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A Year of Slow Cooking

Monday, January 14, 2008

Overnight Quinoa and Brown Rice Pudding Slow Cooker Recipe

Day 14.

I searched in all my cookbooks and through the web to find an overnight slow cooker rice pudding recipe. I found a few, but they called for white rice and an entire cup of sugar. The idea of eating anything with that much sugar for breakfast icked me out.
I decided to prove the slow cooker cookbook and internet site writers wrong and come up with a hearty whole-grain breakfast porridge that the whole family loved.
I also wanted it to cook unattended all night long in my trusty slow cooker.

That's not too much to ask for, right?

The Ingredients:

--1 cup uncooked brown rice
--1 cup uncooked quinoa
--2 quarts (64 oz) of soy milk (you could probably use rice or almond, but cow's milk might curdle)
--1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
--1/4 cup white sugar
--1/4 cup brown sugar
--2 little boxes raisins (about 2/3 cup)
--1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
--tiny pinch of Kosher salt
--Cooking Spray for inside of stoneware
--blueberries (or other fresh fruit) and nuts for garnish

The Directions:
--put kids to bed so you don't have to give them little bowls of brown sugar to lick
--spray the inside of your stoneware with a bit of cooking spray
--mix all ingredients together and put in crock

It will look soupy, but the liquid will absorb by morning time.

--cook on low for 8 hours
--stir and serve with fresh fruit and/or nuts

But don't eat it.

That bowl up there might look pretty, but...

it tastes like dirt.

Maybe it was too much quinoa? Not enough sugar? I'm not sure exactly, but it was not good.

we had waffles instead.

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Damsel said...

LOL! Oh, no! I'm so sorry... maybe you can try again?

The Dukes Family said...

Sorry it didn't work out ... great effort! :) I love your blog and check it out often - found it on Today's Creative Blog. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm still trying to figure out your sleuthing technique - how did you know I recommended your blog?? :)

Jennifer said...

LOL! Oh my! Well thanks for being brave and testing the waters when so many of us wouldn't have even tried!

canada said...

i was getting all excited and then laughed when you said not to eat it, ;0), oh well try, try, again. i am so excited to find your site because i want to use the crockpot more and have dinner ready after a busy and rushed day at work. thanks for your committment to keep trying the crock everyday!!! i look forward to your adventures,failures and successes

Elaine said...

SHUT UP! I was so looking for just this kind of recipe last night. All O could find were Quinoa and Barley recipes and I haven't any barley. So I went to bed and am enjoying a smoothie this morning.

Here's hoping you'll find a good recipe!

Joanne Brown said...

HEE!! HEE!! You totally had me laughing so hard!! I was reading the ingredients and method so carefully so I could try it, and then you said not to eat it :) I love your style of writing :) Thanks for the comment on my blog! How did you know I was 'stalking' you :) ?? joanne

Jennifer P. said...

Well good thing I read that one all the way through. I may have just looked at the top picture and the ingredients, and went to town! We all have to make some mistakes and throw stuff away--at least it wasn't an expensive cut of meat! Maybe you could find a way to make waffles in your crockpot :)?

Anonymous said...

Did you wash the quinoa really thoroughly? I hear it can taste like dirt if you don't rinse it a lot.

Crockpot Lady said...

I have never heard that tip before about washing quinoa. I'll try that, thanks!

I can tell when people put links on their blog thanks to site meter. It's free and *highly* addictive. (or maybe I just have that problem..) ;-0

Elena Manwaring said...

Thanks for letting me link. :) I really was going to tell you I did it, just hadn't got around to it yet. :) This post was hilarious and I can't wait to try some of you good stuff.

Lynda said...

Wow, I am sure glad I read through the whole recipe for your review. LOL I was all set to try this sounded so healthy! I really enjoy reading your about your crockpotting adventures! Looking forward to trying the hot & sour soup for hubby when he gets home this weekend.

Stacy said...

LOL...well, at least it looked pretty. I'm glad you are being a tester for all of us. :)

kelly said...

ha! looking forward to your do-over soon!

capello said...

whew. it's nice to know not everything is perfect.

but dang. it sounded good.

Tiffany Granderson said...

Just stumbled upon your site. Look forward to checking it regularly. FYI - I have a great and super easy chicken tortilla soup recipe for the crock pot. Would be glad to e-mail it to you, but I didn't see a way to contact you (e-mail) on your blog. So, check it out here:

Tiffany Granderson said...

