Brown Rice Salad

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With the coming of the spring, I've been trying to cram more veggies into my diet. I'm also more in the mood for a light-weight meal, preferably one that is room-temperature or cool.

I decided to bring back Amanda's delicious Brown Rice Salad for the first time this season. The thing is amazing. It's easy to make, and you feel so healthy after eating it that it's virtually obligatory to eat an ice cream or a decadent dessert. As you know, I usually scorn meals based on complex carbohydrates, so if I have been converted, then even your most reluctant diners may be won over. And the presentation is just gorgeous; bright veggies mixed in with earthy rice over a bed of greens.

Based on my experiences last year, I made double the ingredients for quick assembly the next day. This worked out great, and the meal tasted just as fresh as it had the first time. Also, I did have the firm, flavored tofu on hand this time. (Previously I had used sauteed tempeh, which I also found tasty.) You may have to go to a specialty store for this tofu. I used Trader Joe's Teriyaki flavored baked tofu.

First Night
I made about 1 cup (2 cups water) of dry short-grain brown rice.

I cut up and mixed:

  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 package of pre-julienned carrots

I placed half in a bowl to be mixed with the rice. I put the rest in the fridge for leftovers.

I dry sauteed (no oil) 2 packs of baked tofu (each thinly sliced the long way, then stacked on top of each other and cut crosswise, to form matchsticks). I placed half of the cooked tofu in the fridge for the next day, and mixed the other half with the veggies.

When the rice was ready, I mixed with the veggies and added some of the balsamic dressing to taste. I served this over beds of baby mixed greens.

Lunch on Day 2
I made a fresh serving of brown rice. I mixed the leftover cut veggies and tofu from the fridge with the rice, dressed, and served over the greens.

That's it! Two very healthy meals with very little work.

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