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Stuffed Grape Leaves
 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 quarts vegetable/chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 60 grape leaves, drained and rinsed (use preserved imported leaves or pick leaves in early June and use them fresh or preserve in salt water in tightly close jars)
  • hot water as needed
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions
 

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, saute the rice, onion, dill, and mint for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Pour in 1 quart of broth, reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until rice is almost cooked. Stir in 1/2 of lemon juice and remove from heat.

Take one leaf, shiny side down, and place 1 teaspoon of the rice mixture at the bottom (stem) end of the leaf. Fold both sides of the leaf towards the center, roll up from the broad bottom to the top, and place into a 4-quart pot. Repeat with all leaves, leaving no gaps as leaves are placed in pot (to prevent from opening while cooking). Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice and with olive oil.

Pour chicken broth over all to cover grape leaves. Cover pot and simmer for about 1 hour (do not boil, because this will make the stuffing burst out of the leaves). Remove from heat, remove cover and let cool for 1/2 hour. Transfer to serving dish and serve.
 

If using fresh grape leaves, plunge into a deep container of very hot water for about 10 seconds, to soften (don't let the leaves lose their fresh green color).

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riceballsRice Balls
 

Rice balls are a unique way of preparing and eating your favorite brown rice.You will need to shape already cooked brown rice into balls the size of ping-pong balls. Make sure to dip your hands in cold salted water to prevent sticking. 

  • Roll the balls in toasted sesame seeds, mashed and cooked beans, or chopped nuts.
  • Alternatively you can lightly push "ume" a pickled plum or grilled salmon in the center.
  • Wrap in toasted Nori sheets(found at your local health-food or Asian market) 

These are great to prepare the night before.  Great for traveling.

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Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

It’s that time of year again when the cravings for a nice, warm, hearty bowl of soup start.  I’ve gathered from the archives one of my favorite recipes for that brisk autumn day.
 

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Herbal Infertility Treatment

Quinoa Health Benefits


Quinoa is a nutrient rich grain-like “seed” that is an excellent alternative to white-rice or couscous.  Quinoa has been a staple food source for the natives living in the Andes mountain region of South America for over 5,000 years. Natives believed Quinoa bestowed their warriors with...
 

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Best Slow Cookers
 

Best Slow Cookers

Slow cookers are in my opinion one of the most versatile and resourceful inventions ever- ranking in usefulness right up there with the lightbulb.  If you’re one of the many readers who really desires to eat HEALTHY but just can’t find the time or convenience then a slow cooker is for you.

Let’s be honest, nobody was as good a cook as your Grandma. She could whip up anything, throw it in a pot, and it would taste delicious.  The Crock Pot, like your moo-moo wearing grandmother does the same thing.  It really doesn’t matter what you throw into the crock-pot for it to taste good!

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