Broccoli Brown Rice

Broccoli Brown Rice
4 servings
Can be doubled| Can be halved| Makes great leftovers

I love the chewy texture and slightly nutty taste of brown rice, but it’s been a challenge to get Mahir to eat it. He claims it has no taste, but it was this dish which changed his very strong opinion.  One day, we were having grilled halibut for dinner garnished only with lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper, and I wanted an interesting side to balance out the simple entree. I asked Tess to help out, and she invented his tasty dish. We were out of white rice so I was planning on giving Mahir a roll as his starch, but when he looked at what I was about to eat and what Meenakshi had already enjoyed, he was tempted enough to give it a try. He’s glad he did because he liked it enough to request it again and again- brown rice and all. He still won’t eat it plain, but as long as I can keep feeding him this version, I won’t complain!     ~Shivani

Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked brown rice
1 to 2 heads of broccoli
1 bunch of thinly sliced scallions
1 small red pepper cut into thin slices
1 small orange pepper cut into thin slices
1 teaspoon of oil
1 tablespoon of finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 handful of chopped cilantro (optional)

Instructions:

Prepare rice according to package instructions

Cook broccoli in a pot of boiling water for one to two minutes (it should still be a little crunchy)

Head oil in a large pan on medium heat and fry garlic and scallion for two minutes or until the scallions are just soft

Add in rice and paprika

Add in peppers and cook for two to three minutes or until they are slightly soft but still crunchy

Add in broccoli, and season with salt and pepper.

Mix in cilantro with all the other ingredients and enjoy

Serving Suggestions:

This rice is a perfect side dish for just about any entree including grilled or broiled fish and tofu or chicken marinated with ginger, low sodium soy sauce, garlic and red pepper flakes. Or, make it a one dish meal by adding in tofu or chicken cubes or topping with a fried egg.

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