Monday, October 18, 2010

Fun with the rice cooker

Last night when I was about to toss my standard brown rice into the pot for my near weekly batch of rice and beans (to be consumed over the course of several lunches) I decided to get creative.
I used 1/3 cup of Black Japonica Rice, and about 1/4 cup or so of quinoa and amaranth. (I just scooped in a little of each.) I used about a cup of water, but next time I'll use a little more (I think my rice cooker tends to leave things a little underdone), but all in all it turned out really well- I just mixed the resulting grain mixture with a can of white beans, chopped tomato, some lemon juice, basil, and a tiny drizzle of almond oil. (Sitting overnight in the fridge with the liquid from the beans and lemon juice pretty much took care of the undercooked issue.)
It tastes really great, has a texture that's more interesting than my standard beans and rice, and looks pretty- the black rice and white beans are a neat combination. Best of all, it's packed with healthy protein, fiber, and vitamins!
Has anyone else cooked anything interesting lately?

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