Brown Rice Pudding Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 

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We had company last night, and I made rice. Lots of rice. Loads of rice! I had a lot of leftovers, and decided to try a brown rice pudding recipe. I googled, and got a few ideas. This morning I made the rice pudding, and while it looks like oatmeal, it’s much yummier!!

The recipe is an adaptation from Versagrain’s.

Brown Rice Pudding

1 1/2 cup brown rice (I used brown basmati)
2 cups milk, divided
2 Tbsp sugar*
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut (optional)
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a medium size pot, combine rice, 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pudding is thick and creamy – approximately 10-15 minutes.

Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk, beaten egg, coconut and raisins. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pudding from heat, stir in butter and vanilla. Enjoy warm!

* I reduced the sugar a lot compared the original recipe, and still found it too sweet because of the added raisins, sweeten to your taste!

Rice and Lentils Soup Monday, Oct 22 2012 

I cut a circle in a piece of fabric and inserted it between the jar’s lid and ring to dress it up a bit. Then I attached the recipe card with a rubber band around the jar.

I was looking for a soup-in-a-jar recipe to give to a friend (part of a housewarming gift). I came across this recipe and it sounded yummy. It looks so pretty layered in the jar! I made a batch of the soup for ourselves too, to make sure it tasted good before giving it away! 🙂  It’s a very hearty soup, exactly what my husband likes, and we quite enjoyed it.

We asked our 18-mth old (who was devouring bowls and bowls of it) if he liked it, and he quickly said “No!” while continuing to devour the soup in his bowl. Can you guess what his favourite word currently is?? 🙂  Gotta work on learning the word YES! 😉

Another way to dress up the lid if by cutting a large circle, and attaching it below the lid of the jar. This way hides the whole lid/ring, but also hides part of the layers of the contents.

Rice and Lentils Soup

2 Tbsp chicken bouillon powder
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup red lentils
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup green lentils
8 cups water
1/4 cup chopped celery (opt)
1 cup cooked chicken pieces (opt)

Layer in a 1 pint jar, in the above order (minus water, celery, and chicken, of course!). Seal with a lid and ring.

Attach a note to the jar:
To make soup, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Pour in contents of the jar and add celery and chicken, if desired. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer 30-45 minutes, until lentils are tender.

Brown Rice Blender Waffles Wednesday, Jul 25 2012 

I recently purchased a Vita-Mix, and am having fun trying new recipes. We are loving this blender pancake recipe, and so I wanted to try a blender waffle recipe! I cam across this one, by Sue Gregg, that is made from brown rice and oatmeal. I’m always game to try new ways to incorporate more grains (less wheat) in our diet, so I gave them a try!

They are more crumbly than my regular waffle recipe, but we still enjoyed them. 🙂

Rice and Oatmeal Blender Waffles

1 1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 egg
1 Tbsp flax seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Put milk, oil, vanilla, brown rice and oatmeal in blender, blend on high for 3-5 minutes, depending on the strength of your blender. Add in egg, and flax seeds, blend 1-3 minutes. Finally add baking powder, baking soda, and salt, blend just until it is mixed through.

Bake in waffle maker according to directions, but make sure to spray oil before every batch! These are not as high in oil content as other waffles, and stick easily. You can also bake these like pancakes, if desired!

Kusherie (Lentils and Rice dish) Wednesday, Sep 21 2011 

A very tasty vegetarian meal. I love the combination of rice and lentils! Thanks to my sister Milca for sharing her recipe!

 

Rice and Lentils

(Serves 6-8)

1 1/4 cup lentils
1 1/2 cups rice*
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
dash pepper

Heat in a heavy saucepan 2 Tbsp oil, add lentils, brown over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Add 3 cups boiling water or stock, salt, and pepper. Cook uncovered 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in rice and 1 cup boiling water or stock. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and cook 25 minutes.

* This recipe uses white rice. We used brown rice and simply cooked it longer once we added the rice to the lentils.

 

Tomato Sauce

3/4 cup tomato paste
3 cups tomato juice, puree, OR sauce
1 green pepper, chopped
chopped celery leaves
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne peppers, or crushed chilis
3 onions sliced*
4 cloves garlic, minced

In a saucepan, heat together all ingredients except onions and garlic. Bring sauce to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20-30 minutes. Heat a little bit of oil in a small skillet. Saute onions and garlic over medium heat until browned.

*I only used one onion, and added the garlic to the sauce. It’s versatile!

TO SERVE: Put rice and lentil mixture on platter, pour tomato sauce over, and top with onions and garlic.

Ground Beef, Rice and Beans Wednesday, Aug 3 2011 

I grew up regularly eating an easy lunch of ground beef and rice (and onions). It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s yummy, it’s filling, and it’s healthy. 😉  We eat it with soya sauce over it. Now, when I make it for my little family, I’ll play around with it, adding black beans (as in the above picture), some mixed veggies, or seasoned rice (also pictured above).

I don’t have an exact recipe for you for this one. How much rice does your family usually eat as a side dish? Make a bit more since that will be the staple of this meal. Try some brown rice too, for extra nutrients! If you’ve tried brown rice before and didn’t like it, don’t despair! Just as there are many types of white rice, there are several types of brown rice. Some I love, some not so much. I always prefer the ones that take the full 45 minutes to cook, not parboiled which cooks faster.

While your rice is cooking, cook your ground beef and onions. I almost always have cooked ground beef in the freezer, which makes this a very quick meal as I just need to thaw out the ground beef.

If you’re adding mixed veggies, cook those too. (or use last night’s leftovers!!)

Then, using a big bowl, mix the rice, ground beef, mixed veggies, rice and whatever else you want! Serve with soya sauce and you’ve got an easy, yummy, and cheap meal!

Variation: Make this a vegetarian dish by omitting the ground beef and adding soy protein, beans, and/or pieces of fried tofu!

Spinach Rice Casserole Tuesday, May 31 2011 

This spinach rice casserole is a delicious meal! It’s like a quiche, but “overloaded” with spinach. It can be made in a pie crust, or simply baked in a casserole dish. Either way, none of it ever goes to waste around here! It’s healthy, super easy to make, and a great way to use leftover rice.

 

 

Looks tasty? Wanna try it? The recipe is right over here. 🙂

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