I know several people who say if they didn’t have to, they would never eat another vegetable again in their lives.
It’s a concept that’s hard for a vegetable lover like myself to understand. I’m one of those weird people that orders a veggie omelet for breakfast at the local restaurant, while everyone else requests ham and cheese. I can even skip the cheese. I’m happy with the eggs, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, etc., etc. You get the idea.
For those of you that are in the veggie hater category, hiding vegetables in your food is my only option. This rice side dish is a perfect example of what you can expect if you come to my house for dinner. Small pieces of broccoli florets are interspersed amongst a nutty rice, and sprinkled with chives and cilantro.
You’ll be so happy with the rice, that you’ll never notice you’re eating a green vegetable!
- 1 cup Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley, any wild rice combination
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
- ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
- ½ cup chives, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1. Bring water or broth to boiling in a rice cooker, or medium pan.
- 2. Reduce heat and cook for 20 - 30 minutes until liquid evaporates and rice is cooked.
- 3. Add remaining ingredients and cook for another 3 - 4 minutes.
- 4. Remove from heat and set aside. Allow broccoli to continue to cook off the heat for 5 minutes.
- 5. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, and a powerhouse of nutrition. Vitamins C, K, A, folate, fiber, manganese, tryptophan and potassium help the body fight bladder, ovarian and prostate cancer. Broccoli is good for detoxification and stomach health; as well as cardiac and vision health. Wow!
Brown rice is high in manganese, selenium, magnesium and tryptophan. You need manganese for healthy nerves and blood sugar regulation. Selenium assists our immune systems and supports the prostate gland.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 0.33g
Total Carbs: 21.27g
Dietary Fiber: 2.33g
Weight Watchers Points 2