Monday, 7 July 2014

Creamy Vegetable Rice


I've managed to eliminate another packaged, processed item from my kitchen cupboards.  Sorry Uncle Ben, we're finished.


I have my new favourite taco seasoning, and my easy homemade vanilla coffee creamer.  And now this creamy vegetable rice dish.  It is as good as those convenient store bought packages, and almost as easy to make.  I had this ready in the amount of time it took to bake some chicken and boil some corn on the cob.  Some chopping, some stirring, some simmering, et voila!  A side dish made from real, easily pronounceable ingredients, that's tasty enough to have the kids looking for seconds.

Start with some chopped veggies.


Spices, sauteed vegetables, and the beginnings of the creamy sauce.  These pictures aren't great.  We were having a wild thunderstorm and it was as dark as night outside.


Red peppers are added near the end.


Cooked rice is stirred in.


And dinner is ready.



Creamy Vegetable Rice

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked rice
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium sized carrot, finely diced
2 celery ribs, finely diced
1/2 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 red pepper, diced
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk (I used half milk and half cream)
1 tablespoon dried parsley

Cook your rice according to the package directions.

In a large pan, melt butter and oil together and saute vegetables until softened, 5-7 minutes.  It's OK to add a little more butter to the pan if it seems to get dry.  Add minced garlic and sprinkle flour over vegetables.  Stir until flour is absorbed, then gradually pour in chicken broth, then milk, continuing to stir to prevent lumps as it thickens.  Stir in salt, pepper, dried parsley, red pepper, and simmer for five minutes, stirring constantly.  Add cooked rice, stir to combine, and allow to simmer for a couple more minutes.  The sauce will continue to thicken so add more milk if necessary.

This will serve four as a side dish.  Or two teenage boys shovelling straight from the pan.




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30 comments:

  1. This looks delicious. It is always great to remove the processed rubbish that fills our cupboards and replace with fresh, healthy foods. Thanks for sharing. x

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  2. It will feed TWO teenage boys? Wow, it makes a lot!

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  3. Funny how you give the serving size by teenage boys...we all know they can eat a LOT. This looks yummy and would go good with so many dishes!

    Pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is my ideal dinner all by itself! ;) I love your measurements...so that mean I'll make one for my husband and son and one for the rest of us, Lol. Def will try! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

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  5. Oh, looks delicious and creamy. Perfect for a winter's night!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  6. Holy jesus, that looks so so so good! I've been using rice a roni again to make flavored rice, but this just looks spectacular, ima try it! Stopping by from the blog hop and happy to be your newest follower!

    tatteredtotaylored.com

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  7. Stopping over from Tuesdays with a Twist. This looks so yummy! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. Live Inspired, Kristin

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  8. I am here from Wonderful Wednesday and I love this recipe!

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  9. Hey Jenn! Seriously.... you always have the best recipes here lady! And with the fresh veggies in this dish...I am all OVER this! Thank you so much for sharing this one as I now know what I am making for dinner tomorrow! Happy week to you!!! Nicole xoxo

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  10. The only thing that could possibly make this recipe better would be to add cheese. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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  11. Looks great! I'm always looking for ways to replace processed foods with fresher, homemade dishes. Love it. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  12. That sounds fantastic. We eat rice a lot, much to my husband's dismay. He might like this because it has some extra flavor to it. I hate buying prepackaged foods too. Stopping by from Project Pin-it. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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  13. I wonder how well this would cook up with Almond or soy milk for us non-dairy folks! Thanks so much for linking up to the Merry Monday Link Party! We hope you'll join us next week! -Treana @ houseofbennetts.com

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  14. This delicious rice recipe was one of our readers favourite links at this week's Marvelous Monday linky and it will be featured next week :-)

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  15. This is a perfect comfort meal! Creamy and delicious! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned on our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

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  16. Thank you for sharing this delicious Creamy Vegetable Rice recipe with Foodie Friends Friday Party this week. I don't think Uncle Ben's would mind - your recipe sounds awesome. I've pinned and shared.

    We hope to see you again soon with another delicious recipe.
    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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  17. This looks so good! Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  18. This looks so yummy! Definitely going to have to try this soon. :)

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  19. Looks like a great way to get more veggies into my kids. Thanks for sharing your rice with us on foodie friday.

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  20. Mmmm this really looks YUMMY!!!! Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

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  21. I love that - "Willl serve 4 as a side dish. Or 2 teenage boys shovelling it straight from the pan" :-) I can see why this recipe was so popular in your house - it looks absolutely delicious. I love rice dishes made from scratch. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  22. I love the idea of ridding my cabinets of one less processed item. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/07/try-new-recipe-tuesday-july-15.html

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  24. Vegetarians like myself always appreciate a good rice/veggie dish! This looks so simple and I have all the ingredients on hand- win!!

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  25. Yum! Looks great! Thanks for sharing your post on my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!

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  26. Oh I like the looks of this recipe! I would be so happy to give up a box for something without all the yuck included! This will be tested here quick as I just used my last uncle ben's last night! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing with the Let's Get Real Party.

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  28. Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  29. I could make a meal out of this rice! Anything with creamy in the title always gets my attention. Thank you for sharing Jenn.

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