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Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad

Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

Hi everyone, how are you all doing? My heart has been warmed seeing all of the beautiful sentiments so many of you have been writing in your posts and Instagram feeds regarding the recent tragedies across the world. I take comfort in knowing I am part of a community that is so globally aware and compassionate.

Sometimes it’s hard to react to global events like these, knowing that you’re powerless to stop acts of hatred. I’ve sent out so many prayers to the universe in the past few days, but I know that these terrible things will keep on happening unless we, as a world, change.

But I suppose that these events have been even harder for me to understand from the lens of my own world right now. Being on medical leave has not helped as much as I thought it would. I had hoped that being away from work would solve all of my problems, but the anxiety and feelings of helplessness and stomach issues have continued. And then I look to the world at large, and see so much sadness and suffering, and I wonder if things will ever get better. I pray that they will.

Something that has helped me recuperate, however, is my daily yoga practice. I have spent a lot of time the past few weeks on the mat meditating, praying, and finding balance through asana. One word keeps passing through my mind – equanimity – and I strive for it with every breath, every posture. Yoga can be so healing and transformative, and with every day on the mat I work towards finding my inner strength and peace, to face the world.

Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipeSprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

It is fitting today that the recipe I present to you is also featured on Vidya Living, the brainchild of the beautiful yogi and holistic nutrition educator Claire Ragozzino. I first heard of Vidya through the links list on Faring Well, and I immediately fell in love with Claire’s stunning recipes and Ayurvedic wisdom. As a yoga teacher in training myself, I look to Claire as a role model – someone who I respect immensely and hope to emulate in my own practice. But Vidya Living is not just about the yoga or recipes – it is also about self-care practices, wellness resources, and nutritional awareness. But above all, Claire’s philosophy and writings teach mindfulness, and ultimately peace. I invite you all to visit Vidya Living and explore a bit!

Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipeSprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe
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Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad

This warm, sprouted forbidden rice salad is full of engaging textural elements - including crunchy and nutty forbidden rice, earthy toasted sunflower seeds, and fresh greens.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 Cup Forbidden Rice uncooked, soaked overnight
  • 2 Cups Chickpeas cooked
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Scallions chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Shoyu
  • Sprouts optional

Black Pepper Sunflower Seeds

  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Forbidden Rice

  1. Add soaked forbidden rice to a pot with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer, cooking for about 25-30 minutes.
  2. Once all water is absorbed, take off heat and let rice remained covered for about 10 minutes.

Black Pepper Sunflower Seeds

  1. While rice is cooling, mix 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, a drizzle of olive oil, and 1/2 tsp black pepper in a bowl, until evenly coated. Salt to taste.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, broil sunflower seeds in the oven for about 3-4 minutes, or until slightly browned. Keep an eye on the seeds to ensure they don't burn!

Putting It All Together

  1. In a bowl, combine rice, chickpeas, parlsey, and scallions. Add 1/4 cup shoyu and mix well. Finally, add the sunflower seeds.
  2. Serve salad warm, with sprouts for garnish. Enjoy!

Sprouted Forbidden Rice Salad | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

Quote of the Day:

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu;

OM shanti shanti shanti hari OM. 

May all beings be happy and free;
Peace, peace, peace, to all creation.

 

22 Comments

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    O I love black rice. I think it’s so stunning and I love the slight bite!
    Yoga and cooking are my two “healing” activities. I think they are two of the most beautiful art forms and allow us to work through and express so much!

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      I agree! And I must mention that I’m totally eyeing your astavakrasana in your profile picture… one day I’ll get there!! ;)

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    danielle is rooting the sun
    November 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    sarah this salad is so beautiful & i love the forbidden rice, this dish wraps me up in autumn and keeps the cold from my bones. meditation is such an important element of revitalization and centering, i’d be lost without it. love to your week, ♥

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      Sarah
      November 18, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Sending love to your week as well <3

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    Jodi
    November 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful post, Sarah. Sometimes it can hard to find the words when the world turns us upside down like that, but you’re so right – yoga + meditation are so grounding, so needed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I cqn’t imagine what you’re going through is easy, but you seem like such a strong, positive soul so I’m hoping things take a turn for the better soon. Sending healthy thoughts your way, stay strong, friend x

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      Sarah
      November 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Thank you so much Jodi <3

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    Ashlae
    November 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Loving all the healthy goodness you packed into this salad, lady. A great reminder that I really need to be eating more fresh, whole foods (and less homemade, frozen soup).. and a gentle nudge to seriously consider adding some form of meditation to my daily routine.

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      Sarah
      November 18, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Hey I’d eat homemade frozen soup all day errday if you were cooking it!! ;)

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 18, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hope you continue to feel better dear! I know that yoga has helped me a lot in the past year, with the stress of wedding planning and keeping up the blog (which I’ve been lacking on, eek!!), yoga brings me back to knowing it will all just be ok :) Lots of love!

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      Sarah
      November 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Sending love to you too lovely lady <3

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
    November 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    yoga is always my sanctuary from chaos, so your words really rang true here! this salad is absolutely divine and would be a perfect allergen-friendly addition to any T-Day table, so delicious :)

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Christine!! :D

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    Jayme | holly & flora
    November 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Sarah, I’m so happy to hear that things are getting a little better for you, since you’ve been committed to your yoga practice. This is such a good reminder of how much of a difference a daily practice of meditating and yoga can bring. I find that my anxiety is quelled and my restless mind is hushed, when I take the time to practice. This salad sounds just about perfect, as well.

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Yoga is such an amazing way to self-heal. I’m so glad to hear it’s helped you as well! <3

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir.com
    November 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Isn’t it funny how a change in grain (black/red rice vs. brown) can really elevate a dish?! Love how beautiful this is in its simplicity. Totally my kind of staple meal.

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Grace!! :D

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    genevieve @ gratitude & greens
    November 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I haven’t been doing yoga lately but I miss it so much. It did help me centre my mind and everything just felt at peace at the end of a session. I’m glad to hear yoga’s been helping you get through this hard time- as always, I’m sending good vibes your way! xo

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      Sarah
      November 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much Gen!! <3

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    November 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Yay for being on Vidya (!!!) and yay for this simply yummy salad <3 Sounds super delish girl, hope you are having fun planning your Thanksgiving menu! Happy early holiday friend! xo

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      Sarah
      November 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Jessie!! I was so excited to be on Vidya, I think Claire is the coolest! :D

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    traci | vanilla and bean
    November 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Oh Sarah…. I feel too, like I am forever struggling. Attempting to internally reconcile the world in which we live… I’ve recently started yoga, so I really loved reading your words and that you are sharing your teachings with us. It all starts with me, I realize, but just finding peace within is hard…. not so much during yoga, but then carrying that with me for the rest of my day. Then there’s the world. Sometimes the world is too much. So happy to hear your practice is helping. I sometimes wonder if reconciliation/peace will ever come… This salad is just delicious with so many vibrant flavors. Wild rice is one of my favorite… so tender and earthy.. I love how it’s aroma fills the house when I’m cooking it. Thank you for this my dear and congratulations on being on Vidya! I’ll head over to check out this site! Hooray!

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      Sarah
      November 29, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Hey Traci! I’m so glad to hear you’ve started a yoga practice, that’s really wonderful! But I really struggle with taking my “yoga mind” off the mat with me too. It’s easy to feel that inner peace in a zen class, surrounded by other wonderful people… and then the real world sets in. But in an upcoming Sunday Sutra I’m going to talk about a mantra and mudra that has helped me find peace off the mat :)

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