Spanish Style Nourish Bowl with Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce

This quick to make nourish bowl is packed full of raw and cooked veggies,  plant-based protein and it's drizzled with our homemade vegan "cheese" sauce. It makes for a simple weeknight dinner and will satisfy your cravings for comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan, Gluten Free, Latin-Inspired, plant-based
Keyword whole food plant-based
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Active Vegetarian


  • 3 cups arugula
  • 2 cups  baby spinach
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup whole grain rice
  • 1 Tbls coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt


  1. Soak rice and lentils for at least 30 min (but preferably 8 hours or overnight*
  2. Drain and rinse the rice and lentils and add them to a medium pot on high heat with 1 1/2 cups water . Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, with the lid partially covered. Cooked until all water absorbed and al dente, about 30 min. Note: if the rice and lentils have cooked and are al dente but some liquid remains, simply drain the liquid and let sit on low heat without a lid to allow the excess moisture to evaporate.
  3. While rice and lentils are cooking prepare your saute veggies. Add coconut oil and chopped bell peppers to a medium pan and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes, stirring and adding 1 Tbsp water as needed to prevent burning. Add smoked paprika and salt and continue to stir (and add water as needed) for another 2 minutes. Add spiralized zucchini and spinach gently mix it all together and continue to cook for only 1 more minute then remove from heat.
  4. Prepare your dressing of choice (find a recipe for Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce below)


  1. Divide the fresh arugula, cilantro, and tomatoes among the bowls. Top each with 1/2-1 cup cooked rice and lentils and a generous amount of sauteed veggies
  2. Drizzle with vegan cheese sauce. Enjoy!

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