Wild Rice Pilaf & Lemon Roasted Pepper…Wild rice has been the staple of native Americans for centuries. It contains B vitamins, crucial for many functions including our nervous system. In fact vitamin B range is usually a deficit for our North Americans, and there are articles this subject on this BLOG! Minerals, such as manganese, an important antioxidant…BUT most of us often in short supply. This recipe also contains many dietary fibres, digestible and indigestible!… complete proteins, complex carbohydrates, that are slowly released…as opposed to NET Carbs!…for sustained tempered glucose metabolism and energy. Some studies suggest that wild rice has 30 times more antioxidant activity than white, and lowers cholesterol and stress. It is interesting that Asians eaten successfully in terms of Body Health…white rice for eons..but THAT may be more attributable to a traditional diet concentrating on vegetables and fiber. Incidentally the Coconut Oil is excellent and does not change chemically with heat!
Wild Rice Pilaf & Lemon Roasted Pepper
Serves 4 to 6: 1 cup wild rice; 1 cup brown basmati; 3 tablespoons of coconut oil; 1 red bell pepper, finely diced; 1/4 organic tamari sauce; 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon unpasteurized honey; 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions, white and green parts; 2 teaspoons lemon zest; 1 teaspoon crushed garlic; freshly cracked pepper. Put the wild rice in a pot with 2.5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, let simmer for 50 minutes or until rice is tender. Put the brown basmati in a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 35-40 minutes, until tender. Melt coconut oil in a pan and roast red peppers until tender. In a large bowl combine the roasted peppers, tamari sauce, honey, rice vinegar, scallions, lemon zest and garlic. Add the wild rice and the basmati and serve!
Those staying at Middle Beach Lodge, close to Tofino in Canada’s wild Pacific Coast…may walk Middle Beach, and ‘hit’ that wild trail to Tonquin Beach. With incredible Pacific views…at the same time gain advantage of the ‘stats’…suggesting a minimum of ten minutes after a meal, for optimum control of blood sugar and health! But sheer impact of wildness, will naturally distract any thought of time! Wild Rice Pilaf & Lemon Roasted Pepper!