Let me try again with the link:

Crockpot Lady said...

Tiffany, thank you! I did get the link (when it is sent through email for some reason it reads it like a hyperlink, but in the comments it doesn't. weird)

A Gluten Free Recipe Box Blog! How exciting! I've bookmarked it and can't wait to dive into your archives.

my email is crockpotlady AT gmail DOT com. ;-)


Marsha said...

I tried something similar for our Christmas morning breakfast.

I think I put in brown rice, those Irish oats (from the tin), wheat berries, dried apples, raisons, diced dried pineapple, chopped candied ginger, brown sugar, vanilla, and a whole mess of both water and milk.

Tasted like dirt at our house, too. Killed me to waste that food, but I couldn't even bribe anyone to eat it.

Michele@Philoxenos said...

have you tried barley? I have a recipe for cooked barley with vanilla soy milk and some other stuff. It's not bad. My husband really likes it. I think it's a bit... chewy.

Joanne Brown said...

I've just added sitemeter to my blog now :) one more thing for me to get addicted to, lol

Seis said...

I love how you go through all the steps and then tell us not to eat it. You are truly committed.

Amy said...

that is so funny...what is quinoa..?

Anu said...

LOL! I was mentally making a shopping list before I came to the end of your post...

I set up the crock pot to make soup stock last night. I have to learn to "forget about it", it's harder than it seems. I woke up once at 1am and once at 4am to check how it was coming along!

Hi! I'm Michelle said...

LOL You crack me up! I've never bought your first three ingredients, don't even know what Quinoa is... I've got the high sugar content breakfast going! Bread Pudding made with Krispy Kreme donuts is more likely to be on my menu... and I have a minor in nutrition! LOL I know better.

But I do laugh my head off while reading your blog! You are so much fun! :)

Nan said...

HA! Hahahaha! I just popped over from somewhere or other, thinking "oooh, crockpot. Need to read that one!" now I will bookmark you, because crockpot tips + hilariousness= must read!

fiveminds said...

For breakfast in the crock I stick to steel cut oats with vanilla soy milk. thanks for reminding us to laugh at our mistakes; You're a wise one, crockpot lady!

tammy b said...

chortle, chuckle, guffaw! ya killed me! just found ya, better 20 days late than never! i bow down to you; one of my resolutions was to use my crockpot once a week and this will make it much easier and fun!

Kathleen said...

You had me cracking up too! Ha haa! Looking forward to more breakfast recipes, though. (Especially since I make breakfast every day!)

Zimms Zoo said...

I just linked to you from my blog. I found it off another. I love it. So far I haven't tried anything yet (just becuase I haven't gotten through my origianl mealplan for the month yet) but certainly plan on trying several.
I was especially looking for breakfast ones, since I have 5 kids and 1 babysitting child. I also have quinoa on hand that I need to use in something. I did read that you have to rinse it really well. I hope you come up with something else to make in the crock-pot.
I am in the process of getting all sizes. Thanks for a great website. I plan on going back through the archives a little at a time.

Kimberly said...

Bummer! It all sounded sooo good and I have quinoa and brown rice and have done the steel cut oats in the crockpot before. Dirt, though, I can pass on.
Before I made quinoa for the first time a few weeks ago I had read about washing it first. It actually took a bunch of rinsings to get it edible. The trick seems to be to rinse and rinse and rinse until when you taste a bit (raw) it is no longer bitter. It's so stinkin' small though that I had quinoa EVERYWHERE!!!! A colander with really tiny holes helps. I've still got a bunch left and was looking for more recipes for it. Guess I'll keep looking?
Well, I'm off to stir my crockpot breakfast potatoes and head off to sleep. Hope they don't taste like dirt for the brunch tomorrow...

Julianne said...

I'm thinking that it has to do with the quinoa. I like quinoa, but I think it might be persnicketdy and not crock pot friendly. I'm going to try a brown rice pudding sans quinoa in the crock pot and see how things go. I am also oddly obsessed with my crockpot, so I love your site (especially your writing style)!

joannabanana said...

This cracks me up because it looks really good. I hate throwing away food, too-it makes me sad! But it's better than eating it all yourself.

Jorgina Gravida said...

