The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook: 125 Delicious Recipes from Amaranth to Quinoa to Wild Rice has over 4o recipes that are vegan or have vegan variations, and many more that are vegetarian friendly. But that isn’t what makes the book, rather the whole grains section on how to buy, store and cook the grains is what makes the book worth it (the recipes are wonderful as well). Job’s Tears? I had not heard of it before. And now I am trying to source it. Fascinating! I find anytime I read about a new ingredient, I am still awed that there is still so much to learn about food.
In the end, I picked a recipe that while simple, had a lovely layer of flavors, more complex than you might think it would have. I suppose the boys were not excited to see a platter of spinach served on top of creamy rice, but oh, to me? It was heavenly comfort food. I followed the directions, but used vegetable broth. The dusting of cheese can be left off and the rice will be vegan.
Oh, and this meal? Even more divine the day after, mixed together. Umm…it will become a regular. And a new way to use brown sticky rice? Wonderful.
Italian-Style Green Rice, Page 172
- 1 cup short-grain brown rice (sticky rice)
- 1¼ cups water, divided
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 8 to 16 ounces fresh spinach (see notes)
- Sea salt and ground black pepper
- 2 green onions, white part only, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a small mixing bowl, combine rice and 1 cup of the water. Stir well. Cover and set aside for at least 3 hours. Drain, reserving liquid.
In a heavy medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine broth and reserved soaking water. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Remove lid, stir well and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
When rice is almost cooked, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add in spinach leaves and the remaining ¼ cup water, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a cutting board and chop finely.
Spread cooked rice over a large plate or platter, arrange spinach on top. Drizzle olive oil over, sprinkle on the cheese and onions.
Fresh spinach isn’t cheap now, at least on the West Coast. There was a huge crop failure a few weeks back. That means even non-organic is selling for $4.50 to 5 a pound. Ouch. And for me, 8 ounces is plenty. I like spinach, but too much can be over powering, so I went with 8 ounces. That was perfect, to me. Creamy rice, with the bite of greens.
FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy.