Comfort food… it’s different for everyone. This rice was one of the first dishes my grandma taught me how to make when I was first cooking. The smell reminds me of her, and it is one of the most comforting foods I can think of. During this time with my family, I have found that cooking and food is bringing us together and is one of the only things keeping me together in this time of loss. I made this version of my grandma’s brown rice, and of course had to put my healthy spin on it. I added a bunch of veggies and chicken to this but my favorite way to eat it is plain.
2 cups basmati white rice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups bone broth or veggie broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
juice of 1 lemon
2 zucchini, cut into ½ moons, roasted
2 cups chopped raw kale
2 cups carrots, chopped and roasted
4 cooked chicken breasts, diced
- Put a large pot over high heat and add the olive oil.
- Add the rice and stir constantly for about 5 minutes allowing the rice to brown.
- Add the water and broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat to add all the rest of the ingredients, then put the heat back on and cook to incorporate the flavors for another 5 minutes.
I love topping this with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some parmesan.
I hope it brings you as much comfort as it does me and my family. Enjoy!