Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Breakfast This Morning

I usually start my day with a Raw dish, but there is something so comforting about warm cereal!  I had two sick boys in the house (one is 38) so I made them a hearty and healthy breakfast.  This is homemade rice cereal (just like Cream of Wheat, but with rice since we can't have wheat in this house- so easy to make, recipe below) made with organic brown rice with a little bit of pure maple syrup and raw, organic milk.  To drink, I juiced one organic apple and about 3-4 organic carrots per person (so unbelieveably good!).  The juice was so fresh and delicious!  I love knowing where my food is coming from and exactly what is in it.  No hidden ingredients.  Nothing artificial.  Nothing but pure, wholesome goodness the way that nature intended!  

Carter loved it!

I had to modify Jackson's because right now, in addition to him not having gluten or casein,  we have had to also eliminate most sugars.  For him I stirred in some cashew butter (it was REALLY good) to give him some protein and he had coconut milk.  

Homemade Rice Cereal:
1/4 ground brown rice (I grind mine in a cheap coffee grinder.  If you have a real grinder you will want to use the coarse setting.)
1 cup water
Dash of salt

Bring water to a boil.  Slowly add in the ground rice while stirring to prevent lumps.  Turn to low heat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

You can also add vanilla, dried fruit, nuts, nutbutter, whatever sounds good to you!

I am sure that you could make this with any grain.  I am going to experiment with other grains so that we aren't always eating rice and will let you know how it turns out. I am thinking it would be a great way to rotate the wheat in your year supply.  The only thing I think might need to change with a different grain is the water to ground grain ratio, but I think the ratio I gave would work fine. 

I quadrupled the recipe so that we would have leftovers the next day.  If you want to make things easier in the future, you can pre-grind a large amount of rice (or whatever grain you are using), store it in the freezer and scoop out as needed.  It must be kept in the freezer (or refrigerator) because it will go rancid in the pantry.  

And for those of you who think you could not afford the ingredients in this to be organic, I purchased a bulk bag of organic brown rice at Costco for about $1/lb (I think), organic carrots at Costco for about $.50/lb and organic gala apples at Fresh and Easy for about $.60/lb.  Maple syrup, however, can get expensive and the best deal I've seen for it is at Costco, 32 oz. for about $12.  

Here are the poor, sick boys!


  1. That sounds so good!! I woke up to the Juicer infomercial this morning.....I might have to get one. Any suggestions?

  2. Hello WannaBSuzy! Thanks for checking out my blog!

    I'm by no means an expert on juicers, but I can tell you what I know from experience.

    I started out with the cheapest juicer for sale at Wal-Mart. It juiced pretty well, but the downside to it was that the food chute was really small and narrow and I had to chop things up very small to juice them. It made the process feel like it took forever and I hardly juiced because of it. If you don't mind having to take the time to cut your fruits and veggies up, this is a great place to start.

    Next, I upgraded to the Jack LaLanne juicer. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to discover that it pretty much juices just as well as the cheap one I started with (the pulp felt just as moist with the LaLanne as with the cheap one). I do not regret upgrading, though. I can juice SO much faster because the food chute is pretty big and I can put most fruits and veggies in whole, making the juicing process a lot faster. I also think it is easier to clean than the other juicer.

    So, in my opinion, they both juice just as well, but the LaLanne makes the process easier and faster. So my vote is with the Lalanne!