To celebrate this spooky day I thought I’d turn my attention to black rice – the mysterious cousin to regular brown or white rice varieties.
So what is black rice? Well, it’s a type of rice, obviously, but due to its deep purple-y black colour, it’s said to be the healthiest rice on rice street. When rice is processed, the outer layer is removed, taking with it many important nutrients. So, while brown rice is better than white rice, it’s black rice that really takes the prize as it’s packed with anthocyanins – a type of antioxidant that’s also found in blueberries, purple grapes, acai berries, raspberries, blackberries and more.
As the majority of nutrients are found in the bran of the rice, look for wholegrain varieties to ensure all the goodness is still in tact. It’s in the bran that you’ll also find all the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fibre that will help boost your health.
So, now you know what to look for, let’s play with some ideas on how to make it…
1. Breakfast: Black Rice Porridge With Banana, Coconut Milk and Activated Nuts
For Two Hungry People You’ll need…
1/2 x cup of black wholegrain rice
2 x cups of water
2 x cups of coconut milk
1 x handful of almonds
1 x banana or fruit of your liking
1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan rock salt
And here’s what you need to do…
Step 1: Prepare your nuts the day before. You can activate a huge pile of nuts in advance and use them to garnish your porridge. Simply soak your nuts (I like activated almonds) overnight in water and a little bit of rock salt to breakdown the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that make digestion hard on the body. In the morning, drain the water and spread nuts out on a baking tray and place in the oven on the LOWEST possible setting (60C) to dry out. Once done, remove from the oven and spread on your porridge. Store the rest of the nuts in an airtight container.
Step 2: Soak and rinse your rice. Then, cook per the packet instructions. Once done, stir through your coconut milk, add your fruit, nuts and even some seeds on top and eat. Enjoy!
2. Lunch: Asian-Inspired Coleslaw with Black Rice
For two hungry people you’ll need…
1 x cup of thinly sliced bok choy
1.5 x cups of Chinese cabbage
1 x carrot cut into thin strings (julienned)
1 x red capsicum cut into thin strings
1 x avocado
2 x tablespoon of black and white sesame seeds
1 x cup of bean shoots
1/2 x cup of black rice
1/2 x cup each of fresh coriander, mint and thai basil
1 x packet of tempeh
1 x small onion finely chopped
1 x garlic clove finely chopped
1 x teaspoon of coconut oil
1 x chilli finely chopped
1 x teaspoon of grated ginger
1 x tablespoon of sesame oil
1 x teaspoon of raw honey
1 x tablespoon of tamari
And here’s what you need to do…
Step 1: Soak and rinse the rice. Cook the rice as per the instructions and leave aside to cool.
Step 2: Cut the tempeh into chunks and steam for about 8 minutes. While you’re doing that, toss the onion and garlic into a fry pan with coconut oil and allow to sweat and slightly caramelise. Throw in the tempeh and cook for a few more minutes until golden brown.
Step 3: Throw all the vegetables into a bowl and mix. Add the fresh herbs, chilli and sesame seeds. Add in the black rice and tempeh before tossing the entire salad in your dressing. Enjoy!
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