Fragrant citrus brown rice with pecans by Samantha Gowing

Serves 4

2 cups of brown rice, well cooked
2 tablespoons macadamia oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon grated turmeric
1 cup celery, finely sliced
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
½ cup coriander, finely chopped
¼ cup dried cranberries  
Salt & pepper

¼ cup pecans, roughly chopped
Herbs and flowers  
Combine the first seven ingredients while the rice is still warm.  Then add the rest of the ingredients once the rice is cool.  Allow to stand for at least 30 minutes to let the flavours develop. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, herbs and flowers. 

Samantha is a chef and clinical nutritionist, she runs her business Gowings Food Health Wealth, a global wellness solutions company in Byron Bay. You can find more of her recipes at

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Serves 4

1 large sweet potato, washed and cut into small cubes
1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
Olive oil
1 ½ - 2 cups brown rice
2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp crunchy 100% peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
Juice of one lime
Approx ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado
2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
Coriander (optional)

Preheat oven to 190°C.

Combine the sweet potato, onion and olive oil on a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

Meanwhile, cook the rice according to packet instructions.

In a frypan over high heat, heat a drizzle of olive oil before adding the chicken. Sprinkle with the paprika and cook, tossing, until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside.

To make the dressing, combine the garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, lime juice. Whisk in enough olive oil to reach your desired consistency (I like it thick but pourable).

To serve, place rice in the bottom of bowls and top with spinach. Place chicken, sweet potato and sliced avocado next to each other on top. Drizzle with dressing and garnish with coriander.

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