Here’s another way to get your whole grains. Delicious in the morning or during any part of your day. This one is made with a whole grain medley from Bob’s Red Mill called “Grains of Discovery.”
Whole Grain Berry Good “Rice” Pudding
1 cup Whole Grain Medley* (Bob’s Red Mill “Grains of Discovery”)
3 cups whole milk, almond or coconut milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup date sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Zest from one (1) lemon
1-2 cups strawberries (chopped) or blueberries
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Add grains, milk, salt, sugar and spices to a medium pot; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or more until most of the liquid has absorbed and grains are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and stir in berries, vanilla, lemon zest and nuts, if using. Serve warm or at room temperature.
*Your own mix of grains can be substituted, e.g. quinoa, brown rice, whole grain oats, barley, buckwheat, etc.
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From “TRAVEL TIPS from SeeCalifornia.com” comes this Festival Feature in Fresno, April 15-17:
San Joaquin County grows the most asparagus of any place in the U.S.
Top 3 California Asparagus Counties:
San Joaquin 42.2% | Fresno 28.6% | Monterey 27.4%
- Asparagus is planted in the ground three years before it can be harvested for the full season; the plant grows for 15 to 20 years.
- Short growing season February – June
- Watch it grow! Can grow 7″ in a day when the temperatures reach 90 degrees.
- #66 California farm commodity
Fried Asparagus with Dipping Sauce
Breaded asparagus is fried in coconut oil then served with a healthy chili ranch dipping sauce.
- 12 asparagus spears
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, seasoned
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups fresh bread crumbs, seasoned
- use half panko crumbs, if desired
- 1/2 cup coconut oil for frying, or as needed
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ¼-½ cup almond milk
- 2-4 T mayonnaise
- 1 4-oz can chopped green chili peppers
- dashes hot pepper sauce (such as Siracha), or to taste
- 2 T Seasoning Mix (2-4 tsp. EACH onion flakes, parsley leaves, basil, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper)
- Dampen asparagus lightly with water. Coat with flour; trying to avoid coating the tips.
- Dip asparagus in beaten egg.
- Roll and coat asparagus in a layer of breadcrumbs.
- Place coated asparagus on a plate and refrigerate, allowing coating to stick, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Stir mayonnaise, milk, yogurt, green chilies, seasoning mix and hot pepper sauce together in a small bowl for dipping sauce.
- Heat coconut oil in a fry pan over medium heat.
- Fry coated asparagus in the hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
There they all are, in most grocery stores, outlets and health food stores. Bob’s Red Mill bags of 100% organic flours, beans, peas and grains have his smiling face and message “To Your Good Health” on the front. Each bag describes the specifics of the product (usually only ONE ingredient, unprocessed of course), nutrition, tips, and how to use it with easy to follow recipes. More recipes can be obtained by calling the company. They sent me tons of individual gluten-free recipes when I was catering, using their products, and they answered any question I posed on the phone. The company has over 400 products! Little did I know how many cookbooks they had for sale! I have them now, and you will see lots of easy, healthy-eating right here.
VANILLA COCONUT POUND CAKE
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill (BRM) Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup BRM Organic Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
12 oz Vanilla or Plain Coconut Yogurt
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9×5 in. loaf pan with nonstick spray. Sift together flours, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream sugar and coconut oil until well blended. Add eggs, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add dry ingredients, alternating with yogurt until combined. Pour into pan, smooth top and bake until lightly golden and a pick comes out clean, about 40-50 mins. Cool completely.