Brandon’s Green Tea Rice

This recipe is part of my friend Brandon’s contribution to Foodie Friend Friday. For the rest of the menu, check out the following posts:

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Foodie Friend Friday #1: Annie Makes NOMZ (A.K.A. Risotto)

I am very excited to introduce a new column of sorts to my blog: Foodie Friend Friday!

I asked five wonderful friends of mine to each contribute a recipe to my blog. I’m going to post one on each Friday this March, starting this evening (better late than never). I thought it would be a nice way to showcase some of my kitchen-savviest friends’ delicious recipes, as well as diversifying what’s on this blog of mine a bit. I hope you enjoy what they have cooking for us!

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Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken with Okra, Black Beans, and Rice

My aunt gave me some birthday money back in September that I couldn’t decide what to do with. I knew I wanted something for my teeny tiny student kitchen, but I didn’t quite know what my new toy would be. As my schedule got busier and busier, with a part-time job consuming most of the “free” time I had when school was over and done with, I realized that a slow cooker may be a great fit for my increasingly hectic life. So, in December, I got my hands on my very own crock pot and got busy right away with a yummy recipe from scratch! I hope you like it as much as I did! I think I’ll be making a vegetarian chili next…

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Turkey and Wild Rice Soup with Basil Pesto

I love leftover soup. You know what I mean — when you make a meal and then re-purpose the leftovers into a new, totally delicious dish?

In this particular case, I had a massive frozen turkey breast that I didn’t get to make for Thanksgiving this year… So, one Sunday afternoon, I roasted it to perfection on a bed of carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes, enjoyed a week’s worth of meals, and then used the extra turkey to make soup!

… it was a really large turkey breast.

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Mung Bean Kitchari

I have been interested in trying kitchari for a long time. Kitchari is a traditional Indian food, often used in Ayurvedic practices and fasts.

Now, let me be clear about one thing: I do not believe in fasting or any other crash diet type of program for weight loss purposes. These are unhealthy and unsustainable, and you do more damage to your body with them than anything else. However, I do believe in the healing and cleansing properties of foods, and don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to give your digestive system a cleansing meal once in a while — as long as you’re still eating a regular and healthy amount of food.

Now that that’s out of the way…

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Beet Greens with Brown Rice

I didn’t try beet greens until very recently.

I signed up for a share from a local CSA, Main Street Market, this summer. Every week from May until this October, I will get fresh fruit and vegetables delivered by bicycle to my home. It’s all local and organic, and tastes so much better than anything store bought. As you will soon learn, I don’t quit talking about it, and encourage you to seek out your own CSA options wherever you are.

So last week, I got a beautiful bunch of fresh beets in my share.

Fresh, delicious beets!

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