Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rice and Greens

That's right. Rice and Greens NOT Rice and Beans, as they commonly eat down here...

Check out those greens! Sadly, that will shrink into about 1 cup of cooked greens :(

Last night I made a really good basic meal of brown rice, greens, and an Asian style sauce. Very healthy! Here it is:

Rice and Greens with a Korean BBQ Sauce

Warm cooked brown rice (1 cup per person)
*Greens (I used 1 bunch of kale, a HUGE container of spinach, and some chard leaves)

Korean BBQ Sauce:
(makes about 3-4 servings)

1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp agave (or other sweetener)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp rice wine (mirin)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp powdered ginger (or use fresh!)
drop of sesame oil

For the sauce, whisk everything together until smooth. Should be a little thick. If it seems a little too watery, add a little more applesauce. If it's too thick, at a little water or soy sauce. 

Wash and tear up the greens into small pieces. Put them in a large pan. No need to add water if you use spinach, as it creates its own! Add as much as you can to the pan. As it shrinks, you can continue to add more greens until you have the right amount for you. Sprinkle some salt in if you want. That will also help to bring out the water. When it's a nice dark green color, it's done!

Put your brown rice into a bowl and add the greens on top. Then spoon the sauce over it (it will heat up with the hot greens and rice). Enjoy!

*feel free to use whatever greens you want: beet greens, collards, kale, spinach, chard, etc.

What's your favorite basic meal?

Eat smart,

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