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Rice Dish March 8, 2010

Rice dishes can be used as a low maintenance healthy dish.  If you have a rice cooker than it’s even easier.  This rice dish is adapted from the famous Moosewood cookbooks.  I’ve made for Dwight and at potlucks and the responses have always been great.

Ingredients:

For the rice:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 & 3/4 cups water

To throw on the rice:

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced tofu or tempeh
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

For the dressing (optional):

  • 1/2 cup OJ
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

What I usually do is I throw the rice on the stove, or throw it in the rice cooker.  Then I start preparing the veggies and the dressing.  You don’t need to steam or cook the veggies unless you want to.  I would prepare the vegetables and throw them in a large bowl, when the rice is done you can mix the two together.  The dressing isn’t necessary, but works well with the dish.  You can add whatever veggies you want to the dish, but this is a good way to add some raw veggies with a cooked grain.

When we eat too many different types of cooked food at one time it may be difficult for our bodies to handle.  Categories of foods would be grains, starchy vegetables (potatoes), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale), vegetable fruits (cucumbers, tomatoes), fruits and so on.  This is because cooked foods lack enzymes which are necessary for digestion.  The body has to draw upon its reserve of enzymes in the pancreas.  When you eat several types of food, the body needs to draw upon several types of digestive enzymes and fluids.

Have you ever felt tired after a meal?  It may have been the result of combining too many different types of cooked foods.  It’s good to give our bellies a break now and then!

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