Sautéed, seasoned vegetables and soy curls are served with cilantro rice and fresh avocado for a tasty, easy-to-make Vegan fajita recipe!

 

Looking for a protein-packed Mexican-inspired dish that fits your vegan diet? With these vegetable fajita bowls, you’re in for a treat!

Making Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl is one of my favorite ways of enjoying Mexican food at home. It’s easy to prepare and very delicious. It is also one of those dishes that meat-eaters enjoy! 

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When a lot of vegetables are in the fridge that has to be used up, I love preparing these bowls. They’re naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but with a few simple adjustments, they can also be made paleo, low-carb, and keto-friendly! Whatever your dietary restrictions, these vegetarian bowls will become a go-to lunch or supper choice.

Vegan fajita rice bowls are less expensive and are packed with vitamins and minerals. It can be used as a weight-loss meal, a nutritious dinner option, or simply a cost-effective meal. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this tasty fajita recipe.

This version of a delicious vegan fajita bowl recipe uses Soy Curls instead of chicken. You can simply customize them with your favorite vegetables and protein.

In this bowl, the fajita is served on brown rice rather than tortilla bread, which makes it gluten-free. As a result, this recipe is made entirely of natural ingredients and spices, and it’s ideal for a plant-based, low-fat diet. Additional toppings can be added to the meal.

Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl

What Exactly Are Fajitas?

The name fajita usually refers to a dish in which a tortilla is topped with sautéed steak, salsa, and sour cream.

While the traditional recipe contains meat, there are several alternatives for vegetarian and vegan fajitas. Here I am going to show you how to make a fantastic vegan fajita bowl made with cilantro rice, seasoned soy curls, and delectable fajita vegetables.

The History Of Fajitas

The origins of fajitas are unclear. However, it is thought that Mexican cowboys in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley originated them. They first appeared on restaurant menus in the 1960s, and their popularity has continued to rise ever since.

Warm tortillas containing steak, pico de gallo, guacamole, and grated cheese were offered by one early fajita seller (Otilia Garza’s Round-Up Restaurant). Adding peppers and onions to food isn’t clear, but that’s the way we usually see them served. Unlike the original recipe, ours is a plant-based version.

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Fajita Recipe

  • Our fajitas are loaded with a variety of vegetables and spices. They will tempt your taste senses and convince even the pickiest eaters to consume their vegetables. You’ll also appreciate the fact that this dish is naturally vegan. If you’re not vegan, however, you will also enjoy it.
  • You have complete control over what goes into these because they are made at home. If you choose, you can add more vegetables or skip some of our ideas without changing the recipe.
  • Vitamins and Nutrients: I’ll never grow weary of eating delicious cuisine that’s also high in nutrients. It’s hard to believe how much excellent stuff is crammed into this meal. The following is a list of what you’ll receive with each serving: Calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, folate, zinc, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, and other nutrients are all beneficial.

Will Your Kids Like These Fajitas?

It will be a hit with your kids if you serve it with bell peppers, cilantro rice, and baked seasoned soy curls.  When onions and peppers are caramelized, they become a lot sweeter, which is always a good thing for children.

It’s better to cut the vegetables into “bite-sized” pieces rather than slice the vegetables and cook them for a little longer so they’re easier to eat. I cut vegetables into strips.  If your children are spice-sensitive, simply lower the amount of spice and used it as needed. Select vegetables that your picky child will enjoy (or dice them finely so they mix in with the soy curls and rice!)

soycurls

What Are Soy Curls?

Soy curls are delicious and they are the perfect meat alternative. They are one of the healthiest on the market as well.

Soy Curls are made from whole soybeans which include all the fiber, unlike most meat alternative products on the market that are made from isolated soy protein or just many obscure ingredients, many of which are hard to pronounce.

Soy curls have a texture that is similar to chicken, making it one of the best and most natural chicken alternatives that I have prepared. They are also gluten-free.

