November 19, 2012

Carrots, Cinnamon, Garlic, Rice

Believe it or not, these four foods have amazing capacities to help heal the common cold and flu.
Click this link for details about their healing properties.

Here are some healing recipes and a menu plan that will support you, both when you are sick and as you are navigating food choices during the holiday season.

Dinner:
Carrot Rice Pilaf with Tempeh or Chicken Sausage

Breakfast:
Cinnamon Rice Porridge

Snack:
Garlic Honey on Sourdough Bread

Lunch:
Wilted Spinach Pear Salad with Almond Rice Fritters

Carrot Rice Pilaf


Rinse 2 cups short grain brown rice.

Place in a bowl, fill with enough water to cover, and soak for 1 hour or more.

Drain and rinse rice.
Pour into a cooking pot with 4 cups water.

Bring to a boil; then reduce to simmer.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Simmer, covered, on low heat for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop 1 large yellow onion into crescents.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onion.

Turn down the heat to medium low. Add salt, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add a splash of lemon juice. Allow to simmer for 10 more minutes.


Meanwhile, chop 2 large carrots into rounds. Add carrots to skillet and simmer for 15 more minutes, or until the carrots are fork-tender.

Add half of the cooked rice to skillet and mix together.

For protein, you can add baked tempeh or sauteed chicken sausage to the mix.

Save the other half of the rice for breakfast.

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Cinnamon Rice Porridge 
Take 1/2 cup leftover brown rice and place it in a stock pot with 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.

Add:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon   
handful of raisins or blueberries
spoonful of tahini (roasted sesame seed butter)

Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Stir occasionally. Ahh....soothing morning nourishment.   

*** 
Garlic Honey
Mince 1 head of garlic.
Place it in a pint-sized mason jar with 1/2 cup honey. Mix well. 

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  

Spread on sourdough bread as a snack or mix into morning grains

The honey will coat the garlic and neutralize any ulcerative qualities of this potent, pungent alium. These are nature's two most powerful antibotics!

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Almond Rice Fritters
Take 1/2 cup leftover brown rice.
Mix it with 1/2 cup chopped organic almonds.

Add:
1 Tablespoon flax seed meal
1/2 cup almond or cow milk
1/2 teaspoon each: salt, cumin, coriander, cardamom

Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet.
With your hands, shape golf balls of almond rice dough and flatten them between your palms. 
Place each flattened disc in the skillet. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, flip with a spatula, and cook on the other side for 3 more minutes.

Enjoy with salad!  
  

 

 

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