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Fruit Sushi, aka “Frushi”, is the newest way to do dessert!

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It’s finally Spring! The flowers are blooming and the farmer’s markets are starting up. I am so excited for all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season right now. When warm weather hits, I often find myself adding a lot more fresh fruit to my diet. For this recipe,  I wanted to create a fun out-of the-box dessert incorporating some of my favorite things: fruit, sushi, and chocolate! I know what you are thinking….dessert sushi? Is that a thing? Well, now it is! I am calling it “Frushi” because this recipe is so good it deserves it’s own unique name. I have to just start by gushing about how much FUN this recipe was to make! It would be a perfect group activity for friends or kids to get creative and have fun in the kitchen!

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I decided to use Della Arborio rice for this recipe because I really felt like it would make a great sushi rice. Arborio rice releases a lot of starch as it cooks which makes it quite sticky, the perfect texture for sushi rice. Instead of water, I used full fat coconut milk which made it even more sticky (but not mushy) and easily moldable. This recipe looks complicated, but once you prep all the ingredients it’s all about making sure your rice is sticky enough and pressing it into one even layer. When rolling, it makes the process A LOT easier if you have one of these bamboo rolling mats so you can shape the rice a little better.

Some helpful tips I walked away with…

1. When working with the rice keep your hands cold and wet to prevent stickiness (a bowl of cold water to dip your hands in is helpful)
2. Don’t overstuff with ingredients!
3. Moisten your knife and slide it across rather than pressing down as you cut the roll.
4. The sharper the knife, the easier it will glide through the roll.
If you have never made sushi before, then hopefully these tips will help. I also recommend watching a few youtube videos like this one. Quickly you will be come an expert and be able to apply these techniques to many other recipes!

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Fruit Sushi, aka, “Frushi”, 

Recommended Tools:

Bamboo Sushi Mat

Cling Wrap

INGREDIENTS:

2 C Della Arborio Rice

1 Can (full fat) Coconut Milk + extra coconut cream (the cream at the top of the can)

1 tsp Coconut Sugar, optional

1 tsp Vanilla Extract, optional

Various fruit,  sliced into long thin strips or sticks

Toasted coconut, optional

Chocolate Sauce (store bought or homemade, recipe below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1. For the sushi rice: cook to package directions except sub coconut milk for water, add sugar and vanilla extract if desired

2. Let sushi rice cool*. As it is cooling, slice your fruit into long strips.

3. On a bamboo mat with a layer of cling wrap on top: press rice in an even layer with no visible holes, leaving a bit of room at the bottom (as pictured), keep a bowl of cold water next to you so you can wet your hands if they get sticky.

4. Add desired fruit about 1/2 an inch in from rice.

5. Start to roll and use the mat to bring the rice towards you as you form the roll. Work slowly if you need to making sure the rice is gradually incorporated.

6. Once your rice has formed a nice log shape, sprinkle with toasted coconut (optional), and cut the roll with a very sharp knife (see tips above) into pieces.

7. You should have 8-10 pieces of delicious desert Frushi! Serve with creamy chocolate sauce! YUM!

* I added a little more of the coconut cream which is the creamy substance that rises to the top of the can) to my rice to make it even more sticky. It was delicious and worked great!

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Chocolate Sauce (store bought or homemade, recipe below)

INGREDIENTS:

7 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, roughly chopped

1 C Heavy Cream (or coconut milk if you prefer non-dairy)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat

2. Place chocolate in a heat-prof bowl

3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk together until smooth

4. Let cool and allow to thicken

*This can also be done in the microwave by heating the chocolate and cream together in :30 sec intervals, whisk between heating until smooth

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Fruit Sushi

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Picnic Ready: BBQ Chicken Cobb Rice Salad by ‘Stirmaker’ Christine

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Last summer a group of friends and I started what we called a ‘Picnic Club’. It was basically just a good excuse to get together every week to enjoy delicious food and each-other’s company. We’d gather at a park or someone’s back yard, play lawn games, drink wine and eat, eat, eat. It was amazing! We did it potluck style so everyone brought something. I started looking forward to it every week. I also started compiling what I call ‘picnic-friendly’ recipes on Pinterest. This one was one of my favorites from last year! Not only is it beautiful, and colorful to look at but it tastes fantastic. It’s a salad, but not. It’s a hearty salad that has a lot of protein and doesn’t skimp on the good stuff (hello avocado! hello bacon!). Hope this recipe inspires you, and maybe even encourages you to start your own picnic club :)

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I loved using Della’s NEW Basmati with Caramelized Onions for this recipe because it adds a nutty, sweet flavor. I really love adding rice to my salad recipes because it bulks them up and makes it more of a meal.

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BBQ Chicken Cobb Rice Salad

 INGREDIENTS:

Cooked–

2 C Della Basmati with Caramelized Onion, Cooked as directed

1-2 Eggs, hard boiled

3-4 Strips of Bacon, cooked and chopped

Chicken, baked with BBQ sauce, sliced

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Fresh–

Blue cheese, crumbled

¼ Red Onion, sliced thin

Avocado, sliced lengthwiseTomatoes, cut in half

Handful of Mixed Greens

Salt + Pepper

Dressing (homemade or store-bought): White Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Lemon juice, Dijon Mustard (to taste), a little honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook Della Basmati with Caramelized Onion rice as directed.
  2. Prepare warm ingredients: Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium until fully cooked and crispy, boil the eggs for about 10 min, cool, and peel off sheel, marinate the chicken in a casserole dish with BBQ sauce and bake @ 400 for about 40 min.
  3. Chop all fresh ingredients.
  4. Assemble your salad. Spoon cooked rice in first, and then layer cooked and raw veggies. Pour dressing on top if desired. ENJOY!

