Awesome & EASY Slow Cooking Rice with Minerva Dairy!

Did you know that January is National Slow Cooking Month? I’m a pretty big fan of the slow cooker, and I use mine often! So when the folks at Minerva Dairy sent me some of their yummy butter and asked me to use it in a slow cooker recipe, I decided that their butter really needed to be the star of the dish! 

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The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!

With that said…on to the recipe!


I like cooking rice in my slow cooker. Have you ever tried it that way? I feel like, when I’m making a meal that utilizes rice as a side, I’m already using my stove and my microwave and my steamer for other things. Somehow it’s hard to get rice done in there, too, so I normally throw mine in the slow cooker. The result leaves me with two layers of rice: one that is almost the texture of risotto (which I love) and one that is a bit more firm (which my husband loves)! Both have an almost “sticky rice” consistency, but I can’t get those two combinations anywhere else but my slow cooker.

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When Tummies are Upset…think BRAT!

This past weekend I had a nasty spell with my Celiac’s Disease. If you’re not familiar with that, Celiac’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder (in which your immune system attacks itself instead of whatever is coming against it) and a severe allergy to wheat gluten. I’ll do a series on this in the future, but, for now, suffice it to say that if I accidentally get any wheat gluten in my system, the results are not pretty. Ever had food poisoning? Yeah. This is about twice as bad.

Anyways, normally I’m fine, except maybe a little spell here and there…but this one started last Friday and took me down for the count! And the pain was worse than I remember it being before. (I’m actually STILL in some pain today!) But at some point, you have to try to eat again so you can gain some strength back, and when I tried to eat, I couldn’t even finish a cheese stick. (Maybe not the BEST thing for me to eat, true, but it was what I had on hand that was small!)

Sunday and Monday, it didn’t matter what I put in my stomach…the pain was pretty much unbearable. There’s no point in eating if it’s gonna hurt that bad. And then, I remembered…

When I was little and I would have an upset stomach for anything, my mom always put me on the BRAT diet for a day or two. (No, not because I was sick and being a brat! HA!) The BRAT diet is simply a bland diet that consists of foods low in fiber.

BRAT is…

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Yep, BRAT = Bananas, Rice, Applesauce & Toast!

Some have also modified this diet, calling it BRATT (with tea), BRATTY (with tea and yogurt), or BRATCH (with boiled chicken). Sometimes the “T” also stands for tapioca!

I need to throw a “G” in mine somewhere, because one of the only things I can drink and stay hydrated with when I’m sick is Gatorade. How would that work? BRATG? BRAGT? GRABT? I don’t know…but you get the idea!

I already had the rice, but I grabbed some applesauce, gluten-free bread, bananas and Gatorade, and voila! The difference in how my stomach reacted to the BRAT diet was like night and day, thank goodness! And I wonder, why did I not remember this BEFORE?!

But when people saw me eating, they were wondering what on earth I was eating? It was then that I discovered that no everyone was familiar with the BRAT diet, so I thought I’d share it with you!

Have you tried it? Pros and cons? What is your go-to diet when your stomach is upset?