Brown Rice as a Side

A healthy, gluten free side dish suitable for any meal! Keep in mind even though brown rice is very healthy, one serving of grains per meal is only 1/2 cup so it is very easy to overeat and lead to weight gain. You can easily bulk this serving up by adding cauliflower rice in the last 5-8 minutes of cooking the rice, just add about 1/8 cup of additional broth or water as well. This will significantly increase the fibre and nutrient value of your meal without you even noticing!

1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup of organic chopped celery
3 tbsp olive oil
2 ½ cups long (medium or short will do just adjust cooking time) grain organic brown rice, uncooked
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups organic reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
REAL salt and pepper to taste

In large saucepan saute onion and celery in oil until tender. (power level 4.5)

Add rice and garlic; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until rice is lightly browned.

Add broth, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer (power setting 4) for 35-40 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff with fork.

YUM.

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t like cauliflower, it’s versatility makes it a possible addition to practically any dish and being part of the cruciferous vegetable family it’s health benefits exceptional.

This is an extremely simple side dish that you can add to any plate, but if you need an extra kick of flavour try adding parmesan cheese in the last 5 mins of roasting. Personally I find the extra saturated fat isn’t necessary for this recipe, roasting the cauliflower with the onion, garlic and herbs gives it the kick I need.

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower
1/2 sliced medium white or yellow onion
4 unpeeled garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp REAL sea salt
A few thyme sprigs
Ground black pepper to taste
1/8 cup of organic grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Roast @ 425F until almost tender, about 20 minutes. Toss and roast for an additional 10-15 mins, and serve hot.

Tip: Do you have some leftover? Chop the remaining and add it to some cooked brown rice to bulk up that side dish!