Enjoy Jade Rice In This Joyful Jade Salad Bowl

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Recently I was at a health food store I'd never visited before and I came across the most unusual thing: green rice! On closer inspection it was called "jade rice," which made sense because it looks exactly like the kind of jade you see on jewelry. It was just so pretty, I had to buy it! Rice is one of my top five fave foods of all time, so I'm always excited to try new varieties.

When I got home I did a little research and found out that jade rice is actually regular rice that's been dyed green with bamboo juice. The bamboo gives it an earthy, almost vanilla-like flavour. Delicious!

I also utilized my new favourite seasoning, a Japanese concoction called Gomasio which contains sea salt, seaweed, and sesame seeds. I'm officially obsessed!

Inspired by the rice's beautiful colour I threw together a green bowl with some veggies I had in the fridge. The finished product was a beautiful, healthy green stunner!

Here's how I did it:

Joyful Jade Bowl

Serves 2

2 cups mixed greens
1 cup broccoli
1 cup jade rice
1 cup asparagus
1/2 cup assorted nuts and seeds
1 cup cubed tofu
1/4 cup tamari
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp cooking oil (I like grapeseed)
1/8 cup green onion
2 tbsp Gomasio seasoning

1)Marinate tofu and green onion in water and tamari while you prepare other ingredients.

2)Cook the rice in a rice cooker or pot with a 2:1 water:rice ratio.

3)Heat a frying pan to medium and add oil. Next, add tofu and onions and about 1 tbsp. of water/tamari mixture. Cook until tofu begins to slightly brown, then set aside.

4)Bring asparagus and broccoli to frying pan with the rest of the tamari/water mixture and cook on high heat until tender. Set aside.

5)Toast nuts and seeds in frying pan with a dash of oil and tamari until browned.

6)Once rice is finished, begin assembling bowl. Start with mixed greens, and then add the rest on top.

7)Finish plate with a generous sprinkle of Gomasio seasoning, and enjoy!

Although this bowl doesn't have a sauce, I love the mixture of the green veggies, rice, and gomasio, plus the tamari the food has been cooked in. It's light, but has a nice savouriness to it, that tastes healthy and satisfying all at the same time.

Have you ever cooked with jade rice before? What's your favourite rice dish?


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