Nutty Rice Porridge

For last night’s dinner (Day 3 of “How to Eat Healthy on $5.00 a Day”), I made  Cuban Black Beans with brown rice and purposefully made extra rice so Bill and I could enjoy it for breakfast. I love this recipe that I found at and use it as a way to ease back into eating after my annual winter detox regimen.

Normally, I’d make this with the almond milk but since our rice was already cooked, I just reheated it in a pan with some raw milk and added the spices and apples. We skipped the walnuts and flaxseed due to cost, since this is our breakfast for Day 4 of our eating cheap and healthy challenge.

Nutty Rice Porridge
Adapted from Brenda Watson’s recipe on
(Serves 2)

1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 cups almond milk
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
4 T ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 Fuji apple, chopped (Fuji apples are best for their texture and sweet taste, but you can choose another type of apple)

Place rice, milk, and nutmeg in medium saucepan.

Bring to boil, stirring frequently.

Cover pan and reduce heat to low.

Simmer for approximately 45 minutes.

Top with chopped nuts, ground flaxseed, and apple.

To make this recipe with pre-cooked rice, use 2 cups of cooked brown rice and one cup of almond milk. Place rice and milk in saucepan and heat thoroughly. Top with the rest of the ingredients.


5 responses to “Nutty Rice Porridge

  1. One more day…hope you’re not too hungry.
    You’ve come up with some really creative solutions, but I’m kinda surprised at how limited one is on $5/day. Factoring in allergies makes it even tougher. You really have to think about every meal.

    Kudos in advance.

    • I’m hungry! And I think the extra brain power of doing math is making it worse! 🙂 Yes, to accommodate allergies, there’s another angle that must be taken into consideration. Plus, with my stubbornness about only eating happy meat, we can’t shop the grocery store for cuts on sale. You should check out fellow blogger K over at If you don’t have the restrictions Bill and I have built into our menus, she’s got some great ideas for eating cheap! As always, thanks for your support, Kate!

  2. Marcia,
    Our food is not quite as healthy as yours, because we don’t restrict ourselves to organic or happy animal products or have to deal with food allergies, but compared to many people I think we eat quite healthily (cook from scratch, have a small garden in summer, eat lots of veggies and fruits, whole grains, and small meat portions). So I was pleased to find that we have averaged around $4.00 per person per day for food for the last two years. I use software to track our expenses and included what we spent on dining out and groceries in my calculations. So without your restrictions, I’d say it is very possible to eat well for under $5 per person per day.

    • Great info, Judith. Thanks for sharing it, and for your support. Through my blog series this week, I became connected with another blogger who is aiming to spend no more than $35 per week. You might want to check out her blog at She has some fabulous recipes. Like you, she’s not restricted by the ingredients. It’s encouraging to learn what others are doing. Thanks for stopping by!

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