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RECIPE: Wild Rice YUMM for Brekkie [Dairy-free/Vegan]

Some foods are so versatile, you can literally cook up a whole pot and leave it in your refrigerator.

Wild Rice is one of those fantastic foods gifted to us from the wetlands of North America. You can add infinite ingredients to wild rice! Mixing, making and experimenting with different methods. You can bake, steam and fry it. Endless possibilities.

I made a pot of rice for dinner and had lots of left overs. I didn’t want to waste it, so I stuck it in the fridge and the next morning I experimented.
What I made was so delicious. I need to share this with you!


Wild Rice Breakfast “YUMM!”

Soooo yummy!

Soooo yummy!

Wild Rice Porridge doesn’t do it justice… so I decided to call it “YUMM”!
My attempts to be dairy-free also makes this vegan. Booyah.
It is really nourishing, so you don’t need much to get fueled.

Yields: 1 large serving or 2 small ones. 

 INGREDIENTS:

– 2/3 cup Organic [Canadian] Wild Rice

– 1 large pear*

– handful of raw pepitas [pumpkin seeds]*

– mini-handful of chia seeds

– 2 tsp ginger syrup*

– dash of nutmeg, 2 dashes clove, 1/2 cinnamon stick (or 2 dashes)*

– a bit of water recipe

DIRECTIONS:

1. Put all ingredients (except water) into a small pot or pan. Add a bit of water, just so you don’t burn anything.
If you think you added too much water, it’s okay. You just need to cook it until the water evaporates.

2. On med-high heat, stir up all your ingredients. Leave it for a minute or 2 and then lower the heat to med-low. It’s important to stir every so often. Simmer your yummy rice and fruit breakfast until it is warm and you get the desired softness of your pears (or other fruit).  Sometimes I’ll add a bit more water if I want my fruit softer, or if it evaporates before I think it’s ready.

3. Put it in a bowl and enjoy the quickest, yummiest dairy free breakfast ever!

Note: I don’t measure when I cook. I’m pretty relaxed and just go with my gut. I bet it will taste better if you do the same. Maybe I use too much cinnamon? Who knows!

*These ingredients can all be substituted for different things. Apples, blueberries, banana, apricot, peaches. Honey, agave syrup, jam. Whatever spices/seeds you enjoy.  Mix it up! Food is more fun when you try new things and experiment.


Hope you enjoy this delicious creation of mine :]  Please let me know if you try it (did you add anything special?!?)

It is important to buy and support good quality, uncultivated wild rice. In most places, only indigenous people are licensed to harvest wild rice. It is important to harvest wild rice a noninvasive way. Traditionally, it is harvested in canoes moved by long poles. By tilting the rice plant over the canoe, the harvester will use a beater stick to gently knock the ripe seeds off and into the canoe…  I can’t help but imagine how difficult a person moving around with canoe full of rice seeds would be!

After harvesting the ‘green seeds’, they are usually dried using large vats over an open fire. I spoke to a local harvester in the Kawarthas  about Manomin (wild rice) and he told me that after this, he dances on the wild rice to remove the hulls.  Once this is done, you do something called winnowing where you essentially toss the rice into the air and catch it again. The hulls will float away with the wind and you will be left with beautiful wild rice grains.
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A certain kind of appreciation comes from knowing where your food comes from. The history and traditions that hide in your bowl are things that should be celebrated! :}

Food tastes better when you know what it takes to get to your plate.
I acknowledge the harvesters, water, wind, fire, feet, canoes, grains, fruit, seeds.
Thank you.

*UPDATE* Skin Deep App Review

I thought I had “discovered something fantastic for Apple & Android Phones” that was an easy tool to help people make good decisions when it comes to purchasing personal care products.Skindeep-logo
Skin Deep® boasts that “EWG’s Cosmetic Database is the world’s largest safety reference tool for personal-care products.
If this is true, there must not be many databases out there.

With a database of over 74,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients I would think that about 70% of the products I had in my bathroom were on the database. How wrong I was. (more…)

Skin Deep App – Instant Feedback on Personal Care Products.

Last night I picked up the Food Lover’s Issue of Prevention Magazine (March 2014) and discovered something fantastic for Apple & Android Phones.
Skindeep-logo

Skin Deep® is an app created by the Environmental Working Group.   According to their app description, “EWG’s Cosmetic Database is the world’s largest safety reference tool for personal-care products.” With a database of over 74,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients you have the opportunity to shop smart and safe in a matter of seconds!

Download the app for Apple devices here

Download the app for Android here

Too bad they don’t have the app for Blackberry…

*edit* I managed to try it with Android. You can read my review here.

“When you know what chemicals are in the products you bring into your home and how they may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace.”

Skindeep-frontpage   Skindeep-productpage

Safety ratings are neatly displayed for individual products and ingredients and there is a page that explains how the rating system works… it’s so convenient. I wish they had the app for my Blackberry!!! :[ I spend FOREVER in stores reading the ingredients and comparing products in effort to make a responsible, environmentally friendly purchase.

It seems to me that EWG is a genuine organization with good moral standings. They have a really great website with current news about the “beauty industry” and other discoveries about various products on the market. For anybody who cares about what they buy, what goes on their body and how that affects the environment I strongly suggest checking out their website.

If you want to know more about EWG:
“The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  Our mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG drives consumer choice and civic action with its game-changing investigations and research on toxics and environmental health, food and agriculture, and water and energy. […] EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers has worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government or industry won’t.”

It’s important to have groups that stand up against the corruption of public health through government and industry. Although you may feel like your actions are insignificant or perhaps that your choices will not affect any change, I assure you vote with your money!

Purchasing things that are morally, ethically and environmentally reflective of your own philosophies will send a message to the companies you do (and don’t) support. 

Want an example?
Here is proof that something I thought was impossible may not be so
As Americans Reject Fake Food, McDonald’s Sales Rapidly Decline
I’m still smiling over that small success!