Brown rice is a staple in my home and I find myself making it at least once a week for side dishes and quick grain salads. But after awhile, plain brown rice can get boring and that's where this recipe comes into play. It's amazing how much a little garlic, fresh cilantro, and citrus juice can transform a sometimes boring side dish into something special.
Play around with the herbs, oil, and citrus juice to make all kinds of yummy combinations. Lemon and fresh thyme is delicious, substitute in sesame oil for the olive oil and add orange juice, or try a classic combination of lemon juice, parsley, and lots of fresh ground pepper.
Garlic Cilantro Brown Rice
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- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 U cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup onion, minced
- 1 cup medium grain brown rice (or short grain)
- 2.25 cups water (or broth)
- 1/4 cup cilantro (or more)
- Salt and pepper
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Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cover.
Cook for around 35 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in cilantro and lemon/lime juice if using. Season with salt and pepper.
I normally get around 4 cups of cooked rice per 1 cup dry rice but this can vary depending on the rice you use.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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