May 2, 2014

Terrific Rice Dishes

Pair any of these dishes with grilled meats, cooked beans or sauteed tempeh for a lovely meal!

Cauliflower Risotto

You will need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallot, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon each: thyme and rosemary
1 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
1 cup short grain brown rice
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
parmesan cheese if desired

In a medium-sized pot, heat olive oil. Add the shallots, garlic, and spices and saute for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant and translucent. 
Add cauliflower and saute for 5 minutes, covered.
Add the rice, toast briefly, and then cover with vegetable broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 40 minutes.
Stir, add parmesan cheese if desired (about 1/4 cup), and serve piping hot!


Nutty Rice Flatbread

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a spice grinder, grind:

1 cup sweet nuts (almonds or pecans)
1 cup savory nuts (walnuts or hazelnuts)
1 cup seeds (pumpkin or sunflower)

Mix together in a bowl with1 cup leftover rice. Make sure you have cooked the grains down into a porridge-like consistency before mixing them in with the nuts and seeds.

Add ½ teaspoon salt and any spices you like.
Try one of these combinations: cumin, coriander, turmeric OR thyme, coriander, oregano.
If mixture is a bit dry, add a few splashes of olive oil. Mix well before adding any additional oil – the nuts already contain oil.

Grease a cookie sheet with oil and spread mixture in a thin layer.
Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy!


Sweet Potato Rice Cakes

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a cookie sheet with vegetable oil (I like grapeseed or sunflower oil).

Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl:
1 cup rice flour

4 tablespoons flaxseed meal (ground flax seeds)
pinch salt
½ teaspoon each: nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon

Make a well in the center and add:
1 heaping spoonful almond butter
2 heaping spoonfuls melted coconut oil
1 cup steamed, mashed sweet potatoes

Make a well in the center, combine the wet ingredients and stir until thoroughly blended.
Incorporate wet and dry ingredients until they are well combined.

Shape into cakes/patties, place each one on cookie sheet, and bake for 25 minutes.

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