Have you ever made a nice little snack of celery and peanut butter, and then bit into it only to struggle to get an actual bite because strings of celery just wouldn’t break and were stuck in your teeth? Yaaaa, not a fan! That feeling of stringy celery always gave me the heebie jeebies, but luckily Dole has changed my celery fears to cheers! You can now enjoy a special variety of celery that is exclusive to Dole that has a milder flavor, snappier crunch, and less stringy texture. Introducing Dole Premium Celery Hearts!
I love these tender young stalks for snacking because they really are exactly what they say: milder less celery-ish flavor, super easy to snap, break, and crunch, and way less stringy than any other celery I’ve eaten! Another reason I love Dole Premium Celery Hearts? I try not to add additional salt to my recipes, and celery has a natural salty flavor, which is great for Asian dishes, like my Cashew Ginger Brown Rice Bowl below!
I’m starting 2016 off right with a fully balanced Rabbit Food Pyramid approved meal for you guys! It’s pretty crazy that this lunch/dinner meal is a single serving for one person. At first, when you are chopping and prepping, it seems small, but once you add everything together, it’s a pretty awesome sized meal! It’s remarkable how much volume vegetables give to a dish once you add the RFFMBT recommended serving of 2 cups! Heres to a healthy & happy 2016 with tons of fab new Rabbit Food Pyramid approved meals that are totally filling, satisfying, and always tasty!
Cashew Ginger Brown Rice Bowl with Dole Celery
1/2 cup sliced Dole Premium Celery Hearts
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp cashews, crushed
1. Cook brown rice ahead of time and measure out 1/2 cup. Set aside in a bowl.
2. Prepare your vegetables: slice the celery, bell pepper, carrot, and chop the onion.
3. Whisk together the rice vinegar, orange juice, and ginger. Transfer the mixture into a saucepan. Add chopped vegetables and edamame to the pan and sauté in the mixture over medium heat until slightly tender.
4. After vegetables have finished cooking, add them to the bowl of brown rice.
5. Top the veggie bowl with crushed cashews. Enjoy.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: Dole celery, bell pepper, carrot, & onion
Whole Grain: brown rice
Plant Based Fat: cashews
Free Extras: rice vinegar, orange juice, & ginger
Health & Happiness
daynaJanuary 1, 2016 at 5:22 am (7 years ago)
is the celery genetically modified?
Naomi TeeterJanuary 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm (7 years ago)
Look so good! Probably wouldn’t use Dole.. but I understand why you have to do it. 😉
SheilaJanuary 2, 2016 at 5:41 am (7 years ago)
This looks delicious! And I have all the ingredients in my kitchen right now, I’ll definitely make this for lunch :). And really, the only thing that prevents me from eating celery more often are those annoying strings, so I’m going to have to check the dole celery out. Thank you!
RachelJanuary 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm (7 years ago)
Catherine I am so happy to have you back!!
jenn kJanuary 3, 2016 at 7:16 am (7 years ago)
ah, i love this! i’m going to make this for my meals for when i have to head into work this week. thanks, cat! happy new year – and happy engagement!!
evolvewithmaryJanuary 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm (7 years ago)
My boyfriend and I both agree we love celery but we don’t like those annoying strings that get in your teeth and make themselves at home. These celery hearts look like something I can actually sink my teeth into. I love the cashews in this recipe, they always add flavor and a healthy crunch. 🙂
KateJanuary 6, 2016 at 5:34 am (7 years ago)
This recipe is AWESOME and so simple, I even got my 3 year old to eat an entire bowl. THANK YOU!!!!! So incredibly glad that you are back to blogging, missed your presence!
Michele @ TwoRaspberriesJanuary 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm (7 years ago)
This sounds so good! I love rice dishes and the sweet dressing sounds perfect! Loveee this! 😉
LisaJanuary 9, 2016 at 7:36 pm (7 years ago)
Cannot wait to try this one out! I’m also in the process of getting re-motivated. Glad you’re back!
Positively NutritiousJanuary 12, 2016 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)
Tried this and LOVED it! Love incorporating as many fresh, whole foods as I can into my recipes!! So Happy to have you back Catherine, you’ve been a true inspiration to me!!
AshleyJanuary 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm (7 years ago)
Hi! So I started following your blog a few years ago, at a time when I really needed to hear what you had to say. You shared so transparently and authentically with us about the great parts, the learning parts, and the unhealthy parts of your journey, which was a big wakeup call to me about what it means to get HEALTHY, taking advantage of whole, delicious, and actually fulfilling meals, in stark contrast to the 500 calorie diet and other crash methods that I was convinced I needed. Well, flash forward a few years, and I felt a little lost as to what direction I wanted my renewed healthful lifestyle to look like, so here I arrive today, looking to your insightful, genuine, and at times funny & silly blog inspire me and remind me of an example of what a healthy, fun lifestyle can look like as a young woman.
Already-somewhat-prolonged-story-made-short, I took out a new cute notebook (resident hoarder of notebooks over here), wrote out your Rabbit Food Pyramid meals outline, and immediately drove to the grocery store to get missing ingredients for this cashew ginger rice bowl, then commenced to both cook and devour it. Please keep doing you, because this was one of my favorite meals I’ve homemade, and it made me so full, I couldn’t even finish it! And to think only 1/2 cup of it was rice, while the rest was a bunch of veggies? So good.
