Forbidden Paradise Rice Salad
Adding whole grains to your diet offer wonderful fiber and they are full of nutrients that help protect our cells from aging. I used to think grains made me gain weight. What I discovered is that whole grains, rather than flours, are much easier to digest. I know lots of folks, especially women over 40 are convinced that grains are the anti-weightloss food. If you are one of those people, I would encourage you to experiment with different kinds, unless of course, you have been advised by your doctor.
Whole grains might not be something you eat everyday, but adding them in every few days can actually help cleanse fat, rev up your metabolism, feed the healthy bacteria, flush unwanted parasites, and help steady your blood sugar. The best time to eat them is for dinner, as they also help produce serotonin which converts to tryptophan and will help you sleep.
Below is one of my current favorite rice dishes. Its gorgeous black color is a stunning background for colorful vegetables. It can be eaten warm or mixed into a green salad. As a general rule, I recommend eating grains with veggies, not with dense animal proteins as it will be harder to digest both the protein and starch together in one meal.
1 ½ Cups Black Rice, soak overnight to reduce cooking time to a few mins.
Kombu or Dulse to add to your cooking rice for added minerals, optional
1 C Fresh Chopped Basil
½ C Chopped Cilantro
1/4 C Chopped Fresh Mint
1-2 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
½ C Hemp Seed
1 T Ume Plum Vinegar
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Clove pressed or minced garlic
½ tsp Minced Fresh Ginger
½ C Extra Virgin Olive Oil or melted Coconut Oil
1 C Chopped red or yellow pepper
1 C Jicama, cubed
Sprinkle with chopped Thai Spiced Cashews roasted from Trader Joes or roasted peanuts, optional
Salt to Taste
Sprinkle in some dried red chili flakes to taste
2 T. Cultured Veggies, Optional
- After rice soaks overnight most of the water will be absorbed. Pour off excess water.
- Then, add back the same amount of fresh water that you drained off. Should be about ½ to 1 Cup of water.
- Bring to a boil, then steam on low for 5-6 mins. And, as an optional recommendation, add Kombu or Dulse to the steaming rice to release ocean minerals into your grains. Kombu is easily removed after cooking. The Dulse just gets stirred into the rice when it is done.
- Mix cooled cooked rice with hemp, vinegars, basil, cilantro, garlic, salt, jicama, and oils together. Sprinkle the peppers and cashews on top as garnish.
- Add some avocado. Then finally, drizzle a bit of olive oil and balsamic, or your favorite dressing over the top. Serve warm or cold as a main salad or side dish. Delish!