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Brown Rice Caserecce | organic

Helloooo everyone! This morning I received my first package of goodies from Thrive Market, and couldn’t wait to incorporate something into a recipe to share with you all. This is like Christmas to me LOL. Since I am a huge fan of pastas and I am always looking for healthy alternatives to the high refined carbohydrates regular pasta gives, I decided on a brown rice pasta – Jovial Brown Rice Caserecce. This recipe is good for a quick dinner idea if you don’t have much time and also don’t want to eat out. Check it out:

Yields 7-9 servings
You Will Need:
  • 12 oz brown rice caserecce
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked & chopped
  • 1-8 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups spinach (measured fresh)
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • fresh parsley to garnish (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients (except pasta, chicken, spinach, parmesan, parsley) in large pot; cover and bring to boil 12-15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to med-low, add pasta; simmer for 10-12 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat.
  3. Add spinach & chicken; stir
  4. Serve immediately; top with parmesan & garnish with parsley

Health Benefits

  • Very high in fiber: helps keep bowel movements regular, reducing constipation, and helps keep bowels healthy Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 7.53.49 PM
  • Very high in manganese: produces energy from protein & carbs & synthesizes fatty acids which are important for a healthy nervous system
  • High in calcium, iron, potassium, & selenium (a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer)

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study on women to find the difference in white rice versus brown rice and its long-term effects on the body, in terms of maintaining a healthy body weight. It was discovered that “women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating foods made from refined grains” (Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women’s Hospital).


One of the biggest difficulties with consistently eating a well balanced diet is keeping your pantry stocked with healthy options. Between Thrive Market & my local farmer’s market it’s rare that I have to grace the grocery stores with my presence. If I do, I stay on the outside of the store where the fresh produce, meats, and dairy live.

If you have the ingredients on hand to quickly whip up a balanced meal, then you’re less likely to turn to things like chips, candy, & other junk. All junk food does is trick your mind into believing you’re actually eating something of substance while piling on the calories, sugar, and excess fat….for no reason. Why else would you be able to eat so much junk food and STILL be hungry?! Because there are little to zero nutrients included, lol. So if you ate the same amount of a salad, I can put money on it that you would be good for a little while. Try me. The only good that comes from junk is a sugar high which isn’t essentially good, at all.

When your body is hungry, it’s hungry for nutrients, not junk! Always remember that. And also remember that all of the many diseases I often speak of are unable to exist in an alkaline environment. Viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and cancer cells (except the hereditary 5-10%) can only exist in acidic environments. Acidic environments come from eating predominantly processed foods.

Check out the brown rice caserecce from Thrive Market. Get all of your fave natural and organic products at wholesale prices without having to buy in bulk. Genius! Learn more here.

Comment below & share this quick, easy, & delicious recipe with your family & friends. Feel free to tweak the recipe and swap out vegetables to your liking!

Talk soon,

Kiara

 

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