I decided to spend a little bit of time on a Sunday afternoon preparing enough lunches for the entire week. I've had a recipe saved for a while that I have been meaning to try. I believe I originally found it at the Lotus Foods website, but it appears they have since taken it down. (My version is a bit different than what they had posted, but I thought I should mention where I first saw the idea).
This lunch idea turned out to be awesome, so I thought I would share it here. The main ingredient is the Lotus Foods Forbidden Black Rice, which is supposedly packed with antioxidants. The black rice is mixed with roasted peppers and sweet potato then flavored with sesame oil and Tamari to make a very flavorful and interesting Asian-inspired lunch.
1 cup uncooked Forbidden Black Rice
1 cup water
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 large sweet potato
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
1-2 tbsp tamari
Spices to taste (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne)
1/2 bunch of scallions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2. Put the cup of black rice and a cup of water in the rice cooker, and let it do it's magic.
3. Cut up the bell peppers and the sweet potato into small bite-sized pieces (about 1/4").
4. Place the peppers and sweet potato in a baking dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp of canola oil and 1 tbsp of sesame oil, then sprinkle with spices. Mix. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Stir. Cover and bake for 20-25 more minutes until the potato is no longer crunchy.
5. While baking, cut up the scallions and put into a storage container.
6. When the rice is done and the veggies are done roasting, pour them all into a large mixing bowl.
7. Add a tbsp. of sesame oil and 1-2 tbsp. of Tamari (to taste).