LMAO - I have tried SO hard to like quinoa - it's supposed to have all these enzymes and more protein than any other grain... but you're right, it tastes like dirt. I have tried toasting it, cooking it in broth, buying the Seeds of Change mixes hoping the experts would have it right... but I just don't like it. Thought this recipe might be the ticket - grateful for the warning at the end!

SilverSage said...

Yes, it was the Q. If you want to mix grains- next time try barley...the unhulled kind or oatmeal (not quik type) but keep the amount of brown rice as primary ingred. I do 1 cup rice to 1/2 of barley.
I use organic short grain brown rice as it poofs better & absorbs the milk than long grain which remains like little bullets! HA!

That is why the pudding made with white rice is so creamy- it soaks up that milk! Try again.....

PS I hope you fed that "dirt" to your dogs- it makes GREAT dog food- and they do not care it tastes like dirt! lol.

SilverSage said...

Yes, it was the Q. If you want to mix grains- next time try barley...the unhulled kind or oatmeal (not quik type) but keep the amount of brown rice as primary ingred. I do 1 cup rice to 1/2 of barley.
I use organic short grain brown rice as it poofs better & absorbs the milk than long grain which remains like little bullets! HA!

Hope you fed that "dirt" to your dogs- they love it! er...brown rice that tastes like dirt that is!

try again..

AnnMarie Kneebone said...

Site Meter?

Alison B said...

Could I get you to try just a plain rice pudding recipe? I'm having great success in my 6 quarter with this:

2 cups short or medium grain white rice
12 cups milk
vanilla extract to taste (we've even used real vanilla beans - YUM!)
about 1 c. sugar -could use less
big pinch salt.

4-5 hours on low.

YUM. Serve warm or (better) cold with half and half & cinnamon.

Artie said...

Quinoa has something on it called saponin (I believe that's how it's spelled...too lazy to look up the correct spelling at the moment). You have to rinse it really well. The way I do it is I fill a bowl with warm water, add the quinoa, and swish it around a bit. Then drain it into a fine mesh sieve. Keep swishing in warm water until the water is pretty clear. It can take anywhere from 1-5 or 6 times. Once the saponin is rinsed off, most of that "bitter" taste will be gone.

Without rinsing, it will definitely taste like dirt though. I found a really yummy breakfast quinoa recipe in Vegetarian Times that I make in my rice cooker. It's a spiced quinoa with dried cranberries.

Wishing you better luck next time!

Mary Ellen said...

Did you rinse the quinoa? Very important step, you know.

grant said...

The best breakfast still remains authentic scottish porridge:
About 6 cups water to 1 cup steel cut oats (in bulk or in packages as scots or irish oats... small and grainy, not like oatmeal)...
and low overnight... or high for
2 hours with stirring... or high for an hour then down to low for 5-6 hours.

Anonymous said...

wonder if you could have used it as part of an oatmeal cookie recipe instead of throwing it away. Looked good enough to eat! :o)

Elizabeth said...

ha! This post is hilarious! I just ran across this blog tonight when I was looking for ways to make yogurt without a "yogurt maker". Thanks for all the info on this blog! Looking forward to reading more when I have more time!

Roanne said...

Maybe you should try it with millet instead.

Serenity said...

I wash AND soak the quiona for like 5 minutes.

I'm going to try this - except in my rice cooker. It sounds good. I'm going to add some cinnamon and cut out the white sugar. Hmmm ... this blog always has me thinking!

Without this Web site, my creativity would have died out long ago and I'd still be eating nothing but rice, so thank you!

janel said...

I love, love, love that you have "other flops" listed at the bottom of this post. You are so funny, and this blog is always a delightful resource!

Sarah W said...

My favorite crockpot rice pudding recipe for breakfast: 2 C brown rice, 3-3 1/2 C water, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 eggs, several splashes of maple syrup, dot with butter, and a handful of raisins to taste, cooked on low overnight.

Henriƫtte said...

Just ate Barley pudding with prunes. 400 grams whole Barley 5 times as much water and 800 grams prunes. Salt and a stick of cinnamon.Rinse Barley until water is clear.. Put all ingredients in slow cooker overnight on low. Enough portions for 12 persons. I am going to freeze what 's left.
Eat with honey and fresh tangerine or other fruit. It was good.

zisme123 said...

holy crap that is awesome. posting everything perfect for me to try but then saying BUT DONT DO IT...because it sucks. THANK you so much. too many recipes say they are awesome for whole grains and they taste like dirt big hugs

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