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Crunchy, creamy and colorful. This rice salad is is loaded with flavor and packed with good for you ingredients.
Rice Salad With Peanut Dressing
The first time I ever ate a rice salad was a long time ago, before I was married and had kids, and was working full time, okay, who am I kidding? I still work full time, actually I work overtime. I bet if you’re a mom, whether or not you are working outside the home, you can probably relate. Because parenting is a full time job! Back when I had 2 toddlers and I was a stay at home mom, I thought my schedule was full. And it was. And now I have 4 kids, homeschool, still stay at home mom, when I’m not driving my children somewhere, write a blog, etc, and guess what, my schedule is full. I look back and think those days were easy. What I’ve discovered along the way, is that wherever you are at, you are at your max. People with 6 or 8 kids, maybe they think 4 is easy.
But, I’m getting off track here. So, back in the day, I used to frequent a local restaurant that had a Rice Salad. I ordered it every time, I loved it. I recently remembered that and it inspired me to create this beauty.
Shhh, my secret weapon
My Sweet Tooth
I have to mention, I have a sweet tooth. If you’ve been around here at all, you know I’m a “everything in moderation” kind of girl. However, as I’m, ah-hem, aging, my body handles sugar differently than it used to. One of the things I’m loving right now is Truvia. I used to not even think about substituting anything for sugar, but last year I did some research and was pleasantly surprised to find Truvia Spoonable is a perfect choice. For one, it’s NOT artificial, it’s a natural sweetener, and has zero calories! It’s stevia based and the flavor is amazing. I can’t even tell that I’m not using sugar. If you’re counting calories, or simply trying to reduce sugar in your diet, you’ve got to try it friends.
I use it in my home made chai tea and many other recipes that call for sugar or honey. It can take the place of any sugar or sweetener, it is so versatile, and did I mention it tastes great?! Personally Truvia Spoonable is my favorite way to purchase it, but you can buy packets, brown sugar blend, or, there’s even a baking blend.
Lots of people are getting back into their health goals after the holidays. I am the same way, I’m just craving healthier foods. Let’s make a salad.
First, get the rice started. With rice, you basically need two parts liquid to one part rice. Using coconut milk as the liquid is a perfect way to add flavor and creaminess to your rice. For this recipe, used 1 cup rice, and 2 cups of coconut milk. While that’s cooking, you can slice and dice the veggies, and cashews. I just love all the colors in this salad! And these beautiful veggies give it good crunch.
Next prepare the dressing. Whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, coconut milk, fresh ginger, and Truvia.
Toss the rice and veggies together with the chopped cashews. Reserve some whole cashews for the topping. Once it’s all mixed together, serve it in individual bowls, and top with the dressing, cashews and cilantro. Serve with pita points or warm flat bread.
Grab your Truvia Spoonable at your local Walmart and get cracking on this salad! Join me in 2016 staying on top of your fitness goals!
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- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 cups green cabbage
- 2 cups purple cabbage
- 1 cup carrots, julienned
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
- ½ cup cashews, chopped, plus more for garnish that are whole
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ½ tsp Truvia Spoonable
- Rice: Combine rice and coconut milk together in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until rice has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff with fork.
- Salad: Combine all veggies and toss.
- Add chopped cashews.
- Dressing: Whisk together oil, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, coconut milk and Truvia until combined well.
- Serve Salad in individual bowls, topped with whole cashews, cilantro and dressing.
Truvia Natural Sweetener can be used in these recipes too! Be sure to check out the conversion chart before substituting.
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