Project Description

Nutritious Macrobiotic

mac·ro·bi·ot·ic
ˌmakrōbīˈätik
adjective

  1. constituting, relating to, or following a diet of whole pure prepared foods that is based on Taoist principles of the balance of yin and yang.

I have a newfound love for red rice. Its unique sweet and nutty flavor draws me all in. The consistency is chewy yet softer than other whole grains. I seriously do not know why I haven’t t been cooking with them since eons.

Red cargo rice, contains higher fiber than brown rice and is also an antioxidant! (you know how I love foods that nourish my skin ^^) They are used in diabetics menu for its low glycemic index and glycemic load; often found in Macrobiotic menus along with brown rice to reduce symptoms of inflammation, prevent cancer and weight loss management.

Health Benefits of Whole Grains (confirmed by repeated scientific studies):

  • protects against heart disease
  • lowers risk of heart failure
  • reduces blood pressure
  • lower cholesterol
  • stroke risk reduced 30-36%
  • type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
  • lowers risk of pancreatic, breast and colorectal cancer
  • weight maintenance

You guys are in for a treat. I am kicking it up a notch in the senses department by adding cardamom and clove to boil the rice. (Their health benefits deserve a post of its own- another time.) This is something I learned while in India and studying Ayurveda. You will love the sweet yet toasty aroma while boiling the rice together with cardamom and clove.

Entree | can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner | Serves 5

  • 2 cups of red cargo rice, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 4 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 8 whole, dried cardamom
  • 8 whole, dried clove
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 10 florets, broccoli
  • 10 florets, cauliflower
  • delicious option: Essential Dressing on top  *recipe from blog

  1. Discard the water that’s been soaking the rice overnight.  Use fresh water.
  2. Bring rice, cardamom, clove and water to boil.
  3. Add 1 pinch of sea salt.
  4. Cover and lower flame to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Toss and stir in  onion, carrot, broccoli and cauliflower
  6. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes more.
  7. Remove from heat, let it cool for few minutes.
  8. Remove cardamom and cloves.
  9. Delicious option: serve with the Essential Dressing.
  10. Enjoy :)