When I accidentally forget to eat or get too busy to grab something healthy, I’m one of those people who don’t eat until I get home. I prefer home-cooked flavoursome meal over store-bought take-away foods. So yes, when I eat after missing a meal I look like I starved for days. Not a good look and question mark for “appreciating my body”. Anyways that’s just me. What kind of eater are you? Routine eater who sticks to 3 meals a day? Busy bee who eats one big meal a day or snacker who eats continuously? I fall into the last one – never like a big meal that makes me sluggish and enjoy snacking between meals or when I can.
Rice bowls are perfect for a ready-to-go meal for me. It is a simple nourishing honest food. Growing up in South Korea a staple food was a bowl of rice, soup and side dishes almost everyday on the table. Rice is a good source of energy and kind of makes other ingredients shine. Since I’m on the quest for flavour combinations and textures, I like to mix with beans and grains such as black beans, quinoa, adzuki beans, millet, mung beans, etc. Brown rice unlike, white rice, is unrefined, rich in thiamin, calcium and magnesium and high in fibre. Oh it is also delicious! Let’s share a love for rice bowls, shall we? x
Ingredients (for two)
2 cups of a mix of brown rice, mung beans and adzuki beans (but you can use any kind of grains here)
1 tbsp of miso paste
2 cups of water or vegetable stock
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk of spring onion, chopped
1 cup of bean sprouts
1 barramundi fillet
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp of sesame oil
Soak rice and beans preferably overnight. Rinse and drain. Mix miso paste and 2 cups of water or vegetable stock in a pot. Add rice and beans in a pot and bring it up to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes or until liquid is all absorbed. Turn off the heat and set aside for 5-10 minutes with a lid on. Steam chopped carrot and barramundi fillet until cooked. To assemble, spoon miso rice in a bowl and serve fish and vegetables on top. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle sesame seeds and drizzle sesame oil on top.