Sunday, 28 October 2012

Smoothies & Dirty Rice

Today's Green Smoothie was another hit!  I'm starting to think pineapple makes everything taste great.

1” thick pineapple disc, woody middle cut out
1 kiwi
1 banana
1 apple
big handful of spring mix
1 small palm-full of fresh parsley
filtered water



I'm incorporating a lot more raw foods into my life again, and cutting out the less-than-stellar obvious and usual suspects that crept back in.  I'm feeling better already, and it's only been a few days.  Seriously, just a few days of cutting out crap and eating more produce = mind shift.

Last night, I made Dr. Dean Ornish's 'Dirty Rice' recipe.  It's cooked, and it's a delicious transition food if you're in the same place as I am... wanting to cut out the crap but not ready to go full-on raw yet, if ever.  (My goal is 75% raw for now.)  Anyway, Dirty Rice.


2 cupsbrown rice (cook separately in advance.  I used a rice cooker, and started it when I was chopping veggies so that by the time it was time to add the beans etc, it was ready to go)
1 1/2 cupsred onion; chopped
3 clovesgarlic; minced
1 cupcarrots; finely diced
1/2 cupcelery; chopped
1 wholejalapeno; seeded and minced
1 tbspground cumin
1 tbspground corriander
2 tspchili powder
3 3/4 cupvegetable stock
1 wholebay leaf
1 1/2 cupsred beans; cooked
1 1/2 cupstomatoes; chopped
1/2 cupcorn; fresh
1/2 tspsea salt
3 tbspparsley; chopped fresh  


Place a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the first 9 ingredients (after the rice) and heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring almost constantly, until lightly browned.

 In another pot, bring the stock and bay leaf to a boil and add to the veg mixture. Cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

ADD the beans, tomatoes, corn and salt. Stir, cover and simmer for 15 more minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.


Was it good?  Well ... since it made 6-8 servings and there are 4 of us, I had hoped to see have some more for next day's lunch.  HA!  Midnight gremlins were at it again.


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