Amie Valpone’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl #SaladFest2013

Amie Valpone‘s culinary creativity is literally off-the charts.  We are recent friends butamie long time fans and admirers of the kitchen concoctions that this woman comes up with!  No one puts unexpected flavors and ingredients together with boldness and verve quick like The Healthy Apple.

It’s not enough that she thinks outside the box coming up with totally original recipes for seasonal veggies, snacks and baked good alike BUT…

Pretty much all of her recipes are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Soy-Free.  The Healthy Apple is literally mecca for foodies with dietary restrictions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, go to her site, look around and you’ll be amazed at what you find!  Amie is endowed with endless inspiration!

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Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl
Servings: 2-4
Time: 1 hour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt and pepper. Stir in rice; return to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat, add spinach and onions; mix well to combine. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!


The Healthy Apple was started by Amie Valpone, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Marketing Consultant, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.  For recipes like Amie on Facebook and to join the conversation follow her on Twitter.

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Recipe: Indonesian Peanut Rice

We love this yummy meal because it’s so comforting AND because it’s mostly made from pantry staples.  This sauce is awesome on everything!  We often do this dish as a makeover meal, turning boring brown rice into an exotic Indonesian culinary event.  Even though it takes close to an hour to make in total, it’s not active cooking time.  If you don’t happen to have bell pepper or scallions, no worries, swap them out for other veggies like mushrooms, onions, or even squash.

Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Indonesian Peanut Rice

Servings: 6-8
Time: 50 minutes

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup chopped roasted, unsalted nuts
  • ¼ cup toasted coconut flakes, unsweetened

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (natural, no sugar added)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • about 1/4 cup hot water to thin the sauce


Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl, jar or blender and mix well. It might take a little elbow grease to dissolve all the peanut butter into the water but eventually it will dissolve.

In a large bowl combine the cooked brown rice, red pepper, and sprouts.  Toss with the peanut sauce and let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to absorb all the flavor.

Garnish with sprouts/scallions and peanuts.  Best served at room tempurature (though it’s awesome hot or cold too!)


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