I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter so far. I know there are many lucky ones who enjoy summer weather all year long, but that is not the case here in Utah. Up on our snowy mountain we have been lucky lately to hit 20 degree weather. So, between staying warm and healthy, this Asparagus Basil & Rice Soup does both and is as delicious as it gets!! I started my recipe by soaking a cup of brown rice overnight in 3 cups of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Drain and rinse rice before using in your soup.
Soaking your grains makes them healthier
Soaking rice is not as important as soaking other grains, but the texture that soaking produces is much nicer. The texture is more like white rice, and it becomes a more digestible grain. The brown rice ‘flavor’ is a little less strong as well. Research shows that, unlike white rice, brown rice still contains some of the germ or growth structure that actually resumes activity after soaking in water for 24 hours. This revitalization is helpful in normalizing metabolism when consumed. Soaking brown rice also provides more vitamins and minerals than unsoaked brown rice or white rice. And keep in mind that the fiber in brown rice, soaked or not, contributes to a healthy diet. The apple cider vinegar helps in the soaking process.
After draining and rinsing your rice, put in a large soup pot with 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes with the lid on. This becomes rice porridge.
Now round up all your ingredients and prepare them. I hope you enjoy this delicious and healthful soup your entire family will love. Not only will it warm you up, but will strengthen and support your healthy body.