Mediterranean Organic Forbidden Rice and Red Quinoa

Black rice is rich in Vitamin E- it is unprocessed and is able to retain all of it’s nutrients and is rich in antioxidants which is what makes is such a superfood! It helps with immunity, eye, brain, and skin health just to name a few!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup organic black rice
  • 1 Cup 100% Whole Grain Organic Red Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Organic Medium Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Organic Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Organic Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Organic Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Organic Red Pepper Flakes
These are the brands of grains I used

First and most important is rinsing and soaking the black rice and quinoa. While it is soaking- chop the bell pepper and onion and sauté that in olive oil with minced garlic.

Once the onion/bell pepper/ garlic have sautéed until they are just beginning to soften- add vegetable broth and water. Give the grains a final rinse and add them to the pot. Add your seasonings. You can add any seasoning you like- I prefer the Italian Seasoning and the Red Pepper Flakes for a bit of a kick.

Stir grains constantly until boiling, then reduce heat to Low and cover for 30 minutes- stirring occasionally.

Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving to allow any residual moisture to absorb.

This makes an excellent side- rice bowl- snack- you name it! I love to top mine with Feta and Peperoncini peppers and a little of the juice and some of my homemade Greek Dressing!

So many options of toppings! I love Organic Feta and Peperoncini Peppers with a drizzle of the pepper juice.

Nutritional Information:

Serves 8

Calories:       170
Total Fat:      3.5g
Cholesterol:    0g
Sodium:         138.2mg
Total Carbs:    32.1g
Protein:        5.6g
Iron:           3.2%
Potassium:      33.5mg
Vitamin A:      16.6%
Vitamin C:      14.3%

Back to the way it used to be- clean and simple.

My posts so far have been about one part of my life… my full time job.  This post is a little different.  This post is about my life.  Specifically the part of my life that matters the most- my health, my home, and my family.

I have a very strong belief that the preservatives, chemicals, and hormones that are in everything we eat, everything we put on our bodies, and everything we have in our homes is destroying our health.  I have personally dealt with my own health issues including elevated levels of inflammation and have been told the best thing for my health is to eat organic and avoid preservatives as much as possible- which includes eliminating gluten from my diet- or else continue to be miserable.  Along my journey to figure out what was causing my inflammation and discomfort- I discovered I’m actually not in the minority, it’s a VERY common thing now.  It’s so easy for everyone to say “our grandparents ate gluten and they were just fine”  I’m sure they did- but it wasn’t the gluten we are eating now. It wasn’t genetically modified like the foods we are now consuming.  Our grandparents used home remedies, they did not run to the doctor for a big dose of antibiotics every time they sneezed, and the doctors wouldn’t have prescribed them anyways.  It was a different culture.  So in my quest for living clean- I’ve rediscovered something my mother always used and encouraged as I was growing up-and along the way I somehow lost- essential oils.

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I have been using generic, non-therapeutic oils in my home in a diffuser, as a natural flea and pest remedy, and in various other household uses.  I haven’t thought of oil as being something I could use on me or my family.  A sweet friend introduced me to Young Living last month and I am in LOVE!  There’s so much to share about the amazing things these magical oils can do to improve lives.  I’m so in love!  I bought my starter kit thinking I was just getting really high quality oils to diffuse and clean with.  Imagine my surprise when I started reading… and reading… and reading.  I am obsessed!  I’ve seen positive changes in my life already, and it’s only been a month.  My close friend and colleague has joined me in this journey and we are not only having so much fun experimenting with everything, we are amazed every day by the new uses and results.  I cannot wait every evening to get home and figure out new ways to use the oils!  I’m such a geek!  I am having so much fun on this journey- and the bonus- it’s changing our lives and our home!  🙂

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