Like many moms, I started my little one’s adventure with solid food with a grain cereal. I started making this brown rice cereal and my baby loves eating it. Most of all, this is a great base recipe. You can add fruits, veggies, meats and an endless combination of spices to introduce new flavours and flavour combinations to any meal.
The first step is to prep your rice. I personally like a long grain brown rice but any type of rice will do (except for any type of sticky rice as it will be high in sugar and gluten, which is unhealthy for infants). I take about 2 cups of dry rice and blend it all on the highest setting until it’s in a powder form. The smaller the grains of rice, the less time it will take to cook, which is why I love this recipe. When cooking the powdered rice, it takes 2 minutes to make!
Bring the water to a boil in a small but deep pot. I’ve used small pots before and end up getting a lot of over-boiling – this ends up being a HUGE MESS and completely defeats the purpose of making simple and easy to cook dishes. So I’ve switched to a deep pot just to avoid this issue.
Once the water is boiling, I slowly sift in each tablespoon of of rice, whisking the mixture the entire time. It’s important to note that if you just add heaping tablespoons of rice and then try to whisk it, you’ll end up with large inedible lumps. Once all the rice is in the pot, turn the heat down to low and consistently whisk the mixture for 2 minutes. My stove’s temperature never seems to go down low enough so I take the pot off the stove for about 30 seconds (still stirring) and them put it back on the burner for 5 seconds until the 2 minutes are done.
Like I mentioned in my last post, using a timer is a cook’s best friend, especially when it’s only for a minute or two. There have been so many times that I needed to cook something for a minute or two (I’m talking to you broiler) and I’m completely determined to pay attention the entire time. Of course, I get distracted and end up burning whatever it was. Never again!
You’ll see that the mixture becomes a lot thicker and will taste exactly like regular cooked rice. Then it’s time to add the butter because – well, why not? I say this over and over again but I know I can’t say it enough. We live in such a fat-conscious world that we sometimes forget that our children need good fat so this is a great time to add butter to soften the rice and give it a smooth, buttery flavour.
Now here’s the best part – this will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or, if you make a larger batch, you can freeze the rice in cubes to be used at a later time!
BROWN RICE “CEREAL” BASE
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 8 minutes | Serving Size: Makes about 2 cups
• 6 tbsp brown rice powder (see above for directions)
• 3 cup water
• optional: 1 tbsp unsalted butter
• optional: 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp (depending on your taste) spices, such as nutmeg or cinnamon
• 3/4 cup to 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit (steamed or boiled and pureed)
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Slowly add the rice powder, one heaping tablespoon at a time, whisking as you add it. (If you dump the whole tablespoon of rice powder in the water, you’ll have a giant lump of rice).
- Turn down the heat to medium-high and whisk constantly for 2 minutes or until the rice absorbs the water and thickens. Remove any lumps.
- (optional) Add butter and/or spices and stir into the rice.
- Pour into a container and put in the fridge or pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Hope you enjoy making this quick and easy rice base. Please share your experiences below so we can work together to help other mommies and daddies in their parental journeys. And remember to take a pic of your rice dish and tag #notasupermommy or @notasupermommy on Instagram!