This rice is easy, healthy and delicious. It makes a great side for meat or seafood. Add veggies and meat to make it a meal.
4 cups cooked brown rice (cooked in chicken or vegetable broth in place of water, if desired)
1/2 cup pesto (purchase prepared pesto; or, to make your own go to www.theyummylife.com/recipes/7)
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
salt to taste
Cook brown rice according to package directions. For added flavor, substitute an equal amount of chicken broth for the amount of water normally used to cook the rice (or use vegetable broth for vegetarian version).
In a bowl, stir together rice, pesto and pine nuts. Add salt to taste. Serve.
Adjust the quantity to whatever amount of pilaf you want to make using this easy formula: For each cup of cooked rice, add 2 tablespoons of pesto, add 2 tablespoons pine nuts.
Other addition suggestions: --grilled or sauteed chopped or sliced vegetables (such as mushrooms, red bell peppers, onions, zucchini, peas, carrots) --grilled or sauteed sliced or chopped chicken --grilled or sauteed shrimp --a dash or two of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, to spice it up