Azuki beans, short grain brown rice, pickled carrot and spring onion with exotic tonic greens

Shopping List for 2 people and 2 lunches

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1 can azuki bean or 1 ½ cup cooked azuki bean (see cooking beans p. 60)
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Umeboshi vinegar
  • Brown rice vinegar
  • Tamari or shoyu (soya sauce)
  • Natural salt
  • 3 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 spring onion
  • 2 cup large leaf salad mix
  • 1 lemon

Azuki Beans with onions (p. 68 of Inspiring Organics)

The caramelised onions mixed with azuki beans give this dish a sweetness that tastes sensational and is excellent for building spleen strength which help the immune system.

1 can azuki beans
3 onions, peeled and sliced into half-moons. (p. 23 of Inspiring Organics)
½ cup water
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp tamari or shoyu (soya sauce)

  • Heat frying pan with sesame oil and sauté onions for 5 min or until transparent.
  • Add grated lemon zest and water to prevent burning. Add tamari or shoyu. Place lid on and leave for about 45-60 min on low heat.
  • Drain beans, mix together with onions, simmer with lid on for 5 minutes and serve.

Brown Rice (p. 82 of Inspiring Organics)

When cooking rice, it is more efficient to prepare extra to use for other meals, such as stir-fries. Place extra rice in a sealed container in the fridge where it can last for up to 3 days.

1 cup short grain brown rice
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
Pinch of natural salt

  • Place rice with water in a pan. Add salt and simmer on a low heat with lid on for 40 minutes.
  • Splash with brown rice vinegar and serve.

Pressed Spring Onion and Carrot (p. 26)

This quick pressed salad adds colour and flavour to your meal.

2 carrots, cut into diagonals
2 spring onion, cut into diagonals
½ teaspoon umeboshi vinegar

  • Place all ingredients in salad bowl.
  • Hand press for 1-2 minutes.

Exotic Tonic Greens {p. 38 of Inspiring Organics)

‘Exotic tonic greens’ is the name I attribute to a large leaf salad mix. It is the most powerful food for cleansing the body and carries high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the life’s blood of the plant and has a rejuvenating effect on the body.

2 cup large leaf salad mix
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch natural salt

  • Place greens into a salad bowl, add lemon and salt, fold in gently and serve.