Bol Provincial


Last night, doing my favorite "make up a recipe that fits my CSA box ingredients" I started to make what I thought was going to be a great vegetarian soup. What I ended up with was ANOTHER buddha bowl! (If you follow my instagram, you will find that I have a problem.) I can't break the addiction even when I try! But I'm so glad because it is so much more interesting than the other BBowls I have been making as of late- AND IT'S VEGAN! So many wins. 

(I got a little antsy, the quinoa mayyyy not be totally cooked...not the best for digestion. Whoops :) 

(I got a little antsy, the quinoa mayyyy not be totally cooked...not the best for digestion. Whoops :) 

Came through in the clutch! 

Came through in the clutch! 

I don't typically do several grains- but I have been out of my bulk grains since we were in Colorado last week and had this Near East brand quinoa blend that my boo had accidentally bought. It's really easy and the rice is pre-cooked, so you don't have to wait forever for the rice to be ready. {Side note, if you buy the blend, don't use the spice blend. It has soy and gluten in the spices (why?) - and it will mess up this recipe's flavor. If you don't use the blend, I would go straight quinoa or minute rice in the same quantity.}

Long story short, I ended up making these amazing caramelized onions, and I knew that broth would ruin their perfected sweet and savory flavor. Solution: I skipped broth and made a bowl instead. Ah comme ci comme ça. The beans make this dish hearty and filling - and hello protein! I was able to use the herbs from my garden which gave the bowl freshness and gave me so much joy! It has this simple, rustic flavor that made me feel like I was not in the city of Chicago, but in the French countryside sipping red wine and overlooking fields of lavender, thus the name. 

Without further ado, recipe below. Bon appetit!  

Bol Provincial

serves 2


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 3 onions (I used 1 sweet and 2 red), chopped
  • 5 small carrots, sliced
  • 1/3 cups dry quinoa and brown rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • Sprinkle of Herbs de Provence 
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary 
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 8 large basil leaves, chopped


In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium heat, add onions and carrots. Stir occasionally until onions are browned. Add herbs de Provence (use enough to cover the carrots and onions, rosemary and balsamic. Let simmer until qrains are finished cooking. 

While onions and carrots are cooking, bring quinoa rice mixture to a boil. Boil gently for 19-22 minutes until water is absorbed. 

Add cooked grains to the the large pot, mix together. Add beans and basil leaves and mix again. Serve warm!