What you'll find inside a California roll fits the CE-mission to a tee: rice, nori (seaweed), cucumber, avocado and crab. Sugar- and sorbitol-laced imitation crab is the most economical but we suggest opting for the real thing. Now, get rolling!
Learn to cook the perfect pot of rice - Chef Jo has four kinds to share, two of which are sure to impress guests!
2 cups medium-grain brown rice, cooked
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp of a CE-approved sweetener, such as Sucanat
1 tbsp sea salt
2 sheets nori
6 to 8 oz fresh crab
Sesame seeds, optional
1 bamboo mat
1 sharp kitchen knife
While the rice is cooking, prep the other ingredients. Cut up the crab, julienne the cucumber and slice the avocado. Make sure to peel the cucumber.
Prepare the vinegar mixture (or buy sushi vinegar ready-made and heat it before using). Over medium heat, warm vinegar on stove and mix in Sucanat and sea salt (don't boil because sugar can burn). Mixture is done when all the ingredients have dissolved.
Transfer rice to a large mixing bowl. While rice is hot, fold in vinegar (1 tbsp for each cup of cooked rice). Be sure to fold and not stir, as you do not want to break the kernels and have the rice turn mushy. Let cool to room temperature.
Modern-day Italians serve cornmeal-based polenta as a simple side or hearty entrée, enriched with cheeses and herbs. Offering yet another take on the classic, our polenta is used to create a soft crust for a winter vegetable pie.
Grain salads are fast and fantastic grab-and-go options for lunch or dinner. Toss your leftover cooked grains in your favorite homemade vinegar-based dressing. Pair with a protein of your choice, add grated veggies and fresh herbs, and top with avocado and toasted nuts and seeds. To get a jump start on the week’s meals, premake three portions of your favorite grain salad recipe using three 1-liter Mason jars. Preassemble this CBLT (coconut bacon, romaine lettuce and cherry tomato) grain salad for lunches or a quick dinner.
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Health benefit: Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, an important antioxidant for immune and skin health, but the real supernutrients in citrus lie in its flavonoids, which are found in the peel and pith. Studies have found that citrus flavonoids help repair DNA damage, lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory properties.