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Buckwheat Cereal with Orange and Almond

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups     Buckwheat groats
8 cups      Water
1 cup        Orange juice
1/2 cup  Almonds, raw, unsalted
2 tb          Olive Oil
1/3 cup   Honey
1 tb            Cinnamon
1tsp           Nutmeg
1 tsp          Vanilla
1 tb            Orange zest
¼ tsp        Salt

PREPARATION:

Place buckwheat groats in a large container with the water and let soak overnight (groats will double in size), or for at least 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Pour orange juice into a small saucepan, simmer, and reduce to about a ¼ cup. Let cool.

Put almonds into food processor and slowly add olive oil to nuts while chopping. Process until almonds become a nut butter consistency.

Pour soaking buckwheat in a colander to strain. Rinse under running water until water coming from out of the strainer runs clear. Let groats sit a couple of minutes to fully drain water.

In a large bowl, combine orange juice reduction, almond butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, orange zest, and salt; stir to fully combine.  Add in buckwheat groats and stir to completely coat buckwheat groats.

Lightly coat sheet pan with cooking spray.  Thinly spread out cereal mixture with a rubber spatula.  Bake cereal in oven for about 20 minutes, gently flip cereal with spatula then bake another 20-35 minutes, or until cereal is completely dry.

Allow cereal to cool; place into an airtight container.  Can keep one week room temperature when well-sealed; keep in the refrigerator or freezer for longer storage.

Variation: substitute the orange juice and zest with blood orange instead- even better color and flavor!


Tangelo Stir Fry with Scallops and Forbidden Rice

Tangelo is a tasty citrus fruit that is a cross between orange and tangerine, and pairs very nicely with “Ocean Candy” (my nickname name for scallops!)  If you cannot find tangelos, substitute with either fresh orange or tangerine zest and juice, or even combine the two.

Grape seed oil is excellent for use in high temperature cooking techniques like stir-fry. Forbidden rice is black rice and is usually pretty easy to find (see notes below).

INGREDIENTS:

1 dozen  Scallops, large, fresh, cleaned

.5 tsp Canola oil

1 tsp Grape seed oil

3 tb Tangelo juice, fresh squeezed

1 tb Vinegar, rice

1 tb Vinegar, red wine

1 tb Tamari or soy sauce, low sodium, gluten-free

1.5 tsp Sugar, brown

1 tb Tangelo zest

1 tsp Chile-garlic paste

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1tb Ginger, fresh, peeled and minced

3/4 cup Zucchini, with skin, cut in half then sliced on bias

3/4 cup Summer squash, cut in half, then sliced on bias

1 large Carrot, peeled, cut in half, then sliced on bias

4 each Water chestnuts, cubed

1/2 cup Forbidden rice (black rice)

1 cup Water

1 tb Green onion, chopped

PREPARATION:

In small bowl, mix the tangerine juice with the Hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and chili-garlic paste. In another small bowl, combine the tangerine zest with the chopped garlic and ginger.

Bring water to boil in small pot. Add black rice, stir briefly, cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 18-25 minutes. Stir in chopped green onion.

Lightly spray a large, heated pan with the canola oil. Add scallops in single layer and cook on high heat with out stirring until they are golden on bottom, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook until scallops are firm, about 1 ½ minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

Add grape seed oil to a very hot wok along with Tangerine zest mixture cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the carrot and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Add the zucchini, squash and water chestnuts  to carrot and stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 3 more minutes. Stir tangerine sauce and add to wok; cook sauce until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Add scallops to the wok, stirring just until heated through. Toss veggies and Scallops in Tangelo Sauce. Serve scallops and vegetables on top of forbidden rice.

TIP: Only use water, not vegetable stock, when cooking black rice- it will have a much better, lighter taste. Do not season black rice until after it has finished cooking. While rather easy to find it imported from China (where it originated), I recommend searching out for black rice from the United States or Italy (“Riso Bello” brand, “Venere” rice from Italy is my personal favorite).

YIELD: 4 servings


Black Eyed Pea, Wild Rice and Fresh Corn Salad

This is a great summertime salad. Serve it at your next picnic or barbeque.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Black-eyed peas

1/4 cup Onion, white, minced

2 tablespoon Olive oil

1/4 cup   Rice, wild, long grain, dry

1/2 cup   Vegetable stock

1/2 teaspoon   Cumin

1/8 teaspoon   Black pepper, fresh ground

1/8 teaspoon   Sea salt

1/8 teaspoon   Chili Powder

1/8 cup  Thyme, fresh, minced

1/4 cup  Cilantro, fresh, minced

1 teaspoon  Vinegar, white wine

3 tablespoon Lemon juice, fresh squeezed

1/2 cup Corn kernels, fresh cut off cob

1/4 cup   Pepper, red, minced

1/8 cup   Pepper, green bell, minced

1/4 cup  scallion, diced

PREPARATION:

Cover peas in plenty of water and soak overnight.  Drain and rinse. Put soaked peas in small water with more fresh water and cook on a high flame until boiling. Reduce to simmer and cook until tender. Drain water and chill beans.

In a small pan, heat vegetable stock. Saute onion in a medium pot with a very small amount of the olive oil; cook until translucent; stir in rice.  Add heated vegetable stock, cover and simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed by the rice.

In a small bowl, combine cumin, pepper, salt, chili powder, thyme, basil, lemon, vinegar, and remainder of oil. Whisk to combine.

In a large bowl combine cooked peas and rice with the corn, peppers and scallion. Toss with dressing to combine. Serve room temperature.

Yield: 6 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup