Christy – Grains kind of a day

March 31, 2010

in dinner, product review

Today was a grains kind of a day. I was just feeling inspired to make all kinds of grains. We were out of quinoa which i wanted for breakfast, so I put a pot on first thing this morning as I checked my email.

To my breakfast quinoa I added some Perky’s Crunchy Rice Cereal which has a wonderful mild flavor but adds a lot of good texture to the otherwise soft breakfast

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I also put in some raisins and some Foods Alive Flax Oil

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Mixed it all around and Viola!

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While I was eating that, I decided to go ahead and make the spelt that I plan to use in a salad tomorrow (stay tuned – I’m making the recipe up so it could be good or it could be very bad!)

Spelt takes a while to cook and lots of water. I rinsed a cup and a half of spelt berries

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Put them in a pot and added 4 and a half cups of water (the ratio is 1 cup of spelt to 3 cups of water).

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I think I may have overdone it on the water a little though because I cooked it for 55 minutes and there was still water in the bottom. The spelt cooked through though and tasted great. Spelt has a nutty, chewy quality that is really satisfying.

Then for dinner tonight, Jeff wanted to make a stir fry. You know, most of my clients and some of my friends think that I am always cooking. And some even think it must be challenging or relieving (depending on the person and their point of view) to be married to a nutritional counselor. But the truth is, Jeff does a lot of the cooking at our house. I do a lot of the shopping, prepping and suggesting, but he is usually the one cooking it all and making a meal for us. And he does a great job.

Tonight, I put on a pot of brown rice and Jeff sauteed some chicken using some of the Beyond the Shaker Hot Habanero Blend (careful when you use this – it has a pepper that can make you cough when you inhale during cooking!)

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And some of the Little Sky Lavender Sea Salt

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Together in the pan it looked like this

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Then he added it to a vegetable stir fry of peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, corn and peas. And a little more of the Hot Habanero Blend.

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I put a little rice in the bottom of my bowl and then scooped the stir fry on top. The Hot Habanero Blend was not too hot – in fact it gave it a really nice taste, I loved it. I love these types of spice blends. They are so useful for flavoring food but not adding sodium. Most of us could use a little less salt in our diets. And I will be using that again (i’ll just open my windows while cooking :)

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The stir fry was so good that I went back for seconds!

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