Monday, March 12, 2012

Brown Rice Porridge

I found the coolest website this weekend. It's called Eating Bird Food and it's written by a Holistic Health Coach named Brittany. She has some really great healthy recipes, one of which I'm sharing with you today. I plan to try several more and will share those as well.

I'll be honest with you, I used to be a total health food nut. Since discovering Sonic here in Texas, however, that has changed....oh! and Chick-Fil-A....can't forget them. I still use a lot of ingredients you'd find at the health food store, and I eat just healthy enough for some of my southern family members to roll their eyes at me and ask, "What the heck is that?!" I'm really feeling a pull to get things back to how they once were though. Yoga, tofu, no fried foods.....I miss that lifestyle. It made me feel good. So, you can maybe imagine my excitement when I found Miss Brittany because I've almost completely morphed into a southerner and can barely remember how to prepare tofu. Okay, now that I've offended southerners and let my dark skeleton out of the closet, I hope you'll still read my blog and know that although I was born in California, I was raised by a Texan and an Arkansasian (don't think that's really a word) and I LOVE southern cooking, no doubt, but it hates me and my waistline (which I would desperately like to find again). So, this morning, guess what?! I did Yoga stretches and tried the Brown Rice Porridge recipe on the Eating Bird Food site. I feel like I have a new lease on life! Not sure how the rest of the day will go, but it got a good start. :-)

Normally, I would add some kind of sweetener to my morning hot cereal, but this one didn't really need it. If you prefer your porridge syrupy sweet, then you might want to add some.

I think the banana adds a lot of sweetness, and it's so smooth and creamy that I hardly noticed the lack of sugary-ness. The texture that the brown rice adds is really wonderful, as well. Give it a try. I'd love to know what you think.

Brown Rice Porridge
Makes 2 Servings

1 cup cooked Brown Rice
1 cup Water
2T. Rolled Oats (uncooked)
1 whole Banana
Cinnamon (as much or as little as you like)

Heat all the ingredients on high until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 8-9 minutes.

Easy as can be! I added some peanut butter and a sprinkling of freshly grated cinnamon to mine, and it was so yummy and satisfying. I loved it! If you want it sweeter, add some Agave nectar or pure Maple Syrup and it will still be healthy. Enjoy!

NOTE: My brown rice was actually mixed with a little Quinoa: 4 cups water, 1 1/2 cups brown rice, 1/2 cup Quinoa

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