20 Minute Dinner Recipe – Brown Rice Salad with Peanut Sauce

Hello from the sky! I’m on a plane on the way to San Francisco. Another day, another flight.


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Sadly, I had to say good-bye to Florida today. It was very very very nice while it lasted though…

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Running pose in the water. Because no one is around and I’m incapable of acting cool.



And now I’m on a plane reading Eat, Pray, Love – or as I call it, “White Girl Problems Part II”. We’ll discuss later.

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Before I forget – I wanted to share this healthy vegetarian, gluten free, happy happy recipe for Brown Rice Salad. I made it the other night and can’t wait to recreate it. This is a super easy summer-y dish that can be served cold, room temp or piping hot. brown rice peanut salad Brown Rice Salad with Peanut Sauce {vegetarian. gluten free. food.}

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Brown Rice Salad with Peanut Sauce


2 packages microwave brown rice (or the quick cook kind)

1 can beans of your choice – except jelly beans

1 can green peas

1 package Asian slaw mix

1/2 cup peanuts

1 cup peanut dressing – I used that Tamari *Gluten Free sauce below

Sriracha – optional, kinda.

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Directions: Make brown rice according to package directions. Mix all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let set an hour or more (you can make this the day before and stir before serving).

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BONUS: The next day I cooked it up with eggs and extra coconut aminos (like soy sauce) to make a brown rice stir-fry! *Note: soy sauce has gluten, so use a substitute if needed.

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Question: What are you having for dinner?

I’m having a salad I packed and 2 Quest bars. Maybe three.


  1. says

    Hi Monica.
    Just popping in to say that I discovered your blog about a week ago and I love it! You are an inspiration, I admire your running skills and love your yummy food pics. I even made a post about it on my own little blog. I hope you don’t mind 😀 I’m not a creeper I swear.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Alyssa says

    Funny thing, I ALSO called that book the same name. I couldn’t even get to the LOVE part. I. am .sorry., I cannot feel bad for a woman that has the opportunity to go on a funded trip around the damn world. She’s sad, LIFE HURTS get a helmet. I am not trying to be unkind, but I just couldn’t believe in her #StrugglePartyOfOne mentality. lol

  3. says

    such a fan of Quest bars. the cinnamon roll is my fave. my dinners are soooo all over the place — i rarely ever cook and really need to more. i have a lot of salads!

  4. says

    Leftover shrimp & pasta from last night’s 19th wedding anniversary dinner. Which is perfect because I need to start carb loading for my next race anyway!

  5. says

    Supper yesterday was 2 hard-boiled eggs and chocolate milk from a gas station after my run and then a couple pieces of pizza when I got home (at 8:30). Long day, lotta miles. Thankfully I fueled during the day!

  6. Meredith says

    Thank you for the quick and easy weeknight dinner! I’ve made this twice in the past two weeks and it’s awesome! I omitted the peas the second time and doubled up on the asian slaw. Such a great idea for a refreshing summer meal, thank you:)

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