Forbidden Fruit

So, it is time for a cleanse of sorts.  Too much fun, too much stress, the holidays, and lots of celebrating with company have left me with more than a few posts. Ahem.  Time to lay off the booze and get back to the gym, so this week, I will write a few food posts or maybe repeat a past piece.

I have been trying to incorporate more vegetarian and vegan meals in our home.  My sister’s success with the Anti-inflammatory diet, some inspiration from blogs I love (yes, you Lauren), and general health practices are great motivators.  Tonight’s dinner was delicious and one worth sharing.

049I picked up some forbidden (black) rice at Whole Foods, although I’ve never used it.  In an attempt to use the veggies I had, I made this salad.  Even the kids loved it.  To quote my daughter, “Are you kidding me?  This is delicious!”  I’ll make it again.  Even though I didn’t pair it with anything, a Riesling would have been great.  Next time, I’ll add some cilantro, too. And the hubs and I put a little Siracha on at the end.

Forbidden Rice Salad

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Purple Spring onions (from Pa’s garden), thinly sliced

1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage

1/3 cup cashews

2 cups cooked forbidden rice (while warm I melted some coconut oil over it)

Top with avocado and mango


1 Tbsp. Sunflower oil

1 Tbsp. Rice Wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. Lime juice

Tsp. Sugar

Salt and pepper

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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

One thought on “Forbidden Fruit

  1. Yay!! This makes me smile. The salad looks absolutely wonderful, and such a great combination of colors and flavors! It’s definitely going to make one of our weekly menus soon. With wine, of course. 😉


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