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Immune-boosting rice dish for sick little ones

This is a rice dish that I came up with when my little ones were sick and wouldn’t eat anything!  I wanted to give them something gentle on the stomach, so I used white rice, but also wanted to add plenty of immune-boosting ingredients.  It’s very simple to make and my kids ate it right up.


Homemade bone broth (or Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth if you have no homemade)

2 cups Organic California White Basmati Rice, rinsed

Fresh Organic Ginger Root

Fresh Organic Garlic

Salt and Pepper to taste

Celtic Sea Salt Herb Grinder (I love this because it contains Astragalus and Nettles, great for immunity!)

You will want to add more broth than the rice instructions call for because you want the rice to cook nice and long, so it’s softer than usual, and more creamy (like risotto) than traditional rice dishes.  Use as much or as little rice as you like, depending on how many sick family members you have!  Boil the broth, then add the rice and turn the heat down a little.  While that is cooking, mince a LOT of fresh organic garlic.  I used like 6-8 cloves!  Mince it as fine as possible, then let sit for 15 minutes.  Allegedly this helps activate the allicin; not quite sure if that’s true, but there’s no harm in it, so why not??  While the garlic sits, peel and chop a significant piece of ginger (for example, the size of your thumb).  Mince as fine as possible (ginger can taste spicy if the kids get a big chunk of it), and add to rice and broth.  After 15 minutes, add the garlic as well.  Turn down to medium heat so that it’s simmering for a while.  Add a little salt and black pepper, and a generous amount of the Celtic sea salt herb grinder.  Cook for about 25 minutes (or more if necessary), stirring occasionally.

Season to taste, and serve to sick little ones!  If they are on the upswing from illness you can add butter to the rice for flavor and calories, but for little ones who are still vomiting or having diarrhea it might be best to skip the butter.

My husband and I also ate a lot of this, hoping that the ginger and garlic would prevent us from catching the sickness.  Thus far it has worked!