15-Minute Romaine Rice Boats - Gillan Elizabeth
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15-Minute Rice Boats - Gillian Elizabeth - www.GillianElizabethWellness.com

15-Minute Romaine Rice Boats

The other day I was craving Jamaican style rice and peas. I don’t know why, but this is what my body was telling me it wanted. I didn’t have exactly the right ingredients so I began looking around my kitchen and ended up making these 15-minute rice boats. The first night that I created this recipe I ate the entire pot. Inevitably, when I re-made it two more times in a matter of days I made sure to increase the amount of ingredients. It is so satisfying.

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This recipe features:



& Corn.

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Zucchini is amazing for the heart centre. This vegetable has anti-inflammatory properties that can improve heart health. It is also high in potassium, high in energizing B vitamins, helps to improve digestion, and helps to balance thyroid and adrenal function.

Thyme is a beautiful herb. I rarely use it but it is the main herb in Jamaican rice and peas so I suppose my body was in need of some of the amazing benefits it holds. Thyme is an energizing essence, that helps to develop patience, focus, and open up your consciousness to explore the past and future. It also helps to relax the body in times of stress.

I rarely eat corn because I don’t believe it gives me many benefits. Humans can’t digest the outer shell of corn at all. But on this occasion I was drawn to it. The essence of corn helps to cleanse the emotional body and see our emotions more clearly, as well as balance the feminine and masculine energy within ourselves. It balances the solar plexus chakra which is related to owning your worth.
The main theme with all of these ingredients is that they help with stress. They help to ease the body, mind, and soul to bring about an inner sense of clarity and calmness.
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This recipe is simple, requiring just 15 minutes to prepare. The fun part about this romaine rice boat recipe is that you can customize the dressing and toppings to your liking. You can also make it into a bowl to take it on the go.

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These romaine rice boats are:

& Full of flavour!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and rate it below. Share a picture with me on Instagram @gillianelizab3th.

15-Minute Rice Boats - Gillian Elizabeth - www.GillianElizabethWellness.com

15-Minute Romaine Rice Boats
Recipe type: Snack, Lunch, Entrée, Salad, Dinner, Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
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Serves: approx. 5 cups filling
These romaine rice boats are perfect for a quick and nutritious meal. You can customize to your liking and enjoy in a bowl for an on the go (or less messy) option.
  • 1-2 heads romaine lettuce, separated into individual leaves
  • ½ cup rice, dried
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 zucchinis, chopped into ¾-inch pieces
  • ¾ teaspoon thyme, dried
  • Pink Himalayan salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup corn, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons water*
  • ½ cup black or kidney beans
  • Diced tomato, to serve
  • Lime, to taste
  • Salsa, to serve
  1. Cook rice as directed.
  2. While the rice is cooking heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the oil is heated add the onion, cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Then add the zucchini, thyme, salt, and pepper and then continue cooking for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the corn and 2 tablespoons of water. Simmer, allowing water to cook off, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Once the rice is done cooking fluff with a fork and stir in the zucchini mixture and the black beans.
  7. Spoon mixture into the romaine leaves with chopped tomato, lime juice, and salsa to serve.
  8. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
*You can use vegetable stock instead for added flavour.


  • Janie
    Posted at 08:09h, 01 March Reply

    What a great recipe! Easy to make and full of fresh flavors, thanks!!

    • Gillian
      Posted at 16:26h, 01 March Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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