Thursday, March 15, 2012
Here's a healthier solution, to a fluffy bed of rather bland low nutritional white rice!
I make a pot of this in the beginning of the week, in the morning.
Keep it in my fridge, covered in the pot I cooked it in.
Use a handled measuring cup to scoop out a half cup at a time.
Add it to my stir fried veggies and flesh (chicken, meat or fish)
Its fast, cheap and easy.
Here's what I do.
*A clear glass
*A pot with a tight fitting lid
*A Stovetop ( mine's an electric slab)
*Red "cargo" rice or some other brown variety
Fill the glass half full of rice.
Fill the other half with lentils.
Its doesn't have to be perfect. Close will do.
Dump filled glass into pot.
Fill glass up with pure water to the level that the bean/rice mixture occupied... dump into pot.
Repeat with second glass of water.
Basically, your lentil/rice mix to water is 1:2.
Your pot should be large enuf so that there's a good deal of space between the contents and the lid.
Bring mixture to a boil... boil about a minute.
Turn off heat.
Leave pot on burner, put on lid
Now forget about it until lunch.
The mix will have cooked completely by then on the heat from the range and the captured steam from the previous boiling.
CAVEAT: I don't know if this energy saving technique will work on a gas range.
Use as you would white rice. Only with this one, you'll have more fiber, iron and protein than you would if you were simply cooking white rice.
Finished product... all the lentils have risen to the top...
Added in response to Sparker's comments on 3/16/12:
Some people have problems with the Lectins and Phytic Acid that pulses (fancy for beans) contain.
If you are someone that has problems with beans, but would still like to try this recipe, you can soak the lentils in hot water overnite, toss the water, rinse, and make it using the same proportions and technique.
Its just one more step and bother, but if its the diff between them agreeing with you, or not, it may be worthwhile!
In regards to how I came up with this low-cook technique for lentils/rice, like many good things, it was by applying observations and happy accident.
First... I noticed when I was making soups, that the lentils and rice I put in my soup seemed to get soft and edible in about the same amount of time.
So when I ran out of rice, I experimented with cooking them together in the same pot. How I did that, was to bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat and cook an addition 20 minutes.
One day, instead of lowering the heat, I turned the heat off completely. I had to be somewhere else and didn't have time to monitor the cooking process. On my return several hours later, the lentil/rice mix was cooked thru! YAY!
So now I choose this energy saving way of making them.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
In 2011 California added 4-methylimidazole on its list of known carcinogens...
This info dropped into the collective pond of public information without causing a ripple.
Until it turned up in caramel coloring... the stuff that give colas their signature deep brown color, the stuff that turns Cola beverages into "liquid gold" for the Cola Beverage Industry.
Bottom line : Colas were now required to carry a warning label before they could be sold in the Fair State of California.
The ever responsible Coca-Cola responded swiftly by requiring its caramel suppliers to lower the amounts of this toxin in their product in order to meet California Law... um... and to avoid the warning label.
Sure... the tests were conducted on rodents, they were given more of the stuff then a human could possibly consume.
But what causes cancer... does it come from one vector, or a toxic soup, little things that add up over time to cause one big challenge for our bodies that we cannot overcome? Methinks the latter.
Why is there any carcinogenic stuff AT ALL in these beverages, why did it take a law to get them to change?
If you're here on Spark, striving for good health and weight loss... why are you drinking this non-nutritive stuff in the first place? Even without the low dose carcinogens?
Chances are the Devil's in the Sales Pitch... here's an excerpt of an email "Forward" I got this week... Ads that We Won't See Again... that's germane to this very subject and the punchline to this blog:
Have a fun day!
Remember your brain isn't just there to move you around.
Here's the copy that's barely visible on this advert:
How soon is too soon?
Not soon enough. Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher changes of gaining acceptance and "fitting in" during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So do yourself a favor. Do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regiment of sodas and other sugary carbonized beverages right now, for a lifetime of guaranteed happiness.
The Soda Pop Board of America
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The three lines by the bottle:
Promotes active lifestyle!
Gives body essential sugars!
I know you're thinking: How could people be so dumb to have believed this twaddle?
The answer... if you're a soda drinker... is that its the same message... they've just got better at delivering it... and you're proof:
You actually think you're drinking that soda, because you WANT it.
That's what a billion dollar advertising budget will buy.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Here's a non-health related article, and short video...that frankly I can't get out of my mind...
so I thought I'd share...
CAVEAT (you kow I usually have one or two)
This is NOT for the faint of heart!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Its called Fenugreek or Methi seed, and its been used for centuries in Indian cuisine, where it adds a somewhat bitter, maple syrup taste to foods.
As well as used medicinally in Ayurvedic Medicine for a variety of ills which you're encouraged to research but which I am not going to go into here.
Me... I use it for boosting iron and fiber... presumably Human Growth Hormone, too. Additional benefits are blood glucose regulation, inflammation reduction, testosterone raising , yada yada.
Even if these more exotic qualities are false, I'm still in for the terrific iron and the fiber punch, for so few calories. It fits in nicely with my philosophy of getting as many nutrients from whole foods as possible.
So... where can you get some?
Fenugreek seed can be found online or in local Asian or Indian Markets. It runs about $3 for 7oz, which lasts quite some time.
Once you get your seed, what to do about it?
Here's my suggestion based on three months of experience with it:
Fenugreek seed is as hard as rocks... good way to bust a tooth and damage dental work.
So I soak mine overnite in a bit of boiled distilled water.
I've used two methods...
* putting in two rounded tablespoons in my thermos, adding a half cup of boiling water,
* putting the two rounded tablespoons into a ceramic cup that comes with a lid, adding half a cup of boiling water, lidding the cup to retain the heat.
Most of the time, I prepare it after dinner.
This way I've got an infusion of " Fenugreek Tea" to drink for breakfast... which I usually combine with some kefir water to sweeten it.
AND some nicely sprouted fenugreek seeds to mix into my luncheon salad, oatmeal, yogurt... whatev. Shocking to me that they sprouted in water of that temperature, but they did... one day I left them a bit longer than I had intended and I had a bunch of baby fenugreek plants, which were promptly stirred into some soup I was making.
If you wake up in the morning, stumble into the kitchen and realize you've forgotten to soak your seed, just start a batch and it will be ready for dinner.
One thing NOT to soak it in... tea. Tea has tannic acids in it that will bind the iron in the fenugreek... soaking it overnite gives it plenty of opportunity to do so.
If you track your foods in your Spark Nutrition Tracker, I've shared my Fenugreek listing as:
fenugreek seed(methi) complete analysis (Mzzchief)
This listing includes the iron and fiber as well as over a dozen other values for this unique healthful seed. I don't get any brownie points for you using this listing... I've shared it solely to help make your life a little easier!
Monday, February 13, 2012
I'm posting this link here for those of us who are concerned about the purity of our food supply, and are ready to take a small but positive step to seeing this goal become universal.
If you are as passionate about good health as I am, please take the time to sign this petition as I have done.
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