A Healthy Winter Breakfast with The Beauty Chef

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As we welcome 2018, we're heading into the kitchen with a collection of recipes intended to refresh, renew, and restore. We're kicking off our clean eating series with a dish from The Beauty Chef, one of our favorite sources of inspiration for vibrant, healthy cooking. From Australian wellness expert Carla Oates, The Beauty Chef approaches skincare from a unique perspective. Carla writes, "I believe that beauty is an inside-out process. Glowing skin is basically a reflection of healthy cells and the solution to a clearer, more radiant complexion and general wellbeing occurs when you balance your gut and feed your body nutrient-dense food."

With this philosophy in mind, The Beauty Chef features nourishing recipes that promote gut health, cellular health, and radiant skin. One of our favorites is a colorful dish to start the day: sticky black rice that's topped with fruit for a bright and beneficial breakfast. Carla says, "This lovely dish is made with black rice, the only rice that contains anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, and mango, which is rich in digestive enzymes." Read on for the recipe. 

Sticky Black Rice with Mango, Strawberries & Coconut Cream
Serves 2

1/2 cup black glutinous rice, soaked in cold water overnight
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup coconut cream
Large pinch of Himalayan salt
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 ripe mango, cut into cubes
6 strawberries, sliced

Drain and rinse the rice.

Place the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Decrease the heat to the lowest possible temperature. Gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes, to finish cooking.

Meanwhile, gently simmer the coconut cream and salt together for 2–3 minutes, until thickened slightly. Set aside.

Once the rice is cooked, add the maple syrup and stir to combine. Set aside to cool slightly.

Serve the sticky rice warm or at room temperature drizzled with the salted coconut cream and topped with fresh mango and strawberries.

Recipe and photography from The Beauty Chef by Carla Oates (Hardie Grant). Copyright © 2016.

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