Brown Rice with Sauteed Peaches


Brown Rice with Sauteed Peaches

Brown rice is very tasty by itself but when you add an ingredient like sauteed dried peaches the flavor gets taken to a different level.  I served mine with some fantastic T-bone steaks and grilled zucchini.

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice

2 cups chicken stock

5 slices dried peaches, chopped

Olive oil

Directions:

Heat the chicken stock to a boil, add the brown rice, stir.  Cover the pan and bring back to a bowl.  Once boiling stir and reduce heat to a low simmer.

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the peaches and saute, constantly stirring.  Remove from the heat.

When the rice is almost done add the peaches and stir.  Remove to a serving bowl when rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.

 

Brown Rice with Figs and Golden Beets


Brown Rice with Figs and Golden Beets

The golden beets came from my garden and are slightly sweet and have a great texture.  I have to say that this dish is one of the tastiest dishes I have ever made.  This is one of those dishes that is created by looking in the fridge, pantry, garden and anywhere else you have food.  I really love how the dish came together.  The photo does not do it justice.

Ingredients:

2 golden beets

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup brown rice

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. olive oil

4 dried figs, chopped into small pieces

2 green onions, minced

1 handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Bake beets, wrapped in foil, in a 400 oven until they are tender.  Allow the beets to cool before peeling and chopping in small pieces.

Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan until it reaches boil.  Add the brown rice and stir.  Bring back to a boil, stir and reduce to simmer.  Cook covered until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is tender.  Season the rice with black pepper.

Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and figs and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft.

Combine the rice, beets, figs and onions in a serving bowl and top with the chopped cilantro

Burgers with Vegetables and Brown Rice


Burgers with Vegetables and Brown Rice

Yesterday, being Monday, I wanted to prepare an easy meal.  What is simpler that a grilled burger.  I did want to grill my burgers but to my surprise, sure, I was out of propane and really didn’t feel like going out to get any.  So, I cooked mine on the stove top.  I also know that I am using a lot of zucchini and yellow squash of late.  This is because this is what looks good at the store.  When the season changes I look forward to more variety.

Ingredients:

4 Burgers, I used 85% burger

1 cup Brown rice

2 cups Chicken stock

Olive oil

1 tbsp. Butter

1 Zucchini, chopped

1 Yellow squash, chopped

½ Shallot, chopped

2 Green onions, chopped

Salt and pepper

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan bring the chicken stock to a boil and then add the brown rice, reduce the heat to simmer and cover.  Rice is done when tender.

Grill the burgers to your desired temperature, season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tbsp. of oil and the butter in a skillet.  Add the shallot and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the zucchini and squash and cook until tender but not mushy.

To serve, place brown rice on the plate, place the vegetables on top of the rice and rest the burger on top of the rice and vegetables.  Top with green onion.