Saturday, July 10, 2010
If you are one of those people who say "Oh I love brown rice," then this blog is not for you. Try eating it 3 or 4 times a week, and then get back to me. It really doesn't get any more boring when it comes to brown rice. SORRY BR, but its true; your lifeless, dull, chewy texture really turns people away – no offense.
Being on a restricted diet is never easy... With that being said it doesn't have to suck either. Eating right is all about balance. You need the right amount of carbs, protein, fat etc, to make your body work at its fullest potential. It is time to compromise and look at the bright side- there couldn't be a better time of year to enjoy Mother Nature’s gems! Adding fruits and or veggies to whole grain starches is a great way to create a cold salad for these hot summer afternoon BBQs. This particular recipe is a great way to incorporate some wholesome goodness into the everyday lackluster BBQ menu.
Here's a dish to liven up the sad sap of rice and possibly give your menu a Cuban makeover. Start thinking Roasted Pork Taco’s, Mango Margaritas, it’s that signature summer dish where guest and family will say, "PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MOOORRREE!" . . .
Cold Summer Black Bean Rice
1 cup cooked brown rice (steam in bag) or reg. chilled over night
- hint if making from scratch use chicken stock of bouillon cube, it gives rice extra flavor
2 yellow peppers diced
1 can black bean rinsed and drained
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
1 cup sweet yellow corn, (steam in a bag) or fresh
1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered, super sweet and fresh this July!
1/2 red onion minced (optional)
1/2 lemon juice and zest
1/2 lime juice and zest
2 tbs orange blossom honey
2-3 tbs EVOO
2 tbs red wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper TT
Directions: Cook rice and chill overnight. HINT: I added to cubes of frozen Dorot (Trader Joe's) Cilantro at the end of the cooking to give the rice extra flavor. Marinate rest of ingredients with dressing in separate bowl overnight leaving the tomatoes out until you are ready to serve.
Next day or when chilled add all ingredients to big bowl (tomatoes too) slowly stirring in brown rice to break of kernels or balls that formed from chilling. Add more seasoning, perhaps more cilantro, or lime or lemon, or maybe even some Tabasco as well. Enjoy this fiesta in a bowl!