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BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

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Middle Eastern Inspired Macro Glow Bowl by ‘Stirmaker’ Diana

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Spring is finally here and nothing gets me more excited than a veggie loaded rainbow macro bowl. When I think of Spring, I think of crisp, fresh vegetables and bright spices. I was inspired by Middle Eastern flavors for this macro bowl. A macro bowl is simply a meal that contains all 3 macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
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I used za’atar and dukkah, which are both Middle Eastern spice mixes, to add complexity to this dish. Both easily found in your local grocery store or you can try your hand at making your own dukkah spice mix which I’ve provided in the recipes below. A creamy, lemon honey mustard mint tahini sauce rounds out the flavors and adds brightness and depth to all of the textures within this bowl. Give your tastebuds an updated spring experience with this tasty Middle Eastern inspired macro bowl made with Della Rice’s Basmati and Wild Rice.

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Middle Eastern Inspired Macro Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

Items needed for 2 bowls:

1/4 small purple cabbage, thinly sliced
6 radishes, thinly sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1/3 cup snap peas, sliced on a bias
Handful of micro greens
Handful of cilantro and mint leaves

1 cup Della Rice Basmati and Wild rice, cook as directed

Za’atar roasted chickpeas

Lemon honey mint tahini sauce

6 min eggs + dukkah spice mix

Recipes for chickpeas, sauce, egg, and dukkah spice mix are listed below.
Assemble bowl as pictured and add an extra squeeze of lemon (optional) and drizzle with sauce.
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Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas


INGREDIENTS

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp za’atar
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside. Pat chickpeas dry in between paper towels. Toss chickpeas with olive oil and seasonings. Place onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 mins.

Six Minute Egg

Bring a small pot with water to a boil. Gently lower eggs into boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. Place eggs into ice water bath until ready to use. Peel, slice in half and sprinkle with dukkah spice mix.

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Lemon Honey Mustard Mint Tahini Sauce

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup tahini (ground sesame paste)
3/4 of small lemon, juiced
2 tsp Dijon or stone ground mustard
2 tsp honey
2 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 – 4 tbsp water, as needed*
Salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients except for water. Mix well and add water as needed. See note below for the addition of water. Adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, and lemon until desired flavor is achieved.
*Note – depending on the consistency of your tahini, add water as needed to thin out the sauce mixture so that it is pourable.

Dukkah Spice Mix
INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup hazelnuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions
In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, toast the first 4 ingredients until lightly golden brown and aromatic. Allow ingredients to cool. Transfer to a food processor or spice grinder. Blend until slightly coarse. Add cumin and black pepper and blend one more time to incorporate. Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge. Makes 1 cup.

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Quick & Easy Meal Prep Burrito Bowls by ‘Stirmaker’ Lizzie

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I finally got on the meal prep train and I don’t think I’ll ever look back. I have designated Sunday as my meal prep day, since I also do my grocery shopping then, and it’s easiest for me to just do it all at once. I find that setting up a routine and folding it into your schedule is the best way to ensure you will actually do it. It takes a little but of time up front (for me about 2 hrs on Sun) but saves so much time (and money!) during the week! I actually look forward to my work lunches now and am not tempted to eat out, or make unhealthy choices. I love being able to just grab my lunch from the fridge and go! Once you get used to committing yourself to a couple hours a week you will see that it makes a world of difference. For containers, I prefer glass, and found these on Amazon, but there are lots of options out there.

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When it comes to recipes I have found that rice is one of my favorite bases to use because it’s so easy to make a big batch and it holds up throughout the week. These burrito bowls are the best because they are SO easy and so delicious! I use Della light brown basmati because it has a mild flavor and gives me the protein an fiber I am looking for in my daily diet. It’s my go-to rice for most of my recipes. My personal tip for meal prepping is to turn on some good tunes, pour yourself a glass of wine, and make it fun! I promise, the time will go by quicker than you think and you’ll find yourself actually looking forward to it!

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Meal Prep Burrito Bowls 

Makes about 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Yoga Long Grain Brown Rice

Chicken, cooked and shredded

1/2 Red Pepper, sliced into thin strips

1/2 Yellow Pepper, sliced into thin strips

1/2 Orange Pepper, sliced into thin strips

½ Yellow, sliced into thin strips

Black Beans, drained and rinsed

Frozen Corn, rinsed

Salsa, to taste

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook rice as directed, in rice cooker, or stove top
  2. In a large skillet, add olive oil, heat, add chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and other desired seasonings. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Set aside. Allow to cool.
  3. In the same skillet, sauté peppers, garlic, onions until crisp-tender, add more oil if needed, remove from skillet, and set aside.
  4. Shred chicken. Drain and rinse black beans. Rinse corn
  5. Arrange bowls: Distribute rice evenly between 4 microwave safe containers, then chicken, beans, peppers & onions, corn, beans, and salsa. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat and enjoy!

Note: These bowls will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days *

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