Friday, July 6, 2012

Green Rice

This is as healthy of a side dish as your going to find. I'll admit sometimes something this green with a title "healthy" does not always sound like the best tasting food, but in this case its both nutritious and very tasty. You can combine spinach and any leafy herbs to satisfy your palate.

This dish is packed FULL of all things good for you. Brown rice provides fiber, a good source of Manganese and Selenium and can help lower cholestrol. Spinach is also high in fiber, iron, Manganese, Folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and the list goes on and on.

This side comes together in no time and compliments many different dishes. I added in some cilantro and served it with mexican spiced fish. You can add whatever leafy herbs you enjoy. Try adding in basil and parsely to compliment an Italian style meal.

Green Rice
Serves 4

2 cups cooked brown rice (Cook the rice in vegetable or chicken stock for added flavor)
1 (6oz) package of fresh baby spinach
1 handful of fresh basil
2-4 tbsp of cilantro or pasley
Salt and pepper-to taste
Juice of 1 lemon

1. Prepare the rice according to instructions on box using, salted water, chicken or vegetable stock.

2. White the rice is cooking, in a food processor, add in spinach, basil and any other herbs. Pulse until finely chopped (into almost a paste).

3. When the rice is done cooking, strain any liquid and place rice into a serving bowl. Mix in spinach/herb mixture. Season rice with salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the rice mixture and stir until combine. Serve warm. 

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