Friday 29 October 2010


Wild Rice/Vilde Ris/菰米[gūmǐ]

For babies from 8 months old.

1. 1 cup of wild rice to 3 cups of water in a automatic rice cooker (takes about 20 mins)

2. When cooked, stir in 200 ml of formula milk and 3 teaspoons of vegetable oil

3. Puree with blender until desired consistency is achieved

OR for younger babies and to reduce cooking time:

1. Place a cup of water on the stove to boil.

2. While water is heating, grind ¼ cup of wild rice into powder for 2 minutes or less.

3. Sprinkle the wild rice powder into the boiling water and let it sit over low heat for 10 minutes. (Whisk frequently to prevent burning and lumps).

4. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of formula milk powder (optional).

1. Cool down, pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

2. Once frozen, knock the cubes out and store them in freezer bags (makes 2 ice cube trays, can store up to 8 weeks)

Nutritional Value:
Even though brown rice is super good for you, wild rice is said to be even better. Wild rice has less calories per serving than brown rice, fifty calories almost twenty-five percent less. In addition it has only a third of calories from fat that brown rice does and half of the sodium. You get more protein from a serving of wild rice as well as four times as much vitamin E and six times as much as folate. Brown rice does have one more gram of fiber than wild rice but the amount of sugars, iron and vitamin K are going to be about the same in both brown and wild rice. Carbohydrates are one thing that brown rice offers more of, you get ten more grams of carbohydrates with brown rice than with wild rice. In addition brown rice offers more thiamin, twice as much actually, more niacin, B6 and twice as much as pantothenic acid than wild rice. it is also loaded iron, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Additional information:
There is no doubt that both wild rice and brown rice are healthy. Wild rice is much more expensive than brown rice (about twice the cost), thus, following the examples of others, I alternate both of them to save money.


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