We are not very good dinner eaters around here. When I say “dinner” I mean what a lot of people call “lunch”. Growing up, lunch meant either 10 am or 4pm and included coffee, a sandwich made with homemade white bread, summer sausage and homemade ketchup and something baked. (When we were at Grandma’s house.)
A lot of days we are working through dinner or out running errands and we don’t take the time to eat how we should. We typically eat our big meal at supper time. I tend to feel sluggish if I eat a big plate of meat and potatoes for dinner – wanting to curl up in front of the fireplace and take a nap instead of getting work done.
I’ve been feeling like I need to make dinner or “lunch” a bigger priority. Sometimes I forget I’m a mom of 2 and it’s my responsibility that they eat well. (How I forget that I don’t know…) It’s easy to throw some fruit and cheese or a vegetable squeezie at them – which is ok I think – just not something I want to do everyday.
I made these brown rice patties the other day and put them on a bed of lettuce – and Ollie slicked it up and asked for seconds! These are great because they freeze well. They take a couple of minutes to brown and dinner is ready. I’m going to make another batch tomorrow just to have on hand.
I made brown rice in bone broth. I try to add bone broth into anything I possible can. Here’s why.
Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion
Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection
Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage
Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).
Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better
Promotes strong, healthy bones: As mentioned above, bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation
Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth
I just read an article that there are walk up windows in New York City where they sell bone broth by the cup. Wouldn’t it be fun if Starbucks sold bone broth one day? Get a little cup of bone broth to go with your cinnamon dolce.
I don’t think I’ll hold my breath…
I used my food processor to chop up the nuts.
I use a mason jar to add all of my dressing ingredients. I shake it up, use what I need , put a lid on it and put it in the refrigerator for next time. The less dirty dishes the better.
It was a very satisfying meal. I made the patties a little smaller and we all ended up eating 2 each.
- ½ cups pecans
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ oatmeal
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 egg
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Add the walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds and oatmeal to a food processor.
- Pulse until finely chopped.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients until it forms a pliable dough.
- Wet hands and make into patties.
- Fry in a frying pan until lightly browned on both sides.