Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro

I feel like one of the easiest side dishes for me to prepare with grilled chicken, fish, or pretty much anything is rice. We definitely eat our fair share of rice around here. :) But plain brown rice can get really boring, really fast and I feel like this coconut rice with cilantro is a nice way to mix it up. And it's so easy, the hardest part is remembering about an hour before dinner is getting it started. (Unless you use Trader Joe's 15 minute basmati brown rice... that stuff is genius and always comes in handy when I've lost track of time).

This dish has just a little hint of sweet, it's really not much, but it might surprise you that this is a sugar-free side dish. It's a great compliment to a spicy, savory entree.

Brown Coconut Rice with Cilantro
PREP: 5 minutes           COOK: 45 minutes            READY IN: 50 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice (I used long grain, but jasmine, basmati, or short grain would work too)
  • 1 1/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, diced


  1. In a medium pot, or a rice cooker, combine rice, coconut milk water, garlic, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover and simmer until all the liquid evaporates, about 45 minutes. (Or let the rice cooker do its thing for about 45 minutes.)
  3. Remove from heat, leaving it covered for a few minutes. Fluff with a fork and toss in the cilantro.


    1/2 cup serving    216 calories   5g fat   39.5g carbs    4.6g protein    0g sugar   


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