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Wild Rice Adventures

Grain of the Week: Wild Rice!

Grain of the Week: Wild Rice!

This week’s *whole* grain is Wild Rice.

As I mentioned last week, grains are a vital, unrefined source of plant-based dietary fiber needed for optimal digestive and metabolic function.

Now the Paleo folks like to rag on grains because they were not part of some archetypal hunter-gatherer diet … and can be inflammatory in nature when refined (white rice) and consumed in excess.

The thing is, the growth of human civilization as we know it is only made possible by the agricultural innovations of our ancestors, including the cultivation of grains.

Wild rice is one of the healthiest, least inflammatory grains out there (learned that from my mentor of yore, Nicole Mires of Pekoe Acupuncture in Shaw). And the secret is to rotate out your grains… keep it fresh, keep it moving so your body doesn’t develop sensitivities.

With that, wild rice stars as the foundation of week’s adventures.

The Mighty Grain Bowl

The living's easy...

The living’s easy…

Grain bowls are an awesome meal, any meal. And very easy to put together. If the grain is already prepared and on hand, say cooking on a Sunday, on a Tuesday, you could sautee fresh greens and seasonal veggies to go on top and have a meal in 10 minutes. Seriously  :-)

Say… like Brussels sprouts take about 5-7 minutes to sear.

I like to use the same skillet to heat up the wild rice.. efficient, picks up seared bits of veggies, and no *microwaves* passing through your food.

Green: Brussels Sprouts
Grain: Wild Rice

Cheese: Yogurt

Sprinkles: Za’atar from Bazaar Spices
Swirls: Black truffle olive oil from The Mediterranean Way

The Soul-Satisfying Salad

And sometimes it’s nice to throw in a handful of whole grains to your salads to make them heartier, full meals.

Salad, Funkified

Salad, Funkified

Green: Russian kale
Grain: Wild rice
Fruits: Apricot and candied ginger

Sprinkles of lavender salt from Bazaar Spices
Squeezes of Lemon
Swirls of Black Truffle Olive Oil from The Mediterranean Way

Grain Bowl, Part Deux

Final offering of the wild rice LD series.. another mighty grain bowl with collards & fresh English peas. This was breakfast  ;-)

With fresh Engligh Peas from the Far Mar

With fresh Engligh Peas from the Far Mar

Greens: collards & English peas
Grain: wild rice

Sprinkles: smoked paprika & pink Himalayan salt
Squeezes: lemon
Swirls: olive oil

 

Live Deliciously: A Formula

Greens for the Week: Chard, Kale, Dandelion

Greens for the Week: Chard, Kale, Dandelion

The LD system for healthy eating is an easy, indulgent, & inspired 5 step formula with Mediterranean sensibilities. And it starts with Greens, Beans & Grains.

I always like to start the week purchasing no more than three dark leafy greens that I keep fresh in the fridge – this week I chose Swiss Chard, Dandelion Greens, and Kale.

From there I’ll prep one whole grain and one bean or legume for the week. This week I chose French lentils and Red Himalayan Rice from Bazaar Spices… These are my ingredients for unscripted culinary adventure.

For the lentils, my trifecta of cooling, anti-inflammatory Mediterranean spices I typically use for legumes are: cumin, coriander, and turmeric.

For the red rice, my trifecta of spices I’ll typically use for grains are: cinnamon, allspice, and turmeric.

Find them at Bazaar Spices and build your own blends from there!

Grain and Bean for the Week

Grain and Bean for the Week

LD Formula in Action: Take ONE

Continuing on with LD formula for culinary adventure and super easy meal planning.
I’ll always prepare a bean or legume for the week as I rely on them for chief source of protein and nutrient-dense plant-based fiber to support functional & digestive health.

In this meal, I paired lentils with side salad of shredded Swiss Chard and chopped peaches. Easy peasy.

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Green: Chard – versatile green kept raw in salads or sauteed
Bean: Lentils
Fruit: peaches

Sprinkles of Lavender salt from Bazaar Spices over salad
Squeezes of lemon on everything
Swirls of olive oil

LD Formula: Take TWO

I’ll always prepare one grain for the week because it is a nutrient-dense source of plant-based fiber that is vital for metabolic and functional health. Yes, grains are a carb. And no, not all carbs are bad. Seriously. Get that sensational mid-90s nonsense out of your head.

Our ancestors typically enjoyed diets that were 75% carbohydrate including whole grains and vegetables.

Not all carbs are created equal. And when you think of whole grains think of actual kernels of grain that have the natural bran intact. It is the bran that holds the grain’s nutrients and fiber. This means whole grain breads and other products don’t count.

When a grain has the fiber stripped off… say in the case of white rice, that grain is essentially reduced into a simple carbohydrate that is metabolized in the body in the same way that sugar would be… increasing insulin resistance and fat storage.

Ok… onward. So I took my red rice and tossed it into a simple salad.

Sometimes just toss a grain into a salad... bonafide, hearty meal!

Sometimes just toss a grain into a salad… bonafide, hearty meal!

Green: Kale
Grain: Himalayan Red Rice
Fruit: Medjool Date

Sprinkles of Za’atar and Rosemary Salt from Bazaar Spices
Squeezes of Lemon
Swirls of Black Truffle Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic from The Mediterranean Way

LD Formula: Take THREE

Next up in formula inspiration.. Sometimes there is nothing quite like beans and greens.

Green & Bean

Green & Bean

Meld

Meld

To make magic

To make magic…

Green: Dandelion Greens
Bean: Lentils

Sprinkles of Urfa pepper from Bazaar Spices

LD Formula: Final Take

Alright alright last meal inspiration in this week’s LD series. One of my favorite uses of leftovers… Lazy Poached Eggs.

I went through kale, dandelion greens and chard with all my entertaining this week. A friend left behind collard greens so I used them in the mix.

Crack egg over, add a *little* water to edges, cover with lid, steam. Voila!

Leftovers are always mighty fine for breakfast

Leftovers are always mighty fine for breakfast

Green: Collard Greens
Grain: Red Rice

Sprinkles of Ethiopian Berbere pepper blend from Bazaar Spices.