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Kale Rice Bowl w/ Rice of the Prairies

Kale Rice Bowl w/ Rice of the Prairies | Well and Full

Hello, everyone! I’m writing the first official post from my office in my new home!!! To my left is a cozy white chair that I’ve had since I was 12, and to my right are the metal shelves stuffed to the brim with various dry goods and kitchenware. On the other side of the room is my bookcase filled with an obscene amount of cookbooks (I have a problem), and on top are these really cool crystal candle holders that my boyfriend got for me.

This is my first time living with a significant other, and I’m nervous/excited at the same time. I want our little home to be our haven – a place where we can be safe and silly and goofy and happy together. So far it’s been amazing – like having a sleepover with your best friend every night – except for that one time in Target where we got into a small scruffle over garbage cans. LOL.

But there’s also been sadness, too. I’m going through something very difficult in my personal life (unrelated to Ryan) that I can’t really talk about here. I’ve posted on Instagram about it a little bit, but I ended up deleting most of the posts out of fear. But I DO want to thank everyone who’s reached out and been there for me – especially Jessie and Ashlae – your support has meant SO MUCH to me.

I want to note that I don’t share these details out of an attempt to garner pity; rather, I share things in an effort to let my readers into my life. If I sat here and wrote a post as if nothing was going on, it would be disingenuous. But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and that this too shall pass.


A few words about this recipe – I first heard about Rice of the Prairies from Whole Bowls, one of my favorite cookbooks. It turns out that it’s actually just whole oat groats, and is nicknamed such because it can be cooked like rice. So yes, the rice in this kale rice bowl is actually oat groats. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ However, oat groats are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, making them hearty and filling in this healthy bowl. Spiced with anti-inflammatory turmeric and umami-filled shoyu, this rice bowl is one you’ll make again and again!

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Kale Rice Bowl w/ Rice of the Prairies | Well and Full
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Kale Rice Bowl w/ Rice of the Prairies

Easy, healthy, and insanely delicious, this kale rice bowl is the perfect meal to enjoy when you don't know what to do with all that extra kale in your fridge!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 as a Main, 3-4 as a Side

Ingredients

Rice of the Prairies

  • 1 Cup Rice of the Prairies Whole Oat Groats
  • 3 Cups Water
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Shoyu or Tamari
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric

The Sauté

  • 1/2 Medium Vidalia Onion diced
  • Generous Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4-5 Leaves Lacinato Kale thinly sliced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions

Rice of the Prairies

  1. Bring rice of the prairies (oat groats) and water to a boil in a pot. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until all water is absorbed. When done remove, remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the rice of the prairies has cooled, add in shoyu/tamari (soy sauce), turmeric, and black pepper. Mix well, taste and adjust (I added more black pepper!).
  3. When done, set aside.

The Sauté

  1. Bring a very generous drizzle of olive oil in a large pan to medium-low heat. Add in diced onions, and sauté until softened - between 5-10 minutes.
  2. Then, add in kale and minced garlic, and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Sauté the mixture until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Finally, with the pan still on the heat, add in the cooked rice of the prairies, and mix it up with the kale, onion, and garlic. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary - i.e. more salt or pepper. Stir fry everything for about a minute or so, so the flavors can really meld.
  4. When done, remove from heat and add in sesame seeds.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Kale Rice Bowl w/ Rice of the Prairies | Well and Full

18 Comments

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    Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
    December 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I certainly like the look of this whole oats-pretending-to-be-rice thing, it’s fun to see oats show their savory side! And I imagine the texture is really unique and yummy. Congrats on the move, that is exciting and I wish you the best <3

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much Natalie <3 <3

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    December 7, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I’m so sorry that you are going through a tough time right now. It sounds like there is also a lot to be celebrated which hopefully helps distract you from the pain you are experiencing. I wish you lots of good memories in your new home and many more delicious meals like these kale rice bowls! :)

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet note, Sarah <3

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    December 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

    This looks so good, Sarah! I’ve lived with my boyfriend for just over a year and I have to say it is just the best. It really is just like having a fun sleepover all the time and you can be as silly and goofy as you want together because no one else is watching :) I hope your new home is helping with the tough time in your life! <3

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you, friend!! <3

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    Consuelo | Earthly Taste
    December 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Congrats on the move Sarah! And I hope you start feeling better soon! Sending lots of love and good vibes your way (in exchange for a bowl of this because it sure looks epic!!!) xx

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Aww thanks Consuelo!! <3

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    Julia
    December 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Oh man, I’m sorry to hear about your troubles…I didn’t catch the backstory on Instagram, but I can tell you the few simple words that always seem to get me through my tough times: Everything works out the way its meant to. I know it’s cliche, but hopefully it resonates with your situation.

    And huge congrats on the move! Living with a significant other is big and exciting! I hope you’re settling into your new place, and enjoying the process of making a house a home. These kale bowls are absolute perfection! I’m loving how healthful and vibrant they are! That turmeric? Perfection!

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I think that everything that’s happened has happened for a reason, too. Even though tough things are going on, I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life :) Sending hugs!

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    Maëva
    December 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I hope everything will be okay for you!
    This recipe looks so cozy and wintery. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you Maeva! <3

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    lindsay
    December 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    stunning friend! the bowl, the recipe, the photos! love this rice on the prairies concept. I must check it out. YUM!

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      Sarah
      December 7, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks so much Lindsay! Sending hugs!

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    Jayme | holly & flora
    December 8, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I’m so sorry you are going through a tough time, Sarah. I can relate in the fact that I want to be transparent and hopefully be able to connect with others, who also might relate. It is just difficult – on a lot of levels – to do that. I’m so happy you have found support. Jessie and Ashlae have both been beacons of light to me at points in my life, too. I think I text or snap Ashlae at the most unraveling moments in my day, yet she still shows up as a friend.

    I am sending you light and love this season, in hopes it brings you the solace and support and growth that you need. I know our situations might be quite different, but I’m also there with you, trying to differentiate when and how to share it.

    This recipe sounds like just what I need – comforting whole foods – even though I’m craving chocolate and sparkling wine. Big hugs to you, lady.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      December 8, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet note, Jayme. It’s amazing the connections you can make when you open up – you never know who is going through a similar thing, or experiencing a similar emotion. I hope you find peace and equanimity this season, and that your side project – whatever it may be – goes smoothly and successfully. Sending hugs, Jayme! <3

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir.com
    December 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Love the rich colors in this dish! I’m not sure I’ve ever had whole oat groats…interesting. Looks a bit like wheat berries!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      December 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      They’re definitely a little bit like wheatberries! Nice and chewy :)

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