In ancient China, black rice was called “forbidden rice” because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Luckily, today we mere mortals can harness its salad-perfect, slightly sweet, and nutty taste. Bright and fresh, this salad isn’t only flavourful with a winning mix of textures; it’s packed with nutrients, too.
If possible, use Ataulfo mango for this salad. Its honeylike flavour and custardy texture can’t be beaten. You’re looking for a bit of softness when pressed to indicate ripeness.
In medium saucepan, place rice, 2 cups (500 mL) water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until rice is tender and water has absorbed, about 30 minutes. Let sit, covered, for 5 minutes and then gently fluff with fork. Spread rice out on rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
Line cutting board with a couple sheets of paper towel. Top with tofu and a couple more paper towels. Place another cutting board or other flat object on top, and press gently to extract excess liquid from tofu. Turn tofu block on its side and slice in half lengthwise. Season both sides with curry powder and salt.
In skillet over medium-high, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil. Add tofu to pan and heat until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Flip and heat until golden and crispy on other side. When cool enough to handle, slice tofu into 1 in (2.5 cm) cubes.
In large bowl, toss together rice, red pepper, carrot, mango, green onions, peanuts, and coconut ribbons. In small bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp (15 m) oil, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, chili sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic. Toss dressing with rice salad and then scatter on tofu cubes.
This salad holds up very well in the fridge for up to 4 days. To serve, simply scoop salad into a serving bowl. However, to keep peanuts and coconut ribbons crunchy, you can add these just before serving instead of mixing them into the salad beforehand.
Braising these hearty beans not only changes their texture but leaves them creamy and satisfying. Using a savoury broth with saffron for braising provides the traditional Spanish flavour, similar to a paella. This dish is served as a shared side, but it could also be served with rice and vegetables as a delicious stand-alone dinner or as a satisfying nourish bowl. Swap your spirits Try substituting vermouth for white wine in this recipe, if you have some on hand. It’s a great alternative to wine and will last much longer in your cupboard. An added perk? You can save that nice wine for sipping.
With Spain’s expansive coastlines and multiple islands, seafood is a staple of the cuisine. This quick and easy prawn dish will add a pop of protein and a wonderful smokiness to your tapas-style lineup. Sustainable seafood When choosing prawns (or any seafood), opt for sustainable varieties that recognize and even reward sustainable fishing practices. As an important protein in many cultures, seafood, caught sustainably, helps contribute to healthy oceans < and > healthy communities.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.
Cauliflower has been having a moment lately, and this salad proves exactly why. Tender caramelized cauliflower is crowned in a glorious sweet and savoury crumble that will ensure it a place on your table all month long. Of all tree nuts, pecans have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which offer beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they also protect your cells from oxidative damage. Crumble perfection This crumble topping is too good not to use it on other preparations. Sprinkle over a carrot ribbon salad to add some extra pizzazz, use as a glorious garnish on a soup or stew, or consider generously spooning over your next vegetable “steak” to add some delicious textural variation.