I don’t prepare them often because it is not as mainstream. I recently bought a pack at a vegan restaurant while we were away in Tampa, I was so excited because I hadn’t seen it since I moved here from Ohio almost a year ago.

 

Butler Soy curls can be bought directly from this company or online. You can use it as a substitute for chicken, after rehydrating it in warm water.

I also include a homemade fajita seasoning mix recipe, which has none of the dangerous additives found in commercial brands.

I enjoyed it served with cilantro brown rice, and lots of veggies including bell peppers, avocados, and tomatoes. You can substitute your favorite veggies.

fajita-bell

How To Make Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl?

  1. Prepare Cilantro Brown Rice: rinse rice and drain, add water, garlic and salt. Cook until rice is tender, add lime juice, cilantro, and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Soak soy curls in warm water, drain and add the seasonings.
  3. Place soy curls on a prepared baking sheet in a preheated oven until golden brown.
  4. Saute the vegetables.
  5. To serve, divide rice, soy curls, sauteed veggies, avocados, and tomatoes, and place them into the bowls. Garnish with cilantro.

How To Serve This Vegan Fajita Recipe?

Rice: I prefer to serve my fajitas with brown rice and soy curls to make this recipe even more satisfying, as already said.

Beans: You may also serve refried or black beans alongside the soy curls and vegetables.

Tortillas: You can use gluten-free soft taco shells. However, you may use any tortillas you want – wheat, corn, etc.

Grilled Vegetables: If you’re grilling these vegan fajitas, keep some extra veggies on hand for a nutritious grilled side dish!

Reheating And Storing Leftovers

If you think you’ll have leftovers, don’t put all of the bowls together.  It’s preferable to keep each item separate in the fridge in an airtight container. I think it’s best to build and eat your bowls within two or three days of making them.

As soon as you’re ready to put the bowls together, heat the roasted vegetables, soy curls, and brown rice in the microwave. Heat each component for 15-20 seconds at 50% power until it is fully heated. Then assemble your bowls and get ready to eat!

Pro Tips

  • To speed things along, you can use pre-cut vegetables or frozen peppers. Many supermarkets sell pre-cut fajita vegetables that just need to be cooked.
  • Pre-cut frozen onions are also available in some stores. Bring a bag and keep it in the freezer for when you really need a quick and simple meal!
  • Everything should be cut into long, thin strips. This way, the food will cook more evenly and caramelize better.
  • If you’re on a grain-free or keto diet, you can use cauliflower rice instead of brown rice. You can also try riced broccoli, which is a diet-friendly option.
  • Before adding the Butler’s Soy Curls to the fajita, season and baked them; do not neglect this step; it provides the greatest results in the end.
  • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice.
  • Reheating And Storing Leftovers

    If you think you’ll have leftovers, don’t put all of the bowls together.  It’s preferable to keep each item separate in the fridge in an airtight container. I think it’s best to build and eat your bowls within two or three days of making them.

    As soon as you’re ready to put the bowls together, heat the roasted vegetables, soy curls, and brown rice in the microwave. Heat each component for 15-20 seconds at 50% power until it is fully heated. Then assemble your bowls and get ready to eat!

    Pro Tips

    • To speed things along, you can use pre-cut vegetables or frozen peppers. Many supermarkets sell pre-cut fajita vegetables that just need to be cooked.
    • Pre-cut frozen onions are also available in some stores. Bring a bag and keep it in the freezer for when you really need a quick and simple meal!
    • Everything should be cut into long, thin strips. This way, the food will cook more evenly and caramelize better.
    • If you’re on a grain-free or keto diet, you can use cauliflower rice instead of brown rice. You can also try riced broccoli, which is a diet-friendly option.
    • Before adding the Butler’s Soy Curls to the fajita, season and baked them; do not neglect this step; it provides the greatest results in the end.
    • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice.

    Other Butler Soy Curls Recipes

     

Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Are These Vegan fajita Bowls Freezers Friendly?

