Aspire For Life - Brown Rice And Bean Salad - NZ by AndreaEL
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This easy to prepare meal is as delicious as it looks! It is one of the many recipes featured on Aspire for Life. This photo was taken by me using a Lumix DFC-FZ35 just before my hubby enjoyed this healthy lunch dish.

What is Aspire for Life?
It is a new healthy living / weight loss program designed in New Zealand. If you are a person who loves food then check out their website.

The NZ Institute of Plant & Food Research commissioned experts in their field to prepare a set of scientifically valid, helpful, information resources for Aspire for Life. Cooking Mentor and Dietitians compiled the Cooking section. As one of the chosen photographers for Aspire for Life, I get to prepare, photograph and enjoy this wonderful healthy way of eating with my hubby Keith. Cooking has been a passion of mine since I was 9 years old.., I was humbled to have a number of my own recipes accepted into the programme…

This is not only a weight loss programme, it is for anyone who wants to eat their way to a healthy life including diabetics…
We have followed Jackie’s success story which was broadcast on Close up -One News in NZ. Jackie has lost my whole body weight and demonstrates this by scooping me up on the video clip below. Click on Close UP to View…

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Top 10 August 2011

Aspire For Life – Brown Rice And Bean Salad

How to make brown rice and bean salad
Brown rice and bean salad G.F./D.F./ V.
Make this delicious salad to serve in the winter months when fresh salad vegetables are not so tasty or readily available. Packs well for picnics and lunches. It’s quite quick to prepare, if the rice is pre-cooked, however a resting time of a few hours improves the flavours immensely.

Serves: 6 Aspire portions per serving: 1 grain, 1 fruit, ½ legume
Preparation time: 5minCooking time: 25min

Ingredients
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can of 4 or 5 bean mix
2 lemons – zest and juice
2 spring onions
½ cup fresh mint
1 cup currants
1 dessertspoon oil
½ tsp salt

Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Vegetarian

Method
Drain and thoroughly rinse the beans. Place in a large bowl along with the brown rice, the juice and zest of the lemons, finely diced spring onions, finely chopped mint the currants and lastly the oil.
This salad will last 2 days in the fridge.
Be careful not to overcook the rice

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Comments

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Gosh, that looks delicious! I know I would love this, not sure about hubby, who doesn’t like beans. Maybe I could get him to try it. You’ve presented it beautifully, Andrea!

  • Many thanks for your kind and inspiring comment, much appreciated Dot. It was a lovely dish, he may love it..

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Looks good enough to eat ☺ every thing I like is there. Excellent still life

  • Many thanks for your kind and inspiring comment, much appreciated Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 3 years ago

    Looks very yummy and well presented too :-)

  • Many thanks for your kind and inspiring comment, much appreciated Yolanda

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Looks yummy; nice presentation.

  • Many thanks for your kind and inspiring comment, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    looks great- very creative! You’re amazing : )

  • Many thanks for your kind and inspiring comment, much appreciated Steph

    – AndreaEL

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenover 3 years ago

    Excellent food shot! I’ve been realizing shooting food is not necessarily easy, but you sure do it wonderfully!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely kind words & support ,Tracy very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenover 3 years ago

    P.S. Should’ve said, as someone who’s lost almost half of my total body weight 9 years ago, I really commend you for the work you’re doing to try to help others!

  • Thanks for the lovely compliment…

    – AndreaEL

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot of this healthy meal!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely kind words & support Tibby, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    Now that looks fantastic….

  • Thank you so much for your lovely kind words & support Loree, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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