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Indian Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pinches ground gloves
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. Bring water and chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and cook until rice is tender (20-25 minutes).
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Cilantro Lime Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Rinse rice until water runs clear. Soak for 30 minutes in cold water, then rinse again.
  • Cook in rice cooker with water.
  • While rice is cooking, process cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and oil in a food processor until finely blended.
  • When rice is cooked, fluff and pour cilantro mixture over the top. Mix thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately!

“Asian” fish/chicken/steak packets

We love this recipe because it is a nice, simple, healthy, and great tasting dinner for any night!  The recipe works exactly the same whether you use a white fish filet (Tilapia, Cod, Haddock) or a thin sliced chicken breast.

There are many different ways to adjust this recipe, but the basic principle is the same… put cooked rice on the bottom, some vegetables in the middle, and your protein on top.  The topping is where you can have a lot of fun.  I personally love this sauce, but Rob has found a few pre-prepared sauces that he will substitute. He loves Teriyaki variants, which I just don’t.  But, that’s the great thing about this for dinner, I can have my sauce in my packet, he can have his sauce in his packet, and in the end… dinner is great!

Asian Fish/Chicken/Steak packets

2 Firm fish fillets, chicken cutlets, or steaks (5 to 6 oz each) e.g., tuna

1 Cup cooked rice

2 Cups coarsely chopped spinach or other easily cooked green vegetable

The sauce (per packet):

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tsp grated ginger root
1 Garlic glove, minced or pressed
2 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp hot sauce
1 Tsp dark sesame or chili oil

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

Cook rice.
Preheat oven to 450

Take two 12X24 sheets of aluminum foil, and fold each sheet over to make a double think square. Brush a little oil on the center part of each square.

Spread half of the cooked rice on the center of each foil square. Layer greens, and protein on top of the rice.

For the sauce: In a small bowl combine the oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, and brown sugar.

Pour ½  of the prepared sauce over each serving. Or top each packet with your sauce of choice.

Fold the foil into airtight packets. Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully avoid the steam when opening the packets.

Spanish Rice

Our favorite spanish rice recipe. Easy and delicious, and, though this makes me cry a bit inside, not too tomatoey.

Spanish Rice

2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 medium onion, chopped
2 1/2 cups water
1, 8oz can tomato sauce
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 Tsp salt
3/4 Tsp chili powder
1/2 Tsp cumin
1/4 Tsp garlic powder

  • In a large pan heat vegetable oil over medium heat
  • Add rice and onion and heat until rice is lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally  for approximately 30 minutes until rice is tender.