Easy Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding is easily one of my favorite things to eat. It is good cold, warm, hot, or anywhere in between! I recently decided to try adding in white rice once or twice a week. White rice is considered a "safe starch" for those with gut issues, like me. It is simpler to digest and even though we've been told to stick to whole grains, in my case - or anyone with adrenal fatigue or gut issues - white rice is a safer choice. Hooray, because white rice is delicious! To read more about that, click HERE or HERE. As mentioned in both links, white rice shouldn't be your main food group, but eaten as part of a whole foods diet, it is a very safe, gentle carbohydrate that really nourishes those with adrenal problems.

Rice Pudding

8 cups coconut milk*

2 cups organic white basmati rice

1/4 cup butter or ghee

pinch of real salt

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract*

1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium pot, combine coconut milk, rice, and salt. Heated to boiling, then simmer with lid titled (or it will boil over continuously!) for 20 minutes. Stir in honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, then serve and enjoy!

*You can make your own coconut milk easily by combining 4 cups boiling water and 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut milk in a blender. Blend on high for one minute, then strain. What you have leftover is coconut milk! You can also use a boxed coconut milk like So Delicious. Just be sure to check for any weird additives or sugar.

*Use vanilla that is made with just alcohol and vanilla beans. Many have sugar added. Kirkland Signature just re-branded their vanilla and it is now sugar free. Hooray! 

Zao Chicken Bowl Copy Cat Recipe

We recently got a yummy, healthy restaurant down the street from our house called Zao Asian Cafe. It is SO yummy!! However, we are really trying to be more aggressive in sticking to a budget and paying off our debt, so eating out is off limits for awhile. I've been CRAVING the Zao chicken bowls though, so I made my own version at home! They are pretty dang amazing, if I do say so myself!

Zao Chicken Bowl Copycat

Zao Chicken Bowl Copy Cat Recipe

This chicken bowl has a lot of different components! It's not hard to make but it is busy, as you're attending to a lot of different items at the same time. Good luck and enjoy!

Chicken

Place chicken tenders or chicken breasts in a pan and sprinkle with salt and Trader Joe's Chili Lime seasoning. Cook each side over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through. Remove and cut into small bites.

Green Beans

Blanch the green beans in a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes. Strain the water, then pour the beans into the pan that you cooked the chicken in. Toss with salt and a little more Chili Lime seasoning, scraping up the brown bits on the pan as you stir. Remove from heat and set aside.

Corn

Heat up one can of organic corn - optionally season with salt and Chili Lime seasoning.

Rice

You can serve this over rice or rice noodles. We use white jasmine rice and cook 2 cups. Cook as much as you'd like according to package directions. For paleo or low carb, serve over Cauliflower rice.

Carrot Slaw

Shred up some carrots and some daikon (I couldn't find daikon, so I chose Jicama instead). Use equal parts of each vegetable. Place them in a bowl and season them with 1 lime, juiced, and some salt. Stir and set aside.

Toppings

Chop up cilantro.

Turn a pan without any oil onto medium high heat. Add some chopped cashews or peanuts and toss until toasted. Remove from heat and stir in some salt.

Yellow Curry Sauce

In a pot, place 1 tablespoon avocado oil over medium heat. Add 1 large chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger. Stir and let cook for a few minutes, then add 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder, 1 teaspoon coconut sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Next, stir in 1 can of full fat coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, and use an immersion blender to smooth out the sauce.

TO ASSEMBLE

Start by placing rice in a bowl. Next add chicken, green beans, and corn. Ladle a spoonful of sauce over the rice, chicken, and vegetables. Next, top with Carrot slaw, cilantro, and toasted nuts. Eat and enjoy!

 

The "We're out of ingredients" Salsa

This salsa recipe is adapted from @wholesisters blender salsa. I call it the "We don't have all the ingredients but hate jarred salsa" Salsa 😋

Blender Salsa

The "We're out of ingredients" Salsa

Makes 1 quart.

28 oz canned tomatoes
1/2 white onion
1 bell pepper
1 tablespoon garlic
1 teaspoon real salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
3 drops lime essential oil
2 drops cilantro essential oil

Combine ingredients in a high speed blender (I use ‪#‎blendtec‬) and pulse until combined.

Sure, fresh cilantro would make this a whole lot prettier but my cilantro essential oil saved the day 😂 Tastes delish - give it a try if you're running low on ingredients too!

Gluten Free Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Go make these - NOW. But warning: you will be tempted to eat them all!!
 

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

GF Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Makes about 24 biscuits.

2 1/2 cups gf flour blend (use this one!)
1 teaspoon real salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian spices
12 tablespoons cold butter
2 cups shredded cheddar
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Then cut in butter. Stir in cheese then add milk to form a sticky batter. Drop by spoonfuls onto a pan and bake for 15 minutes. While cooking, melt additional butter and garlic over stovetop and then brush on biscuits when you pull them out of the oven.

Enjoy every bite (even if the dairy messes up your stomach haha!) - worth it.