Black rice (sometimes called forbidden rice) is an antioxidant-rich grain that can be purchased in bulk—as can cashews—so you skip the hefty price tag. Paired with chicken and a sweet-and-sour sauce, this lightened-up fried rice is good to both your body and wallet.
Make this meal meatless by substituting one 12 oz (350 g) package extra-firm tofu for the chicken. And for an even thriftier recipe, use unsalted peanuts in place of cashews.
In medium saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Steam, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with fork, and set aside. (This recipe benefits from chilling the rice overnight but can be made immediately with warm rice, too.)
For sauce, in small bowl, combine tamari, honey, ginger, chili flakes, and garlic. Set aside.
In large wok, heat sesame oil over medium. Add chicken, eggplant, green onions, and cashews. Stir-fry until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add rice, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir in sauce and cook until garlic is fragrant and mixture is heated through. Serve immediately.
Licorice-flavoured fennel, tart apple, and a hint of pleasant bitterness from radicchio combines with a touch of sweet dressing for a refreshingly delicious salad. Fennel contains a number of vitamins and minerals known to be involved in digestion, including vitamin C, manganese, and niacin which helps transform the food you eat into energy. Apple adds sweet crunch and all-important fibre. Know your fennel The fennel bulb we buy at the market is a cultivar variety known as Florence fennel. Fennel seeds, which are sometimes eaten after a meal to ease digestion, and which are also used for cooking, come from the common fennel, which grows wild in southern Europe, Australia, and parts of the US.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
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.