Monday, April 18, 2011

Absolutely Amazing Brown Rice with Yummy Stuff in It

Brown rice is one of those battles at my house. I buy it almost exclusively - because it has higher nutritive value, more fibre, and I like the nuttiness of it. But Robbie? As soon as I start to make a curry for dinner he's asking 'can we please have basmati?'

Well, this is my compromise ... of sorts. I mean - it's not really a compromise ... because it's still brown rice (so, I win! Ha!) It's more of a jazzing up of brown rice. Jazzing up to the point that Robbie has seconds of it ... and thirds ...

(and for that matter, so does Nelle)

Absolutely Amazing Brown Rice 
with Yummy Stuff in It
serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side

The time
15 min if you're starting with cooked rice; 1 hr if not

The ingredients
3/4 c pumpkin seeds or pepitas
50 g butter
1 large onion, minced
1 tsp sea salt
3 c cooked brown rice*
1/2 c raisins

NOTE: Feel free to substitute away here! 
Instead of rice? Try couscous or quinoa.
Instead of pumpkin seeds? Try a mix of chopped, dry roasted nuts and seeds - whichever you like best.
Instead of raisins? Try currants, or dried cranberries.

*If you haven't already got rice prepared, allow yourself time to make it! The standard ratio to get you enough brown rice here is 1.5 c brown rice: 3 c water. 

**As always, try to use organic ingredients when you can.

The process
1. Dry roast* the seeds in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat, until they start to pop and brown. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. *dry roast just means without oil

2. Using the same pan, saute the onion in the butter - again over medium heat - until it's soft and golden. 

3. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the rice and the seeds, to the onion and mix completely. Add more salt to taste. 

4. Serve up with curries, tagines, or all on its own!

The cost
My organic rice + yummy stuff cost less than $1 per serve (as a main).

So I guess it goes to show that if you can't beat 'em? 
Add butter.

Amanda xx 


Paula said... [Reply to comment]

This does look good! Love the photo of Nelle's fingers picking out(raisins or seeds) with her bracelets dangling from her pudgy little wrist.

Winnie said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome blog you have here! The recipe looks great and the title is perfect :)

Cacau said... [Reply to comment]

I love brown rice! And I eat it as a substitute for boxed cereal with yogurt and bananas and honey and cinnamon and raisins whohoo! hehehe So good. I love it's nutty flavor ;)
You should try sometime!

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Paula I know! I'll miss her little wrist rolls when she grows out of them. And her chubby cheeks. (sigh)

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Winnie Thanks Winnie! Your blog is gorgeous, too ... thanks for commenting so I could find you!

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Cacau Oh yes, will have to give that a try. With coffee, of course.

Marly said... [Reply to comment]

I love yummy stuff! And I love the pic of your daughter picking out the yummy stuff. Smart girl!

Where My Heart Is said... [Reply to comment]

How simple. I have to admit we love brown rice anyway but this will make it even yummier! Great photos. Nelle's a real cutie.

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