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Perfect Brown Rice

I made the switch from white to brown rice long, long ago for it's whole grain fiber power but I only recently mastered how to prepare it.  Prior to finding the perfect recipe, I usually bought the ready made stuff by Mr. Uncle Ben.  You know, the microwaveable stuff.  But, if you look at the exponential cost difference to the bagged stuff, it has become hard to justify.

The main problem with rice is how long it takes to bake but being a stay-at-home mom, time is sort of on my side.  Even if I wasn't at home, you can make this rice ahead on Sunday and microwave heat it the day you need for a fraction of the cost.  Unfortunately, when I prepared brown rice according to the package directions on the stove top I found it either turned mushy (overcooked) or it was too al-dente (undercooked).  I couldn't, for the life of me, get it light and fluffy.

So, I did some research on the web and found some different ways to prepare it.  Some called for parboiling, draining and steaming…

Mamavation Monday: Where do you get your fiber?

Baby #3 is due any day.  In an effort to get back to my normal self, I'm going to spend the next few months focusing on getting my diet back on track in areas it may have derailed during the pregnancy due to sickness and frankly, necessity.  Getting my diet on track will be all the more crucial to get right if I am going to lose this baby weight yet again as carving out the time for a two hour run is going to be difficult if not impossible with 3 kiddos not yet in school!

One area I'm usually pretty good about is getting my recommended amount of daily fiber.  I've shared with you some of my favorite ways to get my fiber, including this ULTRA healthy recipe for oatmeal and whole wheat flour pancakes.  They are so yummy and filling and won't give you a sugar rush and crash two hours later like the white flour versions. 

You can easily adapt any recipe into a healthier fiber filled one with just a few simple swaps.  Another recipe I love to throw in some whole grain in i…

That's My Girl

My girl is a bit of a tom boy but that doesn't mean she never plays with dolls.  She does love to play with them from time to time.  Lately, this is the first thing she does to them.