Over at the Nourishing Gourmet you can find my version of a Harris family staple, Rice and Peas, a dish I’ve eaten dozens of times in the last 7 years of being with my husband. My mother-in-law’s recipe can not be duplicated taste-wise but my version is slightly more beneficial, health-wise due to a cooking liquid of bone broth and the additional step of soaking the brown rice and pulses. The flavors are persuasive and full but mild and starchy enough that my picky almost-3-year old will devour a bowlful without coaxing. I can be satisfied knowing that his little tummy is being filled with both healthy complex carbs and the amazing qualities of coconut cream that together will allow him to maintain or even gain some much-needed weight.
Another feature from this post is the cost analysis, part of the Healthy $1 Menu series set up by Kimi Harris, owner/author of the Nourishing Gourmet. This was an interesting and brand-new exercise for me. While I typically am supposed to be shopping/cooking from a set budget, I rarely stick to it. We eat mostly from scratch and shop bulk which is great economically but I also have a whimsical palate that desires new tastes and expensive, organic ingredients. Additionally, I have a husband that rarely denies me anything I truly want. So, for me, this was an excellent reminder to challenge myself with continued frugality, especially out of respect for the earth and for those that have less.