this recipe but we didn’t like the dressing. It was so salty and kind of bitter.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      It’s definitely salty on it’s own, but I thought Lindsay’s dressing covered and seasoned the large amount of cabbage, veggies, and un-seasoned beans nicely.

  12. Emily Marie Weston

    Looks amazing! I’m going to make today.
    Where is the recipe how to prepare the adzuki beans?
    I can’t find a good one that I love…

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