This is one of the EASIEST meals to prepare, as well as one of the most pleasurable meals to enjoy, in my opinion. It begs for a beach and sunshine, but also helps ward off cabin fever in the off-season.
You can use this recipe as a base for added sauces such as: soy, sweet-and-sour, peanut sauces, or Sriracha-based flavors. However, I prefer to eat it AS IS-simply steamed- and allow every delicious individual vegetable flavor to fill my mouth and soul with happiness. Also, I can’t help but to sing Harry Nillson’s hit from the ’70s as I prepare, “You put the lime in the coconut…”. Find a version with lyrics here:https://youtu.be/je98UffdN18
You can use a combination of rices, if desired. I used a long grain black rice here. Black rice offers a nice array of B-vitamins, as well as fiber, iron, and antioxidants.
In a sauce pan, place the amount of rice you’d like to use with twice as much water (for example, one cup of rice and two cups of water, or two cups of rice and four cups of water…). Bring to a boil. At the time the water begins to bubble, add torn kefir lime leaves. THIS STEP IS KEY to increase the depth of flavors in this dish. (As a last-resort stand in, when you are out of dried Kefir lime leaves, you can sprinkle the final product with a touch of REAL fresh lime juice.)
While rice is simmering, dice your fresh vegetables, about a cup each of: green beans, snap (or snow) peas, mushrooms, and celery. Place them into a sauté pan with finely diced firm tofu and peeled garlic cloves (one full head).
Add one TBSP of water and cover to steam.
When water has been absorbed from rice, place into heat-proof serving dish, top with your incredibly healthy steamed vegetables, and layer with shredded coconut (I used unsweetened, but feel free to substitute your preferred coconut topping.
Be sure to prepare enough for leftovers, you’ll want to enjoy this meal more than once. This dish freezes and warms well.
12Mulligan. (2013). Coconut.Harry Nillson. (1972) [sic]. [Video File] YouTube . Retrieved from https://youtu.be/je98UffdN18