Thank you for your passion, your culinary/health contributions, and most of all your bright, beautiful spirit!
Kate B.January 14, 2016 at 6:09 am (7 years ago)
Cat! I love you! I started losing weight in High School with lots of bunny food and walking, and lost about 130 pounds, then when I met my boyfriend (now husband) I kept losing and got to my lowest weight! BUT I then continued taking full time college classes (instead of dual enrollment) + a job, then we got engaged and I had to plan the wedding almost entirely alone, and got another job on the weekends and I have been gaining weight ever since. Some of it has been from stress from dropping out of Cosmetology and taking a break from community college while trying to find different jobs, and some of it has been comfort weight because I love my husband more than anything else (Alongside my dad + brothers who are my best friends and my biggest supporters) We just celebrated out first year of marriage last month, it has been great, and we are closer than ever. But, I have gained 60 pounds. It has been the scariest thing. I understand completely what you mean, when people see someone who has lost weight gain it, it’s almost like the strain is 100000x worse. It’s honestly horrifying.
Once those first few pounds came on when I was wedding planning I panicked. Then my gown wouldn’t fit ON MY WEDDING DAY. Luckily our landlord was a seamstress who grabbed a piece of lace and made a bustle to pin and cover the exposed. Then it’s like you’re still in denial from the weight gaining but the scale goes up, up, up until one day everything in your closet is too small – you turn down dinner with friends or even going out in public because you are ashamed. It really, really has been an extremely hard thing to do this.
I love your blog. I said all of this to say that we have all been there. I know exactly how you feel, and I am having to start over too, but we can do this together.
This is a monster of a comment, and I apologize but you inspire me so much. You may be embarrassed but so am I because we are experiencing the same things. When I see photos of myself (the ones I’m not able to avoid having been taken) I ugly cry. For what seems like forever. And I have tried SO MANY TIMES to get back on the wagon and I fall off every time, but I am an optimist – And I relate to you extremely well, sometimes I feel as if I am reading my own blog (its crazy! Do I seem ultra creepster yet?) But lets be accountability partners if you are down for that.As much as it SUCKS to start over from where we started, We can do this! We have done it before! *ugly crying*
But seriously, I would love to speak more with you. I’m really hoping you see this and are willing to discuss more with me!
Ana @ Ana's Rocket ShipJanuary 22, 2016 at 1:19 am (7 years ago)
Thanks SO MUCH For this recipie!!!!!! I love how there are so many veggies, but it’s really simple cause you just need a 1/2 cup of everything. I also love how it’s just one portion; but it was so easy to scale up last night when I had a friend over. Also I love just how yummy it was!
Kathy SandersFebruary 16, 2016 at 3:50 am (7 years ago)
Hi Catherine, I just found your blog and have spent hours reading through your story… And I am so impressed! You are so truly authentic and like you I have lost and gained and been through the roller coaster ride of emotions that go along with that (and I’m 50 so I have been through it many times….ugh). I am in the process of starting my own blog for accountability and wanted you to know that you are not alone and you are an inspiration to me. Best of luck to you, I am cheering for you and will check back often!
AutumnApril 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm (7 years ago)
Catherine, where did you go!? I was so excited when you started blogging again…I really hope that we hear from you soon, and that all is well! //xo
BrittJanuary 19, 2017 at 8:24 am (6 years ago)
I’ve been following ur blog for a super long time, glad your writing again. I’m also in the same boat – I lost about 60 lbs five years ago but slowly it crept back up on me despite following my healthfull diet. This past year I kinda let everything go and stopped exercising / stopped eating a wholesome diet off and on. Now I’m only 15 lbs away from being my heaviest again! We’re only human all we can do is get back at it which I am starting to… that being said I’d love to read a blog such as yours where the writer is trying to get back into the swing of things herself! Would be really motivating!!!
drivingdirections2017March 21, 2017 at 1:50 am (6 years ago)
I love cashew, thank you for sharing the recipe make this dish, I will try to make it
super mario worldApril 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm (6 years ago)
I am in the process of starting my own blog for accountability and wanted you to know that you are not alone and you are an inspiration to me. Best of luck to you, I am cheering for you and will check back often!
Mandi M.May 19, 2017 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)
We miss you!! Love this site and am hoping you’ll come back 🙂
Miranda BardenJuly 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm (6 years ago)
Agreed! I found this site a couple months ago thanks to my sister. I’m going to start a plant based diet with my dad and I’m hoping for some more dinner recipes soon from this amazing woman. It’s a struggle though to find recipes since I am not a fan of yogurt, milk, avocado…being picky and trying to be healthy can be difficult.
MarcusWOctober 26, 2019 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)
Alex JApril 6, 2020 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)
Wow this looks super delicious! It’s bloggers like you who make eating healthy exciting and tasty. I think healthy foods have come a long way from what they were maybe just a decade ago. Super excited to try this and share my experience with you. Keep up the good work Catherene! 🙂
Alex JApril 6, 2020 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)
Wow this looks super delicious! It’s bloggers like you who make eating healthy exciting and tasty. I think healthy foods have come a long way from what they were maybe just a decade ago. Super excited to try this one and share my experience with you. Keep up the good work Catherene! 🙂