Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Banana Bread in a bowl

This is my usual breakfast these days.

Whole grains, hemp seeds, walnuts, and banana.  It tastes like banana bread.

This is how I make it.

Banana Bread in a Bowl

1/2 cup whole oat groats
1/2 cup whole kamut
1/2 cup brown rice
4 1/2 cups water

The night before, I put the grains and water in the rice cooker.  I set it on delay to finish by the morning, when I want breakfast.

Then I get to add these on top:

Sliced banana
Hemp hearts

The rest of the family adds their own favorite toppings.  But for now, these are my favorites.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rice and Beans

I was recently reminded of this recipe compilation of mine from a few years ago.

Rice and Beans, Beans and Rice

There are a 13 pages of recipes featuring rice and different kinds of beans.  Very satisfying foods.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Coconut Rice

My children cheer when I announce we're having coconut rice for dinner.  It's no big thing, but it is delicious.  I simply replace about 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water with one can of coconut milk.

So, in my rice cooker, it goes like this.  Add the contents of one can of coconut milk then fill with water to the 4 line.  Add 4 rice cups (about 3/4 cup each) of basmati rice and a 1/4 tsp of salt.  Cook on white rice setting.  Sometimes I will substitute half the rice with quinoa or red lentils.  If using quinoa, make sure it is rinsed really well to remove the bitter coating.

Here are suggestions to add to the rice, although it is delicious on its own.

Jamaican Rice Salad

2 cups cooked coconut basmati rice
1 ½ cups red kidney beans
3 green onions, chopped
½ cup shredded carrots (about 1 large)
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Tbs cilantro, chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1 Tbs olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Huge pile of spinach

Place rice in a large serving bowl with beans, onions, carrots, jalapeno, cilantro and thyme.  Toss to mix.  Combine oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Drizzle over salad and serve over spinach.

Pagoda Rice Salad

2 cups cooked basmati rice (with coconut milk, optional)
4 chopped green onions 
4 cups loosely packed, chopped spinach
1 11-ounce can mandarin orange segments, drained
2 cups mung bean sprouts
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained (optional)
1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing
1/2 cup avocado chunks

Place the rice in a large bowl. Add the green onions, mung bean sprouts and spinach. Mix well. Add the orange segments and water chestnuts. Toss gently to mix.

Mix dressing and soy sauce. Pour over salad. Stir in avocado. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Greek Rice

2 cups cooked basmati rice
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
3 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
2 Tbs sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tbs pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 Tbs pine nuts, toasted
¼ cup freshly chopped mint
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp dried oregano
Sea salt and pepper

Saute onions, celery, and garlic in olive oil until soft.  Mix together all ingredients and season to taste.

Breakfast Rice

1 cup cooked basmati rice
1 avocado, diced
1 cup diced tomato
Drizzle of olive oil
2 tsp of lemon juice
Sea salt to taste

Mix all together in a bowl and enjoy!  If you want additional seasoning, I like The Zip from Spice Hunter.

Island Rice Salad

2 cups cooked basmati rice
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup pineapple, diced or crushed
1 cup mandarin oranges
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbs cashews or peanuts

Using the rice as a base, add whatever other ingredients you want.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pintos and Potatoes

Recently declared a favorite meal, I did my best to write down how I made this simple and satisfying lunch.

1 cup vegetable broth
3 cups diced potatoes
2 cans pinto beans, rinsed
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup mild salsa
1 can black olives

Heat broth and potatoes in a large skillet.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Add pintos and seasonings.  Then add tomatoes and salt and heat through.  Stir in olives just before serving.

I used frozen diced potatoes.  And we added homemade yogurt at the table.  And perhaps some hot sauce, for me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Turning Up The Heat

If your nose, fingers, and toes are cold, it is a sign that your body does not have enough energy to do all it needs to do AND keep your extremities warm.  Your core body temperature really should be 98.6°.  

The warmer your body is, the better everything functions.

So, how do you warm your body up?  Starch, sugar, salt, saturated fat.  Think of a piece of toast with butter and sugar.  Real dairy butter and real sugar.  Try it next time you are cold.  It may take a few pieces to warm you up, but it will work.

Here is a great article I found this morning that goes into detail about broken metabolism and how to fix it.  With one caveat, I don't agree with her position on avoiding grains.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Family Favorites From Allergy Days

In times past ,we have had to avoid certain foods due to allergies.  By the grace of God, that is no longer necessary.  But I know how daunting it can be to overhaul your family's diet.  So, here is the recipe booklet I put together in 2009 with some of our favorite recipes.  They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free, or at least have the options to be so.

Monday, October 13, 2014

God's Gracious Harvest

Food grows in our backyard
I have alluded to my lack of gardening knowledge before.  This summer, we actually dared to plant SEEDS in our garden.  And then the chickens came in and ate or scattered most of them.  We did harvest a few carrots.    Late in the summer, there were even a couple of cucumbers discovered.  Two zucchini plants still thrived - of course.  And it has been so fun to be making dinner and ask a child to go grab a zucchini or two from the garden.

Before we moved into this house (7 years ago), the previous owners planted some lovely food producers in our backyard.  Peach trees, apple tree, blackberry bushes, and grape vines.  I love that my children can be playing in the backyard, and grab themselves a snack of delicious concord grapes.  I know they've been eating blackberries when their faces and clothes are a purply-blue color.  

We have added a few more fruit trees and some raspberry canes.  I am looking forward to seeing those produce soon.  And now that the chickens have a new, functional (securely closing) coop, we may even be able to plant a garden from seeds next year.