You know the recent article about arsenic levels in rice has been upsetting to me because we are definitely rice eaters. It has not always been that way but I think the economy changes of recent years and the fact that I read somewhere that rice eaters on average weigh 11% less than potato eaters I started adding a lot more rice in to our diets. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely adore the potato and I love to grow them but my blood sugar does not so that’s another plus for rice in our household. I have had several people tell me to remember that apples have arsenic in them too but it doesn’t ease up my concern over the rice issue.
So lets examine the latest information on rice how will this affect me? Here is a great blog article on this very topic: Arsenic in Rice: Should We Be Concerned I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and I agree this is a great time to explore other grains as well but I also want to share just the versatility of rice too and while I while I don’t plan on it losing its spot in our household it is going to have to move over and make room for some other grains to hit our dinner plates.
My daughter is a prime example of how versatile and inexpensive rice is. She just moved out recently and one of her favorite new meals is an egg served over rice! Kind of like her own version of egg foo young and she serves it with a little soy sauce. She absolutely loves it!
I love cooking up a meat and a sauce in the crock pot and serving it over a bed of rice. There are very few grains that are ready as fast lets face it quinoa takes twice as long to get it to the right consistency as rice in my opinion.
I often serve rice as a side dish with kielbasa and last night it was a bed for a Zucchini boat that I made with this recipe from Skinny Taste.Com (one of my favorite sites for healthy recipes) although I opted to kind of blend the sauce in with the chicken instead of put it on top. By the way my husband and my son loved the Zucchini Boat Recipe so check out her recipe and I think she has more than one boat recipe so if you miss one it won’t miss you will miss out on all the boats 😉 (Yes I had to throw that in there!)
So I guess what I am saying is in spite of me being upset I am not giving up on rice completely at this point. It is an affordable food and everyone loves it in our house especially the white rice.
I did add in a new grain dish this week….I made kind of a version of mushroom pilaf with quinoa instead and it went over pretty good. I have shared some pictures of it and it was quite good and while the guys didn’t embrace it as readily they did eat it all! Change is difficult and I am going to take baby steps on our journey to quote my friend.Here is the recipe from another food blog I love Gluten Free Goddess. I never follow a recipe exactly though I always have to put my own 2 cents in.
So here is my question “Have you given up on rice?” What have you made with rice lately? Are you planning on trying some new grains in your diet? Do you have a favorite new grain? I would love to hear from all of you!
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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- Mr. CBB’s Fried Rice With Shrimp and Egg (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- The Prudent Pantry: Whole Grain Alternatives to Rice and Bread (savings.com)
- Lavender Lemon Rice Pudding Recipe (homesteadsurvival.com)
- Colorful Stuffed Peppers (ablossominghomestead.blogspot.com)