Superfoods? There are so many of them our there these days- but they are usually expensive and most people don't even know to start using them on a daily basis. We like to use simple ingredients that also pack a punch of nutrition, so that superfoods are not necessary for most of the recipes that we share on the blog. However, sometimes it is fun to mix it up a bit and throw in some not-so-well-known ingredients. Here we go...on how to spruce up your brown rice.
Dulse- is a wonderful seaweed that is also relatively inexpensive. Dulse is rich in minerals, and is a great source of iodine, which is one of the easiest and best ways to support the health of your thyroid and hormonal balance. Dietary sources of iodine are safe to eat. Dulse can be added to soups to increase the nutrient density and can also be toasted up lightly and sprinkled on top of vegetables, grains, or any other savoury dishes.
Hempseeds- are an amazing source of protein, especially for vegans and vegetarians, because they actually provide all of the essential amino acids (which normally are only found in animal based proteins). Hempseeds are also a great source of omega 3, the anti-inflammatory fat that is helpful for our brain health, hormonal balance, and skin.
Dulse Hemp Brown Rice Pilaf
1 cup brown rice 1 cup dried dulse 1/3 cup hempseeds 2 Tbsp olive oil, hemp oil, or flax oil
Directions: 1. If you have time, soak the rice overnight in a bowl of water. Soaking rice helps with digestion and makes the nutrients more readily available to the body. Rinse off. 2. Cook 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover for 20-30 minutes (it will take less time to cook if you soaked the rice overnight). 3. While the rice is cooking, lightly toast the dulse in the oven at 350 for about 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the dulse. 4. Place the brown rice in a bowl. Pour oil of choice over top. Top with dulse and hempseeds.