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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Serene's Healing Macrobiotic Rice

This recipe which I am about to share is inspired by my aunt who lives in Saudi Arabia.

It was 7 years ago during one of her trips to London when she shared with me the wisdom of Macrobiotic eating. Since then every time I smell the sweet but nutty aroma of roasted sesame oil, I am reminded of her.

The macrobiotic theory comprises of a diet of organic whole foods; this is based on Buddhist principles of the balance of Yin and Yang, in attempt to bring you physically and spiritually, to a place of zen.

The overall taste of this rice has an incredibly warming and calming effect on the body and it is high in fibre. The sesame oil is known to protect against kidney damage, prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, promote bone health, prevent tooth decay and reduced hypertension. Sesame oil however, has a very low smoke point of 210 degrees Celsius (compared to coconut oil which is about 350 degrees) so I highly recommend keeping the temperature as low as efficiently possible whilst cooking.

The ingredients required for this recipe can all be bought from a Sainsbury's supermarket.





You Will Need -

Medium sized saucepan
Sesame Oil 2 TBSP

Bowl 1: 
Diced Carrots .5 cup

Bowl 2:
Frozen Peas .5 cup

Bowl 3:
Spring onions (3)

Bowl 4: 
2 cups of pre-cooked wholegrain rice

Bowl 5:
A handful of raw cashew nuts

For the sauce mix together in a small bowl:
Organic tamari 5 TBSP (I use the Yutaka brand)
Peanut butter 2 TBSP (I use Whole Earth smooth)
Sesame seed oil 2 TBSP 
Brown/coconut sugar 1 TSP
Garlic powder/granules 2 TSP


Serves 3 Approx.



Method:

1. Mix up the ingredients to create the sauce until it is of a smooth consistency, set aside.

2. Heat a medium sized saucepan and add to it 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. 

Low - medium heat

3. Add to the pan Bowl 1 and cook on low to medium heat until the carrots have softened.

4. Add Bowl 2 and sauté until the peas are no longer frozen.

5. Add Bowl 3, mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.

6. Add Bowl 4, mix well until the vegetables are evenly distributed.

7. At this point add the sauce and a handful of cashew nuts and mix again.

8. Turn the heat down to very low and let the sauce set for 7 minutes.


Garnish with some extra finely chopped spring onions, serve warm with a cup of green tea or fresh ginger tea.

I would love to hear how you got on with this recipe and whether you found that it had the same warming and calming effects on you.

Enjoy
XxX

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