Sunday, August 4, 2013

Brown Rice Pilaf

Brown rice is one of the food items listed as "most recommended" during this cleanse. Plain ol' rice on it's own isn't very exciting, but when you do this to it, it turns into amazing.

I've been making versions of this pilaf for years. It's really quite versatile and you can use whatever you have hanging around in your fridge or whatever you're in the mood for. This is the basic recipe, which is very tasty in it's own right. 

Brown Rice Pilaf

2¾ cups water
2 tbsp. Earth Balance
1 yeast-free vegetable boullion cube* (Alternately, you can use 2¾ cups yeast-free, sugar-free vegetable broth)
freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, pressed
1¼ cups brown rice, rinsed
½ cup finely chopped carrots
½ slivered almonds, toasted
¼ chopped fresh parsley
2-3 green onions, sliced

In a large saucepan, bring water, Earth Balance, bouillion cube, salt, pepper and garlic to a full boil. Add rice, return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 

Stir in carrots and let continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes until rice is tender and broth has been absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients. Put lid back on the pot, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. 

Serves 6-8

*If you use a low sodium vegetable broth, you may need to add a bit of salt. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. 

1 comment:

  1. I love a good pilaf, especially baked in a pepper. ~Jenn