Monday, 23 May 2016
Miso Aubergine, Almond, Broccoli & Brown Rice Bowl
This dish is so simple yet so tasty, rich in flavour and full of nutrients. Brown rice and miso are a flavour combination made in heaven and they go so well with amazing aubergine and delicious tenderstem broccoli, then you have the crunch of the tamari toasted almonds that makes this bowl so perfect.
Brown rice is probably the carbohydrate I reach for most often and it's a complete staple in my diet. I'm a huge lover of curry, chilli and stews so rice is my go-to grain, but it also works so well in stir-fry dishes, salads and this miso bowl. Brown rice is not only far tastier than white rice but it's packed full of so much more goodness as only the very outer layer of the rice kernel is removed during production of the grain whereas around 80% of all nutrients are stripped from white rice! Brown rice contains a huge amount of manganese which is vital for bone & nerve health and maintaining thyroid function. It is also high in fibre to keep your digestive system happy, magnesium to boost energy production and selenium to aid with hormone metabolism and immune function.
I pair the brown rice with tender-stem broccoli (you could use standard broccoli if you prefer) for a boost of vitamin K, potassium and immune boosting vitamin C...did you know just one cup of broccoli provides you with 100% of your recommend daily dose of the vitamin? Broccoli is also really detoxifying and helps to eliminate unwanted toxins from the body!
The other vegetable I added to this dish is aubergine. Aubergine (or eggplant in some countries) has the ability to soak up flavours really well which makes it a delicious addition to this miso bowl. It's high in antioxidants, fibre and vitamins too!
Then there's the almonds that are too mouth-wateringly good for words! I toast them in a pan with tamari which makes them extra crunchy with the best flavour. Almonds are a true superfood as they're totally crammed full of vitamins and minerals that'll do your mind & body so much good. They're high in protein, healthy fats to keep your heart healthy, vitamin E to make your hair shine & your skin glow, magnesium and they're considered one of the most nutritionally beneficial foods on the planet!
I use tamari in this dish, which is a naturally gluten free soy sauce, as well as miso which give the bowl a Japanese style taste. Miso is a food you should consider adding to your diet as it's fermented which means it'll help you maintain vital gut health. Then there's the garlic and lime which go beautifully with everything else in this bowl of goodness!
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