Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mushroom Brown Rice Pilaf

Brown rice is such a great side dish but sometimes it needs some extra love to make it delicious. We have been having plain brown rice with dinner quite often lately and I decided it needed some spicing up tonight. So, I whipped up this delicious brown rice pilaf.


2 medium onions, chopped
1 pound white mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons organic fed butter
2 teaspoons garlic cloves, minced
½ cup white wine
2 cups brown rice
4 cups chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Using a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot with tight fitting lid, over medium/high heat, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter. Add onions and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes. Then add sliced mushrooms and cook until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are lightly golden about 8 to 10 minutes. Add in 2 pressed garlic cloves and stir for 1 minute.

Add ½ cup white wine and cook until mostly evaporated this should take 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the rice then add 4 cups broth, and a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is fully cooked through and liquid absorbed about 45 minutes. Give the rice a quick stir and serve garnished with dill or parsley.

This is a great side dish to add to any meal. I have made this before and added in more veggies such as celery and carrots. Yum!!
Brown rice has actually been called “The World’s Healthiest Food.” The difference between white rice and brown rice is that brown rice is produced by removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel.The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.
Brown rice is packed full of very important vitamins and minerals as depicted above in the chart.

Eating brown rice can help you produce energy, loss weight, lower cholesterol, protects against heart disease, lower diabetes risk and help to get more fiber into your diet. The benefits of brown rice are amazing. It is a cheap and very versatile food to work with.


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