Reena’s Kooky Kitchen
A series of kooky yet nutritious recipes I concoct daily to feed my taste buds AND my health! Hope you enjoy and please share comments if you are brave enough to try these recipes!
Dairy Free Yummy Rice Pudding
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 4 cups Almond milk
- 1.5 tablespoon Arrowroot powder
- 6 to 8 threads of Saffron
- Pinch Cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon Monk fruit or Stevia
- 1 tablespoon Coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup slivered organic almonds
- Cook white rice till done without draining the water
- On medium flame simmer the almond milk in a deep pan with arrowroot powder till it thickens. Do not boil just keep on simmer.
- Add the cooked rice and rest of the ingredients except the slivered almonds into the milk and gently stir.
- With a hand blender gently blend the rice and the milk mixture very briefly. You don’t want all the rice blended as much as broken into smaller pieces.
- Cook for a few more minutes or till it thickens to the consistency you like. By now the milk should also have a saffron hue to it and should be smelling great!
- Pour into serving dish and put in the fridge till chilled.
- Enjoy with slivered almonds added to the top!
- White Rice: Depending on the type of rice you choose, rice can serve as a good source of B vitamins, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, fiber, and iron. Rice is also an excellent source of manganese and magnesium. Enriched rice has vitamins and minerals added back after it is refined. Thiamin is a B vitamin that helps with carbohydrate metabolism. Magnesium is the structural component of bones that assists in hundreds of enzyme reactions involved in the synthesis of DNA and proteins and is required for proper nerve conduction and muscle contraction. Manganese is a component of antioxidant enzymes that assist in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. White Rice is Considered safe in moderation. The reason is that when rice is milled, the bran is removed. This is the process that makes the rice “white” instead of brown, but since it removes the bran, it removes almost all of the phytic acid. This makes the rice more digestible and cuts down on the grain-based fiber (which can be harmful to the gut).
- Almonds: Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
- Almond Milk: It is nutritious. It is low in calories. Unsweetened almond milk doesn’t raise blood sugar. It is dairy-free. Enriched almond milk may strengthen your bones. It may reduce the risk of heart disease. Enriched almond milk is high in vitamin D.
- Arrowroot powder: Arrowroot is used as a nutritional food for infants and for people recovering from illness. It is also used for stomach and intestinal disorders, including diarrhea. In addition to its culinary uses, it offers several health benefits: Aids Digestion, Maintains Acid And Alkali Balances, Suitable For Infants, Gluten-Free, Antidote For Poisoning, Beneficial In Pregnancy, Facilitates Weight Loss, Heart Health, Treatment Of Small Pox And Gangrene, Baby Powder, Used In Moisturizers And Talcum Powders, Treatment Of Skin Problems, Treatment Of Athlete’s Foot, Healing Qualities, Used In Hair Dyes
- Saffron: Saffron health benefits include promoting mental health, helping prevent macular degeneration, enhancing the skin, preventing hair loss, supporting respiratory health, increasing sexual vitality, relieving pain and supporting hormone system. Other benefits include support heart health, promoting good digestion and good for optimal cell function.
- Cardamom: Cardamom is an herb. The seeds and oil from the seeds are used to make medicine. Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite.
- Stevia: May Help Control Blood Sugar And Insulin Levels. Stevia May Lower Blood Pressure.
- Monk Fruit: Safe for diabetes. Monk fruit gets its sweetness from natural compounds called mogrosides. Promotes weight loss. Monk fruit has no calories, carbs, or fat, so it may be a great option for anyone watching their waistline. Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Coconut Sugar: Health benefits of coconut sugar. One major health advantage coconut sugar has over refined white table sugar is that it’s natural and not refined. That means coconut sugar retains its vitamins andminerals, which include vitamins C, B1 B2, B3, and B6, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium,potassium, and zinc.
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