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.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.