Taste for Health - Rice Pudding with Tea-Soaked Melon

March 22, 2017

During this Taste for Health food demonstration we made two items that can be made as a healthy dessert option. The first was vegan rice pudding and the second was tea-soaked melon.

Rice Pudding

We chose to make rice pudding because although it is a sweet treat, it can be made in a healthy way. By using brown rice, we use a whole grain, which is good for the body. We also used coconut milk instead of dairy milk so we could add some healthy fat into the recipe. Cinnamon is great for speeding up the metabolism and the small spoon of agave gives the pudding its sweetness but without adding refined sugar.

1 cup coconut milk (about 1/2 can)
1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup
1 cup cooked brown or white rice
Dash cinnamon

1. Pour coconut milk into a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Add agave and stir to combine.
2. Add rice and continue to stir until evenly distributed.
3. Let mixture simmer for about 5 minutes. Liquids should boil off and mixture will become thicker. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon.
Top with honeydew melon.


Tea-Soaked Honey Dew

For our second recipe, we made tea soaked melon. Melons such as honeydew or cantaloupe are great for dessert because their taste is sweet and their texture is soft. By using jasmine green tea, we give the melon extra flavor and flair. Jasmine green tea is good for the immune system and the scent is calming for the mind and body. The added mint gives the melon a crisp finish and aids in digestion.

3 jasmine green tea bags
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons honey
2 pounds mixed melons, such as canary, cantaloupe, and honeydew, sliced into wedges
1/2 cup mint leaves

1. Let tea bags steep in warm water for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, and stir in honey.
2. Arrange melon wedges in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, and pour tea syrup over top. Sprinkle with mint, and refrigerate, flipping melon halfway through, for 45 minutes. Serve with syrup.

Taste for Health 3/22/17

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