Cream of rice. This has been my saving grace during the second trimester of my pregnancy. Not because I’m tired, hormonal, or anything like that….I’ve just been bogged down with a lot of work. This recipe isn’t for me. I make this for my partner so he has something balanced and delicious to start his day with before he leaves for school. Right now he is finishing his masters degree at the University of Queensland. This means I get to play the working spouse, pregnant spouse, and homemaker spouse all in one body/mind/spirit. Its been real.
Recipes like this one keep me sane. I’m not ‘cutting corners’ and I’m also not giving in and wasting money on pre made anything. All I have to have in my kitchen to make this is: brown rice, unsweetened soy milk, raisins, and water. If I’m feeling fancy a lil nutmeg or some nuts ‘n’ cinnamon get thrown on top. I’m a dried fruit junkie so I use enough raisins that my husband usually doesn’t need any extra sweetener added. The great thing about this recipe is that after you make the base (rice/water/soymilk) you can basically add anything else you want to it. Here are some favourite add on’s I’ve either served up or know of:
~Jam/Jelly/Preserves (strawberry & apricot are the great)
~Fresh Fruit(berries and bananas seem to be the most popular)
~Maple Syrup/Agave Nectar
~Dried fruit(dates, figs, apricots, and cherries are our favourites)
~Nuts(Pistachios, crushed almonds, pecans, and walnuts are nice)
Cream of rice is similar to cream of wheat or oatmeal in that it is a great whole grain breakfast that you want to add something creamy(soy milk or other milk you like to drink), and something sweet to(dried fruit etc. from the list above). I use organic, unsweetened soy milk for this recipe just to give it the extra protein my husband needs. However if protein isn’t your concern you are more than able to sub out soy milk for almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc. for a different taste.
The key to this recipe is to stir it constantly with a wire whisk. If you let this sit too long you will have clumps of granulated rice instead of a smooth cereal. I make the granulated rice in a Nutribullet blender. Simply take one to two cups of dried brown rice and blend until you get a slightly too grainy/flour like consistency. Done. You can also buy cream of rice in the store if you do not have access to a blender/food processor. It is still very cheap pre ground. The only reason I make my own is because I use organic, brown rice, and I haven’t been able to find cream of rice in a box with brown rice. If you do buy the box you will notice that you simply have to add water/soymilk and cook.
Cream of Rice
makes about 1 weeks worth of breakfasts for 1 person. divide by 7 for an individual serving….
~1 3/4 cups granulated rice
~7 cups cold water
~3 small pinches of sea salt
~1 liter unsweetened, soymilk
~1/2-1 cups raisins (optional)
~4 pinches of nutmeg
~Add ons (anything extra you want to add for flavouring in the photo above I used pistachios and cinnamon)
1) Place the water, rice, and sea salt in a medium/large sized pot, turn the heat up to medium, and with a wire whisk give it a good stir. Leave the pot, stirring every couple of minutes. Once the mixture comes to a simmer give it a good stir, and place the top on your pot while turning the heat to medium/low or low. Keep stirring every minute or so to keep it from clumping. Allow the rice to cook until the mixture has thickened.
2) Once the cream of rice is thick add all the soy milk & nutmeg. Stir well with the whisk. Cooking on medium/low or low heat allow the cream of rice to thicken to your desired consistency. Once the mixture is thick enough for you turn off the heat. Add the raisins. Stir once more, and allow to sit with the top on for about 5 minutes.
3) Ladle out a portion of the cream of rice. Top it with whatever toppings you desire using whatever you have laying around your kitchen. After you are done eating this lovely breakfast pack up the rest of the cream of rice either in individual containers for quick breakfasts on the go or place it all in one big container if you are planning to eat from home throughout the week.
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Much Luv, Laters