I know this is quite a claim, but once you try this recipe for yourself, you’ll appreciate its amazing simplicity and incredible taste (can you tell this is one of my all time favourite meals?). This is a dish that I make at least two or three times a week, and I must have my variety, but I just love eating a meal that I know is supremely nutritious and energising. For this reason, many times I will actually have a massive bowl of this as my breakfast!
Serves: 2 large portions, double or triple to keep or take as lunch to work/school
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (I used short grain here)
- A huge bundle of Kale or Cavalo Nero, about 15 large leaves (Cavalo nero is pictured, both are amazing)
- 3-4 spring onions or one large onion, diced (spring onions are better, but as I didn’t have any today I used a white onion and it was fine)
- 6 large or 8-10 small cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped – this really makes the dish.
- 1-2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (or sukiyaki sauce for added awesomeness)
- Sesame seeds (optional)
Start by washing your leafy greens, whichever one you chose, and stripping the leaves away from the thickest part of the stem. Gather the leaves on a chopping board and shred as thinly as you can with a large knife. Now place in a steamer and steam until the leaves are a bright, rich green (about 4-5 minutes)
Whilst they are steaming, heat olive oil (or veg oil) in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 2 mins and then add garlic. Cook both until your kitchen fills with the lovely aroma of garlic! But don’t burn – about 3 or 4 minutes. Now add in the steamed leafy greens and stir so you coat then in the garlic and oil. At this point, add in the sesame oil. After 2 minutes throw in the cooked brown rice and stir to combine.
After a few minutes add the soy or sukiyaki sauce. Taste to check your seasonings. You shouldn’t really need salt if you cooked your rice in salted water, but if you want, go for it. Lastly, sprinkle over a handful of sesame seeds if using. Serve in bowls and garnish with extra sesame seeds and spring onions. Tuck in and enjoy! An hour after eating a big bowl of this I went and did an hour-long salsa class and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much energy before!