Ah, another rainy morning in Seattle. Hello June. I’ve really been looking forward to June this year. Not only because I graduate, but because my life is ready to be filled with the beautiful vegetables soon to arrive in my CSA.
It sounds like farms around Washington are having a rainy season too. I was supposed to help out on a farm in Duvall last week, but with all the rain and mud, the trip got canceled. I was also notified the other day that my CSA wouldn’t arrive until late June because of the cold weather this season. I guess the vegetables just need a little more time. Hmm, don’t we all.
Well, what could be better on a dreary morning than a warm bowl of brown rice farina. What are your thoughts on brown rice farina? Love it? Hate it? Have no clue what I’m talking about? I came to know brown rice farina a couple of years ago when I was on an elimination diet trying figure out if I had food allergies. For anyone unfamiliar with an elimination diet, it typically involves cutting out dairy, soy, gluten, sugar, caffeine, and any processed foods. Depending on your body and the purpose of the diet, you might also have to cut out fruit, especially citrus.
Brown rice farina quickly became one of my favorite breakfast foods. Brown rice farina is simply ground up brown rice. When it’s cooked, it becomes similar in texture to oatmeal or any other hot cereal. It’s perfect for those with food sensitivities, allergies, or anyone simply looking for a healthy breakfast. Its neutral flavor is perfect because you can add whatever you like to it: milk of your choice (rice and almond are delicious), fresh fruit, dried berries, ground up flax seeds, nuts, or a drizzle of agave. If you cannot have sugar, you might be able to get away with a sprinkle of stevia. Regardless of your toppings, it’s a delicious way to start your day!
Bring 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add 1 cup brown rice farina and turn heat down. Cook for about 5 – 8 minutes stirring occasionally. Be careful not to overcook. Serve with the toppings of your choice. I added in rice milk, chopped almonds, blueberries, raisins, and dried gogi berries.