Yes! Everything in these bowls is freezer-friendly for up to three months. Just make sure the storage containers you use are freezer-safe and save each component separately. Thaw frozen rice, soy curls, and vegetables in the refrigerator before reheating and/or making the bowls.

What Can You Use In Place Of Peppers In Fajitas?

In fajitas, what can I substitute for peppers? If you don’t like peppers try using zucchini, mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, and Butternut Squash, in their place. They’ll be a terrific substitute with the fajita seasonings added!

How Do You Make These Fajitas Spicy?

These fajitas have a mild spicy flavor. If you prefer your fajitas particularly hot, turn up the heat. Extra cayenne, jalapenos, or red pepper flakes are all good additions. All three selections are delicious and will spice up your dinner.

What’s The Difference Between A Fajita And A Taco?

As the Random House Dictionary of 2016 puts it, “fajita” means “little sash.” It is the diminutive of “faja,” which means “belt, strip, or band.” A taco is a tortilla that has been folded in half and filled with meat, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese.

Do I Have To Use An Oven?

Yes, you need it to bake your soy curls. However, you can use a cast-iron skillet to cook it. When the oil is hot, add the soy curls and sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are crisp.

Even though this method is quicker than using an oven, you’ll have to stand over the stove and monitor the process closely.

Are Soy Curls Healthy?

Soy curls are typically seen to be beneficial to one’s health. They’re prepared with non-GMO, whole soybeans that haven’t been treated with pesticides, preservatives, or other chemicals. Iron, Protein, fiber, and potassium are all abundant in them. Despite the fact that soy curls are typically healthful, they may be flavored with oil, pepper, salt, or sugar, which reduces the nutritional value of the product.

Are Soy Curls Like Tofu?

Butler Foods is the only firm that makes soy curls, which are a patented meat alternative. These protein-packed strips differ from soy products such as tofu and tempeh in that they are minimally processed.

Are Soy Curls The Same As TVP?

Soy curls and TVP are both meat alternatives made from soy. Soy curls, on the other hand, employ the entire soybean, whereas TVP is much more processed. TVP comes in small chunks or bits, whereas soy curls are larger strips that resemble chicken strips.

Is There Something I Can Use Instead Of Soy Curls?

Tofu, seitan, chickpeas, or the other vegan chicken replacement can be used instead of soy curls.

Where Can I Find Soy Curls?

Soy curls can be available in specialty stores such as Whole Foods Market, Natural Health Markets, and Sprouts. You can also buy them online.

 

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Vegan fajita recipe

Vegan fajita recipe

This Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl has delicious and colorful sauteed veggies served with cilantro brown rice and protein-packed soy curls.
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan fajita recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 49 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 319kcal

Ingredients

Cilantro Brown Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Seasoned Soy Curls

  • 2 cups Soy Curls™
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper optional
  • sea salt to taste

Vegetables

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion cut in slices
  • 1/4 medium yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/4 medium red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/4 medium orange bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved

Instructions

For The Cilantro Brown Rice

  • Rinse rice using a fine mesh strainer,
  • Place rice in a medium pot with water, garlic, and salt.
  • Bring to boil, cover pot and reduce heat to low. Meanwhile, prepare Veggie Fajita.
  • Cook for about 45- 50 minutes, may need to add extra water.
  • Fluff with fork and stir in lime juice and cilantro

For The Seasoned Soy Curls

  • To prepare soy curls, preheat oven 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place soy curls in a medium bowl with warm water. Soak for 10 minutes
  • Drain soy curls using a fine mesh strainer, squeezing out excess liquid. Discard liquid.
  • Transfer soy curls to a bowl and add oregano, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika,yeast flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste.
  • Spread Soy Curls on a greased parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and set aside.

To Prepare The Vegetables

  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Add onion and bell peppers. Cook until onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a dish.
  • To serve, divide rice, soy curls, sauteed veggies, avocados, tomatoes, and place into the bowls. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg