|Side dish, snack.. or sometimes this is dinner, but really what more could you want?|
A while back I caught a recipe on the food network about using other liquids when making rice... and really, why do people seem to think you can only use water in rice? Sometimes I use veggie broth, but never thought about juice. Brilliant idea!
This dish goes really well with all things bbq. I paired it with sauteed collard greens and BBQ tofu. I also paired the leftovers with a veggie burger. It is a really easy way to change up your day-to-day meals without having to go shopping for new ingredients.
- 1 cup of brown rice, rinsed
- 2 cups apple juice (or you can do half and half, liquid needs to be 2 cups total)
- 1 apple, cored, peeled and diced into 1" dice (I used gala apple, but any kind should be good)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 cinnamon stick
Rinse the rice and add it to a pot with the liquid, apple, salt, butter and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Cover and bring it back down to a simmer and cook for 40 - 50 minutes or until liquid is all absorbed. Let it sit 5 minutes or so until ready to serve. Remove the cinnamon stick prior to serving. Garnish with fresh herbs if you have any on hand.
|I always add the water last and try to toast the grain a bit before cooking.|
Not necessary though
|45 minutes later and I have dinner. |
Paired here with salt and pepper tofu and collard greens
You can also sub the rice for other grains. I made a pineapple quinoa before and it was good. Couscous and white rice would be great substitutions as well. I may try couscous next. You will have to cook the fruit separately for couscous though since it is basically instantly cooked.