Rainbow ‘Rice’ (AIP~)

Rainbow Rice 6When walking, walk. When eating, eat.

That’s a Zen Proverb.

Eating mindfully is a powerful way to approach the diet and lifestyle changes that are required on a healing protocol.

And it is also an excellent way to begin a mindfulness practice.

Though I’m hardly an expert.

Mondful EatingI’ve been serious about yoga for 13 years, and even though yoga asanas are specifically designed to prepare the body and mind for meditation, I’m still a fussy and distracted meditator.

I do have moments of accidental mindfulness.

When I am simply here now, acutely aware of everything.

But you don’t get full marks for being accidentally mindful.

The goal is to be mindfully mindful.

Even though I consider myself to be profoundly inexpert in the mindfulness realm, eating is a good place to start.

There is something inherently contemplative about sitting quietly with a bowl of rice.

Just savoring.

Just sitting.

Just eating.

In my case, of course, there’s no rice.

Which sounds like it could be one of those weird zen riddles designed to aggravate you until you find enlightenment, like what is the sound of one hand clapping?

Sitting quietly with a bowl full of rice with no rice…

Rainbow Rice 8

Rainbow 'Rice'

 from petra8paleoRainbow Rice 4

  • 1 head Cauliflower, with stalk & leaves
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 heads Broccoli, with stalks
  • ¼ small head Purple Cabbage
  • ½ cup Bone Broth
  • 3 tablespoons Tallow or Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground Ginger

‘Rice’  the vegetables using a hand grater or the small side of the grating blade in a food processor.

Some of the vegetables might turn out looking a bit more like vermicelli than rice, but it’s all good.

If you use the food processor, process in batches & remove the larger pieces that evade the ricing process as you transfer each batch of the processed vegetables into a bowl.

Add everything except the vegetables to your biggest frying pan or a wok & stir over medium heat to combine and melt the fat. Once warm, turn the heat to medium-high, add the riced vegetables and stir gently until hot and softened.

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for the delicious days ahead.

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10 responses to “Rainbow ‘Rice’ (AIP~)

  1. love this post, the recipe, and the beauty of food you portray so well! 🙂
    thanks for sharing

  2. Katie

    I’ve been practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) for several years and Mindfulness Based Self Compassion (MBSC) for about a year. I just completed a teacher training program last week! I credit it as high as food for helping my healing. BUT . . . I still do better with guided meditations when sitting. I love movement meditations–hiking, walking, mindful yoga. I intend to bring the practice to those of us with chronic illness and those of us with monkey minds!

  3. Kate

    I know I will make this – using cider vinegar instead of aminos (don’t care for the flavor), but by substituting beets, celery or radish for the broccoli, it will make a great base for a lacto-ferment! Thanks.

  4. I LOVE the idea of accidental mindfulness, Petra… I may have to adopt that phrase!

  5. I went to a meditation retreat years ago and the mindful eating was my favorite part. Food suddenly felt sacred again – I was filled with gratitude for every bit.

  6. Alice

    I love the recipe; maybe it will be the side dish for my chicken tonight. I try to be mindful, but it certainly doesn’t always happen. I find that I can still my mind best with old Sunday School hymns and prayers, even though I don’t like church anymore because of all the hopping up and down and lack of meditation. I guess I don’t like imposed ritual.

  7. Rainbow rice, reminds me of rainbow rolls, which reminds me of how much I love sushi. You had me won over with the blog post title, the added bonus about mindfulness was the unexpected gravy

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