Peanut Tea Roll

Ingredients: (makes 4 full rolls/8 halves)

  • 4 sheets of rice paper
  • 1 cup of dry rice (and 2 cups of water for cooking)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Additional pinch or two of sugar for in the roll

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice: bring 2 cups of water to boil with the one cup of rice. Once it starts to boil, cover, and let simmer until the rice cooks through.
  2. Prepare the peanut sauce: In a small saucepan on the lowest heat add the peanut butter, oil, and sugar until runny and sauce-like. If it’s still too thick, add a bit more oil.
  3. To prepare the rice paper, carefully make sure paper is submerged in water for a couple of seconds, remove and place on a plate large enough for the sheet.
  4. Spoon on a quarter of the cooked rice. Then drizzle a quarter of the peanut sauce over the rice. In the center, sprinkle a quarter of the cilantro and a pinch of sugar.
  5. Roll like a burrito, and slice in half!

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Easy Fancy Rice & Beans

This is an easy way to spice up the old rice ‘n beans combination– and it also looks fancy! This makes enough for two hungry adults.

Ingredients for rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
    • 1.5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for beans:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot peppers to taste

Optional garnish ingredients:

  • 1 fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Preparation:

  1. Put rice and veggie stalk into pan and bring to a boil. Add cumin. Then let simmer.
  2. Once the water is almost absorbed, add in the can of diced tomatoes and salt to taste. Continue cooking until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  3. While the rice is cooking, start to prepare the beans. Begin by sautéing the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Then add the bell pepper along with the cumin. Continue to sauté until the onions start to become translucent.
  4. Add the cilantro, salt (to taste), and hot peppers (if desired) to the onions and peppers. Finally, start adding in the beans, a bit at a time. As you add, start to mash them in with a fork (or masher) to get a bit of a blend. The beans will start to dry out, so keep them moist by adding water a bit at a time, as necessary.
  5. Place the rice & beans on a plate, and garnish with avocado and fresh tomato!