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Rice and Bean Resistant Starch Salad

Rice and bean salad resistant starch1

Have you heard of resistant starch? I’ve heard about it on various sites around the web, including on Chris Kresser’s site. From what I understand the basic premise is that resistant starch is a prebiotic. It is able to survive through the stomach and small intestine and finally ends up in your colon where it feeds the bacteria in your gut. Having something to eat makes your gut bacteria happy, which should, in theory, make your body happy.

I can’t speak to any of that, but I found it interesting that the sources for this type of starch are in foods such as plantains, unripe bananas, and cooked and cooled potatoes, rice, and beans. I like all of those foods so I’m happy to have an excuse to make extra rice and an easier-to-digest pot of beans and save them for an easy meal later.

Something good for me that makes my life easier? Why in the world not?!

So, I make this Rice and Bean Salad pretty often, ya know, to fulfill my quotient of resistant starch. I also eat green bananas from time to time as well, but green bananas does not a tasty, filling salad for six make.

Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad

gluten free macaroni salad recipe

It’s really no joke, this gluten-free macaroni salad is by far my FAVORITE macaroni salad in the world. Nothing ever compares to this for me; every so often throughout the year I whip up a batch and it literally makes my mouth water. I hosted a baby shower this weekend and I made this macaroni salad for it.

Needless-to-say, it was a hit!

Again, I like easy and this recipe is easy! I can whip it up really quickly and it can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for any event.

Clove Oil for Teething Babies: Busted Essential Oil Myth #1

is clove oil actually good for teething?

Your baby is teething. You want to help. You reach for the Clove essential oil…


Before you apply that ultra concentrated product to your baby’s gums, please read this post. I want to explain why this is not recommended, and offer you some safe alternatives.

Simple Thai Basil – Coconut Chicken

thai basil coconut chicken

If flavor-explosion-in-the-mouth were a food group, it would be my favorite. I like dynamics in my food – bitter & sweet (ahem, coffee with cream or raw chocolate milk), spicy and creamy, sweet and tart. This might explain my penchant for Thai food.

The flavors of Thai food are sweet and spicy and sour and pretty much the aforementioned flavor explosion all in one. But I don’t generally keep Thai chiles, limes, and five other ingredients I can’t pronounce in my pantry. I have apple cider vinegar, raw honey, coconut milk, and a few yummy spices. And then I have this Thai basil plant in my garden gifted by the best kind of neighbors – the kind that give you vegetables and herbs when they have too many.

And so, when wanting one of those Thai-inspired dishes, I enlisted that basil plant, a can of coconut milk, and some good chicken to help me out. Flavor explosion minus the fuss? I’m in.

Who Am I?

My name is Kristen Michaelis. I'm a nutrition educator, author, and mother of three. I adore hats, happy skirts, horizons full of storm clouds, the full-bodied feel of wind as I ride motorcylces, reading in my hammock, and a hearty shot of Caol Ila scotch. I'm also a rebel with a cause.