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Lower-Carb Fried Rice, Fruits and Vegetables, Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (9-3-15)

It’s a new collection of Things I’m Thinking About, including Lower-Carb Fried Rice, Fruits and Vegetables, and Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes.

Lower-Carb Fried Rice, Fruits and Vegetables, Slow Cooker Recipes, and Other Things I'm Thinking About found on KalynsKitchen.com
Can a new way to cook rice make it lower in carbs?

Earlier this year when scientists at  the College of Chemical Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, found that cooking rice in a certain way increased its resistant starch content, that news was reported by many sites around the world. I missed the big announcement though, and I didn’t pay attention to this new way to cook rice until I’d seen it over and over on Facebook.

Apparently cooking rice with a small amount of coconut oil and then chilling the rice for 12 hours can make it lower in calories and increase the amount of resistant starch, which effectively makes the rice lower in carbs. (Here’s a good recipe for this method.) It seems like not everyone is convinced and this new way of cooking rice probably needs more testing, but when I heard about it, I immediately thought FRIED RICE!  

I don’t cook a lot of rice, and when I do I use lower-glycemic Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice or Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (and I always cook it in my beloved rice cooker.) But if this new way of cooking rice could mean I could start making homemade fried rice again, I’m all in favor of that! I’m skeptical though, and I’ll probably still mostly stick with cauliflower rice.

What do you think about this new cooking discovery? And if anyone has tried this method of cooking rice, I’d love to hear what you thought.

Now, here are more Things I’m Thinking About . . .

I love, love, love this tongue-in-cheek post on How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps from Black on Both Sides. (In fact, every time I see it pop up somewhere, I read it again and enjoy it just as much as the first time!)

When I taught fourth grade, I loved teaching our students about the national parks in Utah. But now if you have a fourth grader, your family can get a free pass to visit national parks for a year! How cool is that! If I had a fourth grade student, I’d be all over this offer.
Daily Fruits and Veggies from The Kitchn.
(Photo of fruits and vegetables from The Kitchn.)

Most people should be eating more fruits and vegetables; doesn’t everyone agree about that? But I thought I ate a generous amount of veggies every day, although not as great on fruit. But when I saw this post from The Kitchn that pictured and described recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, I realized I need to step it up on both of them! How are you doing about getting in enough healthy fruits and vegetables every day?

I use my slow cooker all year round, but I know many people get their slow cooker out of storage in the fall. If you’re a low-carb eater who’s breaking out the slow cooker, you might like this collection of 25 Amazing Low-Carb Slow Cooker Dinners from Slow Cooker from Scratch. (All these are things I’d happily eat for dinner myself; hope you enjoy!)

And speaking of low-carb, how about this collection of Breadless Sandwich Ideas. (I’m sold on Collard Wraps and Lettuce Wraps, but there are a lot of ideas here I haven’t tried.)
Freezing fresh basil from KalynsKitchen.com.
Freeze your basil before mother nature does it for you!
And finally, one of my best tips for this time of year is to freeze fresh basil for winter. If you have garden basil and haven’t tried freezing it, I promise you’ll love having that basil in the winter for soups, stews, and pasta sauce!

That’s all for this time, but you can use the label Things I’m Thinking About to see more round-ups of my thoughts like this one. What have you been thinking about lately? If you saw something fun or inspiring on the web, please share in the comments.

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6 comments on “Lower-Carb Fried Rice, Fruits and Vegetables, Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (9-3-15)”

  1. Thank you so much. I have some tip here. Can I share on my facebook?

  2. I usually use a pressure cooker to cook them ..

  3. I think the fruit/veg photo is so interesting. I always think of myself as someone who eats a lot of fruit, but judging by this, I could step up my fruit intake a bit. I love the relative portion sizes, too. So helpful.

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