Valentine’s Day, Take 2 – Recipe: Rice Bowl


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So, we kind of continued Valentine’s Day last night.  But, it was a quickie.


Ethan came home from school with a fever, and Gabriel’s temperature had risen back to 103.8, even with Motrin and Tylenol all day.

They were all excited about presents, though, so we wanted to give them their Valentines.



And, it was so worth the smiles of appreciation.



It was over in a flash, and then Gabriel and Ethan went back to resting and recovering.


Summer, being the first one to get sick, is now all healthy and enjoyed some extra cuddles with Papa.


And me…I got a bread maker from my sweeter than sweet husband.  While I do love baking homemade bread, I do not always have the time to go through all of the steps.  He knows how much I dislike buying things that I can make myself.  So, he bought me a very thoughtful present to help me save some time but still make fresh food for my family.  I am blessed beyond words.


The past few days have been interesting, to say the least.  Would it be bad for me to admit that I love having my littles at home, even if it is because of a sick day.  I love having little pallets on the floor, rocking littles, and making sure that they have everything that they need.  I loved hearing two of them come into my bedroom this morning, finding the third on a pallet on the floor, and quickly going to get their pillows and blankets so that they could join him.  No, being sick is not good or fun, and it is often a bit scary.  But, when I know that they are going to be okay, I love taking care of them.  It is one of the joys of being a momma.



This Rice Bowl is perfect for those days when preparing a lavish dinner just is not an option.  It all starts with a fresh pot of beans, and all of the toppings are quick and easy to throw together, too.  It is a quick, easy, nutritious meal, one that gives me the energy to keep rocking babies, taking temperatures, giving out medicine….and enjoying every second of it.

Rice Bowl

Rice Bowl


Rice, cooked

Pinto beans

Avocado, diced



Lime juice


  1. Cook a fresh pot of beans.
  2. Prepare rice in a rice cooker (remember we are going for quick and easy here).
  3. Dice avocado.
  4. Cut cilantro.
  5. Prepare fresh salsa (or use what you have in your refrigerator...because having fresh salsa in your refrigerator is a requirement in Texas)
  6. Once everything is ready, add rice to a plate or bowl.
  7. Top with beans. I used pinto but black beans would also be great.
  8. Add avocado, cilantro, and salsa.
  9. Squeeze lime juice over the top.

This is so quick and easy that it hardly constitutes being called a recipe.  But, we love it, and I am hoping that you will, too.

I shared this recipe at A Little Nosh, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, It’s a Keeper, Fireflies and Jellybeans and Domesblissity.

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7 Responses to Valentine’s Day, Take 2 – Recipe: Rice Bowl

  1. sandy says:

    Thanks for the rice bowl ideal. I have all of these ingredients in my frig. I will be having this over the weekend. I have a long weekend that starts in 25 minutes. Can’s wait.
    Hope everyone is on the way to recovery and you have a pleasant weekend.

    • I hope that you enjoy your rice bowl for lunch. It always makes me smile when the woman who has inspired me to be a good cook, wife, and mom wants to make one of my recipe creations. 🙂 Happy Friday!!

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  3. Aggie says:

    Oh hope both your boys feel better quick!! I feel the same when my littles are home sick, now that they are in school I enjoy the extra snuggle time 🙂

    This rice bowl is my kind of food!! I could eat this everyday. Delicious!

    • Thank you, Aggie. They are both much better today. Some times a few days at home is just necessary. 🙂

      Agreed on the rice bowl. Much like a salad, it is just so versatile and yummy.

  4. Miz Helen says:

    What a great time they had with the special things you do for your children, they are just precious! I would just love your Rice Bowl, it looks awesome.
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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