This rocked. I was really struggling with what to make for lunch today, Wednesday, a fast day, that would not make Sophia whine about it. So I threw this together and it was an instant hit. First, you need to get your hands on some za-atar seasoning or make some (like HERE). Trust me, it is awesome. You will use it all the time. Anyway, this is easy, really easy. I made a ton, this is half of it, so it is a hearty main dish or a side for a crowd. Dig in, folks. You know my kids did!
2 C white sushi rice (yes, white, it is what we eat to avoid too much fiber when we fast)
2 C raw cashews
1 C sunflower seeds
2 Tb za'atar seasoning
1 (12 ounce) black ale or stout beer
2 C water
Brown the rice, seeds, and nuts in a Dutch oven with a fast friendly oil. I use expeller pressed sunflower oil because it tastes good. Add the beer (so only fast friendly for the Slavs) and water as well salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down to low and simmer and let it ride for twenty minutes. Then it is all good!
So, make the seasoning blend and let me know what you think! You can use it in pretty much anything, anything! So dang good. Oh, if you are gluten free, some have toasted wheat in it, so watch out! Best to make your own.