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Rice Dinner With Island Sauce

A fun way to change up the dinner routine!
These Veggie Kids and I have come up with another fun meal any kid (young or old) will definitely love!   You could really get creative with this meal, adding a variety of family-favorite toppings.  It’s also a great mid-week dinner idea because of how quickly it all gets thrown together.  If you have a meat-eater in the house, just add some grilled chicken or whatever they prefer.  But try the faux version first please!
This is a fun family meal that lets you use your creativity and tailor the meal to your own individual tastes.  Use instant rice in place of uncooked rice if you’re pressed for time.
TIP:  Brown rice is not only more nutritious than white rice but it cooks differently as well.  Use 1 cup of brown rice per 2 1/2 cups of water to yield 3 1/2 cups of cooked rice.  

RICE DINNER WITH ISLAND SAUCE 

prep time=10 minutes
cook time=45 minutes (if you’re making rice from scratch)
makes ~4-6 servings
1 C. uncooked brown rice
2 1/2 C. water
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 C. chow mein noodles** (I used La Choy-no hydrogenated oils!)
1 1/4 C. peas
1 C. mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks or peach pieces
1 C. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 C. shredded non-dairy cheese (Daiya)
optional: shredded coconut, unsweetened
Island Sauce* to drizzle

Directions:

Step 1.  Cook the rice according to package directions, adding the 1/2 tsp. salt to the boiling water.
Step 2.  Place the noodles, peas, fruit, peppers, cheese and optional coconut in small serving bowls.
Step 3.  Put the  in a bowl with a spoon to drizzle.
Step 4.  Once the rice is ready, place that in a serving bowl with the fixin’s all around it.  (Fruits, nuts or raisins are all great with this recipe, find a combination that fits your family!)
Step 5.  Make everything accessible and easy to assemble so people can pick and choose what they want on their “sundaes”.  Drizzle the sauce on top.
**Omit show mein noodles for a gluten-free version.

*Island Sauce 

1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk
1/2 C. tahini
2 tsp. tamari or nama shoyu
1 tsp. agave nectar

Directions:

Step 1.  In food processor or blender, combine coconut milk, tahini, tamari and agave.
Step 2.  Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go.
Make everything accessible and easy to reach so kids can decide what they want as toppers.  Try different types of veggies, fruits or even nuts and raisins with the rice.
Rice Dinner With Island Sauce (V, GF)
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C. uncooked brown rice
  • 2½ C. water
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 C. chow mein noodles** (I used La Choy-no hydrogenated oils!)
  • 1¼ C. peas
  • 1 C. mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks or peach pieces
  • 1 C. red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ C. shredded non-dairy cheese (Daiya)
  • optional: shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • Island Sauce* to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Step 1. Cook the rice according to package directions, adding the ½ tsp. salt to the boiling water.
  2. Step 2. Place the noodles, peas, fruit, peppers, cheese and optional coconut in small serving bowls.
  3. Step 3. Put the in a bowl with a spoon to drizzle.
  4. Step 4. Once the rice is ready, place that in a serving bowl with the fixin's all around it. (Fruits, nuts or raisins are all great with this recipe, find a combination that fits your family!)
  5. Step 5. Make everything accessible and easy to assemble so people can pick and choose what they want on their "sundaes". Drizzle the sauce on top.
  6. **Omit show mein noodles for a gluten-free version.
  7. *Island Sauce
  8. can (14 oz.) coconut milk
  9. /2 C. tahini
  10. tsp. tamari or nama shoyu
  11. tsp. agave nectar
  12. Step 1. In food processor or blender, combine coconut milk, tahini, tamari and agave.
  13. Step 2. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go.

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