Jeweled Basmati Rice With Goji Berries

This is a colorful, festive, nutritious, delicious and a perfect side for holidays. It is also naturally gluten-free.

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Makes 6 servings

3 cups freshly cooked Basic Brown Rice (recipe below)
⅓ cup goji berries
⅓ cup sunflower seeds
1 cup shaved raw broccoli florets
¼ cup Fried Scallion Oil (scallions only, drained) (recipe below)
8 large dates, pitted and chopped
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
1-in. piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lemon (about ¼ cup)

In a large bowl, mix together the rice, berries, seeds, broccoli, scallion oil, dates, soy sauce, ginger, sesame and vegetable oils and lemon juice. Toss well and serve.

Basic Brown Rice

1½ cups brown rice (medium-grain sushi, long-grain jasmine or basmati)
2 cups filtered water

In a heavy-bottom pot, add the rice and water. Cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until all of the water has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, let stand for 10 minutes and fluff the grains. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Fried Scallion Oil
½ cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
12 scallions, root ends trimmed, white and green parts chopped thinly or coarsely

In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Stir-fry the scallions, stirring occasionally, until light golden on the edges, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool completely before transferring scallions and oil to a glass jar.

Nutrition facts (per serving): calories 285, fat 15 g (saturated fat 2 g), cholesterol 0 mg, protein 5 g, carbohydrates 35 g, fiber 4 g, sodium 195 g, sugars 8 g

Copyright 2012 American Diabetes Association. From The Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook. Reprinted by permission of The American Diabetes Association. To order this book, please call 800-232-6733 or order online at

April 2013