Thursday, February 24, 2011

Finally getting the hang of cooking this way!

So week one was a week of experimenting and trying out new methods of cooking, and I am really getting the hang of it!  Now I am starting to feel confident enough to start making some new dishes.

Earlier this week we had a great rice dish for dinner.  I didn't write down the recipe, but I am pretty sure I remember everthing I put in it.

Mediterranean Brown Rice

Mediterranean Brown Rice
Makes 2 main dishes

About 2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
About 4 sundried tomatoes (NOT packed in oil), chopped
About 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
About 1/2 cup of low sodium vegetable broth (or water)
About 2 big handfulls of spinach
The juice of 1 lemon
About 10 leaves of fresh basil, chiffonade
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
A sprinkling of pine nuts

Prepare rice and set aside.
In a shallow pan add asparagus, sundried tomatoes, garlic, and vegetable broth.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat until asparagus is bright green and tender.
Add in spinach and toss to wilt.
Remove from heat.
Toss with rice.
Squeeze in lemon juice, toss to coat.
Add basil chiffonade, toss again.
Add pepper to taste, and garnish with pine nuts.


  1. yum... this is going on the meal plan for next week

  2. this looks awesome joni!

  3. This looks delicious! What a great way to use up our leftover brown rice from last night's sushi bowls.

  4. That looks super yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. I made this tonight. It's a nice, light tasting dish perfect for Spring.

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