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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hippie Rice w/ Tofu ...for this dirty hippie.

One of my birthday wishes was from an old friend who said- "Happy Birthday my fellow dirty hippie!"  Luv ya, Shel.  No shame in my game.  Although, dirty is just something people think when they think it's kind of a joke...but the hippie part...that I'm good with.  I was always pretty clean hippie chic.  No hairy cigarettes.  That's all I'm gonna deny....the rest of the hippie definition?  Totally true.  So a few months back, when Kim made Bitty's Hippie Rice, I knew it was in my future, too.  Although I realized that her version was a different one...from HTCEV, while mine comes from the newer Food Matters Cookbook (which I totally need to procure, by the way...mine's a library copy and I totally love it!).  Looking back, I think both versions are groovy in their own rite.  I ate this for lunch over the next few days.  It was substantial...and actually very tasty with the nuttiness of the sunflower seeds playing against the sweetness of the raisins, the chewy brown rice and the slight bits of heat from the chiles.

Hippie Salad w/ Tofu
from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman
makes ~4 svgs.

1/3 c. sunflower seeds, toasted
1 c. any long-grain brown rice
~1 lb. broccoli, cored and roughly chopped
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/3 c. raisins
1 lb. cubed pressed tofu extra-firm
½ tsp. red chile flakes, or to taste
lemon wedges

Put rice in pan and add water to cover by ~1".  Add a pinch of salt and bring to boil over medium-high heat.  Adjust so mixture bubbles gently.  Cover and cook until most of water is absorbed and rice is just getting tender, 20-30 mins.

Pack the broccoli  and tofu into the pan on top of the rice- don't stir; just leave it on top- and add a little more liquid if water is evaporating too quickly.  Replace lid and continue cooking, adding a small amount of water if pan boils dry, until rice and broccoli are both tender, 5 to 10 minutes.  Transfer rice and broccoli to bowl with sunflower seeds and raisins then toss with oil and red chile flakes.  Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, serve warm or at room temperature, squeezing lemon wedges over top.
Now, if you'll excuse me...I'm off to light some incense, dab on some patchouli, pop on a Dead record and enjoy the rest of this peaceful day...

*This post is linked to:
TacklingBittman cookbook sundays

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  1. I love sunflower seeds. I always throw some in my salads. There are so many lovely ingredients in this dish I couldn't possibly resist.

  2. Heather, you never fail to bring a smile to my face. My sister & I refer to ourselves as hippies, too, mainly because of our parenting styles. Anyway, love the flavors in the rice, particularly the red chile & the broccoli.

  3. You know I love simple and quick and Bittman - this is perfect! A lovely lunch for such a lovely hippie chick!!! Thanks chica for linking this to the new Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop!

  4. Why am I still drawn to anything that says "hippie chica?" My kind of rice - tofu, vegetables, seeds - yes to all.

  5. I'm a clean hippie too! (Well, most of the time :-) This looks like a delicious and nutritious meal. Thank you for sharing it with me. I imagine that the sunflower seeds added a lovely crunch!

  6. I could totally see you as a hippie Heather. The adorable kind with the super long hair and the fabulous rainbow colored outfits. Love it.

    This rice dish sounds delish. Full of a crazy combo of textures and flavors!

  7. Que rica ensalada de tofú, esto tiene que estar divino.


  8. Looks yummy. Can hippies swap out the tofu for chicken? (not a big cubed tofu fan..).

    Maybe even navy beans to keep it veggie?

  9. Never tried tofu, but I really want to, to this will be my first recipe to try.....I am a hippie too!

  10. This looks groovy Heather. Peace. Now I'm going to go listen to some Janis Joplin.

  11. hippies rock! i love this salad, the sunflower seeds and raisins are my favorite part.

  12. looks yummy...beautiful presentation

  13. lol very healthy! and it actually sounds delicious!

  14. Whoa! Having seen the Dead at Oxford speedway in rural Maine and followed Little Feat and worn out peasant blouses, I completely identify with you hippie chick! This bittman recipe looks spectacular as a healthy veggie meal! Awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us on the first monthly tackling bittman recipe hop! keep feeling groovy! Alex

  15. Pass me a plate of this dirty rice Baby! Healthy fare there...mmmm

  16. I'm REALLY glad about the "no hairy pits", lol! And I definitely see you as a hippie chick too. You were born in the wrong decade. :o) I've only had tofu once in my life and it was my accident. I'd be willing to try it again if someone else made it for me (hint hint). I wish I was your next door neighbour. Thank you for sharing your hippie rice with Cookbook Sundays Heather and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  17. Love your hippie rice salad- I'd probably even go for the tofu in it, since it's mixed with so many other yummies. :)

  18. Apart from the tofu, which is one of my least favourite things in the whole world, I'm loving this recipe - I figure I could sub in some mushrooms instead of the tofu, and then this salad would make me a very happy hippy :-)

  19. OK, I confess...I bought the book. ;-) How can you resist the lure of Bittman?! The salad looks great--healthy and full of good flavors and textures. I am marking it to try.

  20. You don't braid your pit hair? lol

    I use a tofu substitute.....pork! ;)

  21. Yum!!! I love dirty hippie food:) I grew up in a hippie town, but can't go longer than about a day or two without a shower so I'm with you on the clean hippie thing :) This rice dish looks awesome, and tho hubby might complain about the tofu, it's so on my list to try!

    I've got to get Bittman's book!

  22. LMAO, Chris...I almost, wet myself! Good substitute, too ;)

    ...and yes, to EVERYBODY who is questionable about the tofu, just make the recipe exactly the same, but leave out the tofu...the tofu was actually a recipe option, which I chose to make since I have a thing for tofu ;) Or of course sub something else...I think it's way open to interpretation...all you free spirits, you ;)

  23. Awww this is very "granola"....haha. I live near a town called new Paltz that is very hippy friendly. You should stop in NY for a visit :)

  24. Yum girlichef! So I just got How to Cook Everything - the gigantic Bittman textbook, and now I am already craving the Food Matters :) Alas, it may be the decade of Bittman cooking!

    Thanks for sharing on the Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop!!

    Dr. Laura