Friday, March 13, 2015

Breakfast Matcha Rice Pudding: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Disclaimer: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win  prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

There's something I need to get off my chest: I love white rice. Love Love Love it. Brown rice has it's appropriate applications, but white rice, well it's just perfect all the time. And guess what, it's nearly identical nutritionally to brown rice. Say WHATTTTTTTTT??? I know, it's a little crazy, and I'm all about whole grains, but you're only missing out on 1 gram of fiber, and a little bit of magnesium by choosing white rice. Seriously. So add another veggie and never ever again feel guilty about white rice again.

What else do I love about white rice? Well, you can find delicious US-Grown White Rice (local-ish, heck yes!), it's super affordable (especially when bought in bulk), it's gluten-free, and the least allergenic of all grains. How do you know if a rice is grown here in the states? Look for this handy dandy label:
So Think Rice and don't dismiss it from you balanced diet! I just this year finally learned how to make a good risotto, and then I realized that rice pudding is simply a sweet risotto. And I had to make it.

Matcha is so hot right now and I couldn't be happier. Love me the nutty green tea flavor, concentrated and oh-so-beautiful. Plus, with the addition of almond butter and toppings, this is a balanced breakfast. Forget about rice pudding just being for dessert! Think Rice for breakfast--why not??

Breakfast Matcha Rice Pudding: Vegan, Gluten-Free 
Makes 6 servings
  • 1 cup US-Grown Arborio Rice 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter 
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp matcha powder 
  • Toasted almonds
  • Sliced banana
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut
 1. Rinse US-Grown Arborio Rice
2. Mix rice, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, and almond butter in a saucepan. Bring to boil.
3. Reduce to a simmer and stir every 5 minutes until coconut milk is fully absorbed. About 20 minutes.
4. While rice is simmering, mix 1 1/2 cup almond milk with matcha green tea and whisk until fully incorporated.
5. Once coconut milk is fully absorbed, mix in matcha almond milk, 1/2 cup at a time. Wait until milk is fully absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup. Cook until all matcha almond milk is incorporated.
6. Rice should be soft, and a pudding consistency.
7. Pour into bowls, and serve topped with almonds, banana, and coconut.
8. Good morning!
Oh and BTW, the winner of the RawSpiceBar giveaway is AnneinVan who posted this lovely picture of her oh-so-organized spice cabinet!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Giveaway: RawSpiceBar

I know, boxes are a dime a dozen. Whether it's makeup, natural food, or pet food, everyone is making a monthly subscription box. I usually just say no, but when I got an email from RawSpiceBar, for their monthly spice collection I was intrigued. I only recently finally bought a mortar and pestle, and in my hunt for authentic food from around the world, I've been hunting down spices in ethnic markets and specialty stores. Have curated freshly ground spices from top Chefs sent to my door is a very intriguing idea! 

Each month as a RawSpiceBar subscriber you receive three unique, globally-inspired, freshly ground spice blends to use in every day cooking AND recipes that incorporate each. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or a brand new cook, these blends can elevate your cooking. 

How to Enter to Win a 3-montRawSpiceBar subscription:
  • Leave a comment below on your favorite spice and how you use it.
  • Receive a 2nd entry by Tweeting "Enter to win @ElizabethEat 's @RawSpiceBar #giveaway"
  • Receive a 3rd entry by sharing a picture of your spice drawer on Instagram and tagging @ElizabethEats and @RawSpiceBar 
  • Contest open from Friday March 6th 10AM to Friday March 13th 8AM. 
  • Open to residents of US and Canada only

Happy entering! I'll be here sipping my rose chai from February's box! 
Full disclosure: I received a free February spice collection from RawSpiceBar. I was not paid to host this giveaway. All opinions are my own.