Monday, October 29, 2012

Goose Valley Natural Foods Rice Review

I recently got to reveiw some really new and interesting wild rice combinations from a company called Goose Valley. I have always loved rice for as long as I can remember. For me it was a huge staple of my when I was single and living by myself. It was either Weight Watcher's frozen meals or I would make a huge pot of basmati rice and I would have that for days for supper in different ways.

Sometimes I would eat with lima beans and dill on top, salsa and sour cream mixed together and poured over the rice to make a sorta mexican like rice, or I would just eat it plain with Butter Me Not! I think that is how I actually kept my figure down below 110 to 108 from my early twenties to my middle thirties. Life sure does change once you hit those middle thirties!

But anyway, the three rice mixes that I got to review from Goose Valley were:

1.) Basmati Wild Rice Fusion (Heart Healthy & Gluten Free)

2.) Rice and Bean Fusion (same as above)

3.) Family Reserve Natural Wild Rice (it's really black looking rice)

I really liked this one the best. It is a nice flavored rice with veggies mixed in and you can add whatever else you like to it and we did. Instead of using water to cook the rice with I used cans of Chicken Broth and then mixed in a can of water to give it a more flavorful taste. We ate this rice with some grilled pork chops and it really came out quite good.

You can season to whatever suits your fancy but I am trying to limit mine and Mike's intake on salt so we used very little of it and used garlic and pepper instead. I wish I had the pictures that I had taken of each rice that was cooked. But if you rememeber back at the end of August or beginning of September my other laptop fried it's insides and along with it a year a half of pictures!

 I knew I should have backed them up but kept putting it off and then I lost all the pictures. Of course, then getting sick further delayed this review but this morning I resolved myself to get it done with several others because this week is gonna get wild with the start of the Christmas events.

 But seriously, if you aren't sure if you like mixing rices with things and want to play it safe, this one is the one to try first. It is just right for just about everybody and won't weigh you down like some other rices will.

Now then, this one is the Rice and Bean and Mike made this one and something you have to know about Mike and that is the hotter it is the better he likes it! He constantly forgets that I have the chronic bladder pain and cannot eat spicy or hot foods but he goes and does it anyway and then I am left to my own defenses. I wasn't feeling too great the day that he made this one so it really didn't matter. He kinda made a mixture between a chili and a Mexican dish.  Not sure what he was going for but he claims he loved it, so to each his own.
I would have just left it alone because it had all kinds of spices and herbs in the package and I would have just added some ground beef or pulled apart chicken and put it on top of the rice but that is not what Mike wanted and he ended up putting some Rotel tomatoes in there that sealed the fate of that rice! I would not touch it with a ten foot pole! That Rotel tomato stuff they have is really hot and I am not crazy!
So, he ended up eating that batch all by himself for the next 2 or 3 days. I bet this would have been good cooked with some polish sausage and that is what I had in mind until he went and ruined the whole thing, but, at least he took the initiative to make his own meal when he saw I was not feeling good, so I let it go.
Now, this is the one that has those really dark rice kernels. Can you see them? Almost reminded me of black licorice! What sets this rice apart from the others besides the color is that it is high in fiber and in protein. It is also 100% Grade A Natural Wild Rice.  I have to admit I saved this one for last because I really wasn't sure what to do with it. I mean, who eats black rice? 
So, what I did was make the rice as per the directions and then I took half of the rice and used it to help make a nice and unique stuffing.  Then the other half of the rice I served with rotisserie chicken and the stuffing. I did add some Himalayan Pink Sherpa Salt that I had gotten to review also and it really did bring out the flavors just like I thought it would.  I cooked the rice in half water and half chicken broth but with diced onions and diced garlic to give it a nice flavor.
I think this rice would be awesome in tacos, burritos and maybe a few other Mexican recipes. But it went really well with the rotisserie chicken and I had some really dark black beans that we put on top of the rice and it actually came out pretty good.
They do have some other flavors of rice to try besides the three that I got to review so if you want to know what other flavors they have, take a trip over to their website and see what all they have and you will be surprised at some of the things you will learn, just like I did the first time I went over.
This is what Goose Valley says about the Nutrients in Wild Rice:
Wild rice has important vitamins and minerals that play a role in keeping us healthy including the B vitamins, calcium, folic acid, iron, lysine, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin E. Wild rice is a good source of fiber and protein while low in calories, fat, and sugar. Wild rice does not contain harmful fats, sodium, or cholesterol.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the My Pyramid Program have placed grains as the foundation of a healthy balanced diet. They recommend that we eat between six and ten ounces of grains a day with half of our servings from whole grains, such as wild rice. According to the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy, people who eat three daily servings of whole grains may lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Connect with Goose Valley Natural Foods several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 219
Burney, CA 96013
Phone:   (617) 914-0126
Fax:       (617) 536-8535

 Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.