Friday, April 13, 2012

Green Rice Pilaf

This is a great cleansing meal...filling and chock full of healthy goodness. You can always add some beans or meat to make it a heartier meal or serve it as a side. 

Green Rice Pilaf

3 cups diced veggies (I used mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, green onions, celery and carrot)
1 cup brown rice
3 1/2 cup water or stock
2 large handfuls of fresh herbs (I used parsley, cilantro and 1 green onion)
5 oz container of fresh spinach
4 cloves of garlic minced
juice from one lemon
1/3 cup toasted walnuts or pinenuts
olive oil

Dice up your veggies and mince your garlic, saving one clove for the greens
Cook rice according to directions using water or stock. I toasted my rice first.

 Place spinach, herbs, lemon juice, 1 tsp salt, and 1 garlic clove into a food processor
Add about 1/4 cup water or stock

 Drizzle in 2-3 T of oil while processing

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Throw in the veggies and garlic and saute for 10-15 minutes until tender.

 Once the rice is done, mix into the veggies and add the pureed herbs and greens. Cook on medium low until any excess liquid has cooked off.

Top with toasted nuts and grated lemon zest. Enjoy!

No comments: