If you're unfamiliar with macrobiotic food, it originated from Japan and has a strong sea vegetable and fermented soy and vegetables base. In this simple recipe, short grain brown rice is combined with arame, a type of Japanese kelp, savory onion, nutty sesame seeds, carrot, and is finished with a drizzle of salty tamari. This comforting dish will keep you full, yet it won't make you feel weighed down.

Macrobiotic Brown Rice Arame [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Cooking Time



  • 2 cups medium grain brown rice (soaked for at least 2 hours with a pinch of salt)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 ounce arame (see notes)
  • 2 large carrots, sliced lengthways
  • 5 tablespoons tamari sauce


  1. First, cook the brown rice as per instructions on packet. Add the oil and onions to a medium sized pan and sauté until golden brown.
  2. Soak the arame in water for 3-5 minutes. Do not discard the water.
  3. Add the carrots to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the arame with the water just enough to cover all the ingredients and cook for 20 minutes with a closed lid.
  5. Take off the heat and add the cooked rice and tamari sauce.


Arame, also known as sea oak, is a type of kelp. You can find it in any well-stocked Asian grocery or in the international aisle of your local grocery store.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 381 | Carbs: 77g | Fat: 7 g | Protein: 10 g | Sodium: 606 mg | Sugar: 4 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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  1. "A macrobiotic diet (or macrobiotics), is a fad diet fixed on ideas about types of food drawn from Zen buddhism. The diet attempts to balance the supposed yin and yang elements of food and cookware. Major principles of macrobiotic diets are to reduce animal product, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consume meals in moderation."