Someone last week asked me my age. I was silent for a minute (frankly stunned), trying to decide how to politely answer this rather blunt question with grace and honesty.
Admitting one’s age is delicate. When younger, we want people to think that we look more mature than our real age. And then at some point in adulthood when we are mature, we start to hope others think we are younger, and we’ll do whatever it takes to look younger.
This Edamame and Brown Rice with Soy and Citrus is a recipe that thumbs its nose at the aging clock. It’s a simple side dish with nutritious ingredients, some that might actually help slow down the aging process. And when you’remy age (although I do not care to divulge that exact number), that’s a good thing.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients and how they might seemingly turn back time:
Brown rice- a whole grain, high in selenium and other antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the body. Aging brings on all kinds of inflammation. (I sure know getting older inflames me!)
Edamame- contains a naturally occurring antioxidant called daidzein that has been shown to activate a protein linked to regulating the aging process.
Orange zest and juice- the vitamin C helps boost collagen production. Less collagen production, more sag, and no one likes sag.
the ingredients in the Eden Shake:
Sesame seeds- a good protein source, and high in omega-3 fats, a kind of fat that helps lessen inflammation in the body. A colleague asked me last week how a couple of sesame seeds could be of any nutritional value. I replied, reminding her that our overall health is the sum of all its parts. Even though we may only eat a sprinkling of sesame seeds at a time, they too add to the whole equation. But I digress…
Nori- (the green sheet that holds sushi together) is a high source of protein, omega-3, fiber, vitamin C and A…all really, really good stuff!
Shiso- a cousin to mint, aka beefsteak or Japanese basil; I'm uncertain of the exact nutritional value, but based on the gorgeous purple hue and knowing that it is an herb, there has got to be some nutritional goodness to it.
Edamame and Brown Rice with Soy and Citrus
1 cup brown rice (we used Braggadocio Rice from McKaskle Family Farm)
1 ½ cup frozen shelled edamame
Zest and juice of 1 orange (about 1 tsp. zest, ¼ cup juice)
1 Tbsp. soy sauce (we used Ozark Forest’s Shiitake Mushroom Soy Sauce)
1 Tbsp. Eden Shake Sesame and Sea Vegetable Seasoning (see note below)
- Cook brown rice according to package directions.
- Whisk together zest, orange juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl.
- Combine edamame, the sauce mixture and cooked rice in a larger bowl.
- To serve, generously sprinkle Eden Shake on top.
Note- I learned of this terrific seasoning in an issue of Cooking Light Magazine. If you have a hard time finding Eden Shake, try subbing a mixture of 1 tsp each: sesame seeds, crushed nori sheets and sea salt.