Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tumeric, Brown Rice, and Black Beans

It's almost 6am, and I'm up for some personal time with "Ruah Mind and Body Movement." It's like yoga, and I love it. I have 2 DVD's... one is called "Warrior" and the other is called "Release." It's helping the carpel tunnel problem I have. I highly recommend them for strengthening, balance, and healthy range of motion. Here's the link:

But that's not what I sat down to write about. Last evening, I threw together some rice and beans that turned out to be the best! So I had to share. In the mean time, I learned about all kinds of healing properties of the spice I used, tumeric, and you'll see that at the end.

Tumeric, Brown Rice, and Black Beans
Soak brown rice over night in water at room temperature in a container with a lid. Use twice as much water as rice. (For example, 1.5 c. brown rice and 3 c. water)

The next day, drain off water, and put rice in pot with the same amount of fresh water replacement (or a little more). You'll see that the rice has just barely started to sprout. That's the LIVING FOOD you'll be eating. How exciting is that! All kinds of potential energy has been put into motion just by soaking it overnight. Add sea salt to taste. Boil, then simmer with lid until rice has soaked up all the liquid... about 20-30 min.
While that's simmering, chop a medium sized onion and mince 3-4 cloves of garlic. Heat up about 1/3 c. light olive oil (it's a light yellow color... save your green extra virgin olive oil for raw recipes). Don't let your oil smoke... that damages the oil. Add onions first and stir until onions are soft but not carmelized. Add garlic and saute another two minutes. Don't add onions and garlic at the same time because garlic will burn before onion is cooked.

Add 1 tsp. of tumeric. Stir. Add 1 can black beans. Stir. Optional: add hot sauce to taste. Serve beans over rice. You won't believe how tasty the tumeric makes this combination of simple God-foods come together.

Here's some info. about tumeric from Dr. Mercola's website. He lists so many more benefits that just this list, so go to the link at the top (click on the title of this post) to see what amazing things are happening when you eat tumeric:

Turmeric’s Beneficial Effects in a Nutshell

Strengthens and improves digestion

Reduces gas and bloating

Assists in the digestion of protein and with rice and bean dishes

Improves your body's ability to digest fats

Promotes proper metabolism, correcting both excesses and deficiencies

Maintains and improves intestinal flora

Improves elimination of wastes and toxins

1 comment:

Amy said...

I did this recipe again and realized that 2 tsp. tumeric is twice as much as I actually used.... sorry, I should have said 1 tsp. tumeric. Either way is fine. I just like the balance of flavors better with 1 tsp.