Can Traditional Cooking be Simple? Yes it can! There are a few ways it can be easier on us (some of us are busy you know):).
Why cook traditionally in the first place? The answer: health benefits. People are becoming more educated on digestive health and understand its vast importance. Children need nutritious meals for growth and optimal learning. Adults need food that is real and not processed to fuel our busy schedules. Life doesn’t seem like it is slowing down anytime soon. If anything, I feel like there is always more to do and not enough time. That means I need energy and lots of it. Not from synthetic forms, like soda and highly caffeinated beverages, or even natural forms of caffeine… to be honest I am very sensitive to caffeine and I really limit my intake.
So what do I use for my fuel? I make traditionally prepared foods and beverages. B Vitamins and minerals are my natural source of energy. Grains are packed with these. Soaking grains helps with absorption. How does soaking help? All grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented (or unsoaked) whole grains can lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. Soaking allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as 7 hours in warm acidulated (added whey) water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. This simple practice will vastly improve their nutritional benefits. This action increases the amount of of many vitamins, especially B vitamins (from Nourishing Traditions).
Traditional Cooking usually consists of slow cooking. Rice is a non gluten grain and is easier to digest, but I still soak it for a few hours before cooking. Gluten grains should always be soaked: oats, rye, barley, wheat~ these are very hard to digest.
Start by soaking your rice (white/ brown rice). Remember keep it simple.
Place 1 cup rice and 2 cups warm water in a flameproof casserole. Add 2 Tablespoons of organic whey to mixture. Leave for 5-7 hours. Cover loosely.
Prepare rice as usual.
Add butter and salt.
Cover and Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Cook on lowest possible heat.
Enjoy! I like to add the rice to a meat dish and it blends nicely.
Where to buy WHEY? And why use Whey?
If you do not have access to whey from a local farmer, there is a great alternative. Sometimes I am super busy, so I love having the option of ordering GreenFed Organic Cultured Whey that can be delivered right to my door. Talk about convenient. It is a great option for the busy parents on the go.
In health and happiness,
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