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Brown rice

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OK, last week I tried quinoa, and it was alright. This week I tried something a little less intimidating - brown rice. I got the short grain variety, so it was kinda sticky. It was ok as a side dish with some chicken thighs I cooked up with onions and rosemary. It was GREAT tonight, a couple days later, when I used the leftover rice to stuff acorn squash. I combined it with walnuts and dried cranberries, stuffed it into some pre-cooked acorn squash (hooray for microwaves!) with some chicken broth to add some flavor and WOW! I will definately be making that again! SO - short grain rice will rear it's head again, I'm thinking of all kinds of other stuff I can, well, stuff!

  
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BANANNA38 10/14/2009 11:55PM

    I LOOOVE Brown Rice too! It has so much more flavor than the white stuff! Costco sells it frozen and it cooks up in just a few minutes in the microwave. Trader Joe's also has it frozen.

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Quinoa

Thursday, October 08, 2009

OK, first new food that I cooked with is... quinoa! I have to say, this ws dissapointing at first. I didn't know what the flavor woul be, so I just boiled it in plain water. I added raisins and pine nuts becuase I figured those two go great with just about everything. The end result was dissapointing. However, I feel pretty good about the quinoa and feel like next time if I use chicken broth instead of water I'll have better results. Also, I had the leftovers today for breakfast. I boiled them in some milk and added a little honey, and that was MUCH better than the plain quinoa.

Anyhow, I don't think the boyfriend was very happy with the quinoa, so next week I'll be trying something a bit more simple. We'll have to see!

  
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PINKSTILETTOS 10/8/2009 11:37AM

  Awww that's too bad that you didn't like it. I make a really great quinoa salad if you'd like the recipe!

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ANNROBERTS54 10/8/2009 10:42AM

    Quninoa is an odd grain. It has a very bitter outer coating that must be washed off very well. Usually it is done commercially so that once you buy it you don't have to worry. But sometimes a bit is still present and can make it taste off. It is also higher in calories than many other grains. I just don't care for it enough to bother. Try whole grain barley. It is one of the highest in fiber and lowest in calories. Use it like rice in pilaf's and such

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MEEKMARY 10/8/2009 9:45AM

  Sorry it didn't turn out as well as you would have liked. At least you were brave enough to try it. I haven't been that brave yet.

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Buying in bulk!

Friday, October 02, 2009

OK, I have NEVER done a blog before, but since I joined the 1 Day Challenge team and doing a blog is the challenge, I am giving it a try. I think today is a good day to start regardless because I went to Whole Foods and bought a ton of bulk food that I plan on cooking all winter long. SO - I bought some polenta, quinoa, pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, and lentils. I'm planning on updating my blog each time I cook one of these up and letting everyone know how it turns out. I've never cooked with dried beans or grains before, so this should be fun!

  
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MICKEY927 10/7/2009 4:22PM

    I can't wait to read about the recipes! I'm always looking for some good, healthy winter recipes! Good luck!

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DHSPARK 10/2/2009 10:24PM

    emoticon It's easier to stick with a food plan when you are prepared with the groceries. Can't wait to hear about your recipes!

emoticon Deb

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