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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Go WILD (soup recipe)

****This is What Cooked Wild Rice Looks like ***** I'll update this blog later with my soup pics!

Once you Go Wild it’s hard to go Back!!

Most Americans are familiar with White Rice. A simple carbohydrate that loves to spike blood sugars and this allows a person to ‘crash’ when the food has been processed and may leave you feeling sluggish and tired. I always opt for brown rice when cooking dishes.

However, if you have not yet heard of ‘Wild Race’ then let me be the first to introduce you to it~! A fun fact about Wild rice (oh wait!!) it’s not Rice at all. It’s actually an aquatic weed and was given the name ‘rice’ by the Indians from my home area of the Northeast & Great Lakes Regions. (Oh I’m a history buff ;)
A grain that was thought to be sent by the ‘Great Spirit’ this grain was a staple to an Indians Diet. Ok, enough showing off, let’s get down to nutritional benefits.

A healthy person will love this, a Runner especially because Wild Rice is power packed complex carbohydrate. It’s protein content is 2x that of Brown Rice and 8x that of White rice!
Loads of B-Vitamins and minerals potassium and niacin are great for muscles and nerve control for Running!

How to use and what it tastes like:

This is not an easy grain and it takes a while to cook (up to an hour) but it has a nutty taste with a fluffy and sometimes chewy texture.

What I suggest is this is something you create ahead of time or add it to soups.

My Recipe on the Fly cause you know that’s how I cook J

6oz cooked chicken
2 carrot sticks
2 celery sticks
1 tblsp of sodium free chicken bullion powder (free of msg!)
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of garlic powder
Black pepper to taste
1.5 cups of brown rice
1 cup of Wild rice
6-8 cups of water

I threw everything into a pot and let it boil for about 50min and then served. The more it boiled of course the more the rice’s soaked up the water so be mindful if you want a lot of broth. You can use sodium free or low sodium chicken broth for taste.

I hope people can appreciate just simple soup can be to make. You can make it a garbage soup and just start tossing left-over’s from your fridge into with veggies/meats. I grew up with my Mother making Soup and letting it sit on the stove all Sunday and at free will grabbing a cup with some crackers (Please be mindful of your crackers they are calorie counting destroyers-opt for oyster crackers as a way to add a crunch to your soup or maybe even a whole grain tortilla chip and get a little more WILD with it ~♥~

This soup is an amazing Post Run Meal loaded with protein, carbs and some electrolytes!

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