You can see how we’ve been trying our best to stick to our new year goals. Yesterday was the first time in the new year when we were completely free and with no temptations looming in the future. Or so we thought. We both got ready for what was going to be a detox day. It started well with the Vegan Green Smoothie. And we sailed through lunchtime with this black rice salad bowl drizzled with spicy peanut dressing. We even had a cup of Green Tea in the evening and finished a litre and a half of water. It was all good, till we stepped out to buy groceries. Saw a new food truck parked right outside our lane. Came back armed with a Barbecue Chicken Burger. MAJOR FAIL.
Let’s just pretend that never happened. And get back to this salad. Which is just so so healthy. Full of colorful veggies and protein and antioxidants and fiber – it’s everything you need at the beginning of a new year! Also there is a spicy peanut dressing involved. I normally use peanut butter but I ran out. Because I ate it all up. But that’s not important. Because you have to use the dressing. It’s the BOMB. And perfect because you don’t even need peanut butter. Just peanuts. And it takes only a minute and can be stored. Plus it’s SPICAY! And so lickable that you may just finish the whole thing before you get to the salad. I think it’s safe to say that I love this salad. Tee hee.
I received a sample of this Heirloom Black Rice from First Agro, along with all the other veggies I ordered. A little birdie called the internet tells me that this Heirloom Black Rice was once forbidden to the general public and eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China. And now me. With it’s delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful purple colour, I can imagine why.
Confession: I didn’t expect the salad bowl to taste so good when I first tried it. But by the second spoonful, Denver and I were looking at each other and shovelling it in. So now you have a hearty salad bowl meal which is really tasty. WIN. WIN.
If you’ve never cooked with black rice, it’s pretty easy to prepare. It’s recommended that you soak the rice before cooking. I didn’t, but it turned out just fine. You just need a 1:2 rice to water ratio. It takes anywhere between 40-50 minutes to cook, and comes together in a sort of glutinous mass which is sticky, earthy and surprisingly delicious. It’s also full of fiber because it’s unpolished and unprocessed and is only 160 calories per serving. So you got yourself a grain which will be your best friend when you are trying to lose some weight, and become your healthier self again.
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A healthy, hearty and tasty black rice salad bowl with spicy peanut dressing. Serves two and is only 336 calories.
- 1 cup Black Rice (cooked (See Note 1))
- 1/2 cup Carrots (sliced)
- 1 cup Arugula (or Rocket)
- 1/2 cup red Radish (sliced)
- 2 Cucumbers (, sliced)
- 2 Eggs (soft boiled)
For the Dressing
- 1/4 cup Peanuts (roasted (cleaned and skinless))
- 1/4 cup Water
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce ((optional but highly recommended))
- 1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Honey
- Prepare the dressing by adding everything into a blender. Blend till smooth.
- To assemble the salad, arrange all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing just before serving and toss lightly. The salad serves two, and we ended up using most of the dressing.
Note 1: To cook black rice, use a ratio of 1:2 (rice to water). It’s recommended that you soak the rice, but I didn’t and it took me about 45 minutes to cook the rice.