Easy Rice Pilaf Recipe

Rice is one of the most versatile ingredients because you can have it plain boiled, steamed, fried or even baked. I love it so much that I have it at least twice a week from brown rice to sticky rice.
Sometimes you may be craving a seasoned rice but don’t want to do all the work that comes with cooking fried rice. Making a rice Pilaf is the best way to make plain rice more interesting without the added hassle.

1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cubanelle pepper chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
olive oil
1 tsp butter

– Heat skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter.
– Cook onions, garlic and pepper for about 2 minutes until onions are translucent.
–  Add rice to onion mix and cook for about 3 minutes until rice is slightly toasted and coated in oil. This step is important as it gives the rice its nutty flavor.
–  Pour chicken broth, reduce heat, cover pot and cook rice for about 15 minutes or until rice is soft and broth is completely absorbed.
– Rice Pilaf is great served with fish and it is also good with any protein like grilled chicken, steak etc.

Cilantro Lime Rice recipe

I recently decided to try some food from the restaurant Chipotle and I was pretty impressed that this semi fast food joint was able to deliver on its promise of tasty food. I also love that they use fresh and organically farmed ingredients, a plus in my book.
I ordered the burrito bowl with grilled chicken, fajitas, black beans, salsa and guacamole. I loved the cilantro lime rice they served it with so much that I decided to try it out at home. The results were pure deliciousness. See below for my interpretation of the recipe.

1 cup Basmati rice rinsed
1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup water
2 green onions
2 cloves garlic
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves
juice from 1/2 a lime
Virgin Coconut oil 
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper


– Place washed rice in a rice cooker with a little salt, 1 tsp coconut oil and mix to make sure rice is coated in coconut oil.
– Pour water and broth in the rice, cover and turn on rice cooker.
– Meanwhile puree herbs, green onions and garlic in a food processor then add olive oil, lime juice and set aside.
– Add herb mixture to rice right before serving. Adding it too early will cook the herbs and they will turn brown.

Serve with your favorite grilled meat or veggies. I served mine with grilled shrimp, black beans and a avocado salsa.  
What is your favorite restaurant inspired dish? 

Meatless Monday: Rice and Cauliflower Gratin

It’s Meatless Monday and I am excited about today’s rice and cauliflower gratin recipe. I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs The Sprouted Kitchen and I am in love. This recipe is very simple and absolutely yummy. The main ingredients you will need are rice, cauliflower, cheese and milk. The dish is great by itself however I served mine with black bean patties and a tomato avocado salsa. 

2 cups rice ( I used Trader Joe’s basmati and wild rice mix)
1 head cauliflower cut into small pieces
2 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp flour
1 medium onion chopped
2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
3 large cloves garlic
1 tsp dried Italian herb
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
freshly ground pepper and salt

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook rice. When rice is cooked set aside to cool then flash boil cauliflower for 4 minutes making sure it is is not overcooked. Add the cooked cauliflower to rice and mix gently.
– Melt butter in a hot saucepan then add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.
– Add flour to onion mix, cook for a minute and add milk. Reduce heat to medium and continue stirring until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add cheese, 1/2 the parsley, nutmeg, Italian herb and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour sauce into rice mixture. 
– Add salt and pepper to your liking then place mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle some more cheese on the top and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and cook for another 5 minutes until golden brown.
– Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining parsley on the top. Serve warm.
Rice and cauliflower casserole
This is one of my favorite rice dishes, I would love to know your favorite rice dish ?

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