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Healthy Brown Rice With Vegetables

Here is another very delicious way to enjoy brown rice.  The brown rice is baked and then added to a pan of green beans, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes.  This one pot meal is very easy to do and is both healthy and delicious.  The rice is baked prior to make sure it is done and soft and then added to the pan of cooked vegetables that are cooked with spices and chicken broth.  If you are a vegetarian, you can substitute vegetarian stock for the chicken stock. 

How to Make the Best Brown Rice

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup brown rice, rinsed well
  • 2 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • Salt and pepper
Simple Directions:

Just put the rice, water and seasonings in a baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake in a very hot oven of 450 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove the foil and fluff up with a fork slightly.

Vegetable Stew

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 pound of green beans, ends snipped off and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 large tomato, cut into small pieces
  • 3 large green onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium hot green pepper
  • 2 large carrots, cut into long 3 inch pieces
  • 2 large potatoes cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups of chicken broth 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
Directions:
  1. Place the oil in a large skillet and heat.  Add in the chopped green onions and saute slightly.  Add in the chopped tomatoes, garlic, green pepper, seasoning and chicken broth.
  2. Cook for a few minutes or until the chicken broth comes to a boil.  Add in the carrots, potatoes and green beans.
  3. Add enough water to cover the stew by a few inches. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to medium heat.  Cover the pan and cook until the green beans are done, but still have a slight crunch to them. 
  4. Remove most of the liquid except for around 2/3 cup and then add in the rice.  Mix well and taste to make sure the vegetables and rice do not need more seasoning.
  5. Cook until all the liquid is gone and all the flavors are mixed. Serve with a big dollop of yogurt on the side.