Merry Christmas to all! I love to share my healthy and tasty recipes with you guys… but for Christmas, I’ll pass along a naughty and nice (aka: healthy & not-so-healthy) recipe. I found this delicious rice recipe on finecooking.com. This may be the only time I pass along a white rice-based recipe to you, but ’tis the season. May your family enjoy this dish as much as mine does!
From Fine Cooking 35, pp. 42-45
ARROZ VERDE (Green Rice)
1/2 c. tightly packed fresh cilantro
1 c. tightly packed fresh spinach leaves
1 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 c. milk (I use non-fat)
1 t. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
3 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. long-grain white rice
1/2 c. finely minced onion (I use white)
1 clove glarlic (I use more)
Put the cilantro, spinach, and broth in a blender and blend until the vegetables are puréed. Add the milk and salt and blend a bit more until well combined.
In a medium (3-qt.) heavy-based saucepan (with a good lid) over medium heat, heat the olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add the rice and sauté, stirring about every 30 seconds, until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the contents of the blender, stir well, turn the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, turn the heat to very low, and cook for 20 minutes. Stir the rice carefully to avoid crushing it, cover, and cook another 5 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and let the rice steam in the covered pot for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 210; Fat (g): 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): 30; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 320; Cholesterol (mg): 15; Fiber (g): 1;