Saturday, May 2, 2009

Island Rice

Rice can grow a little boring, but this soul-food style side dish adds dried pineapple to make a great variation on a standard side dish.

Bring 2 and 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice (such as basmati), 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple, 2 teaspoons vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), 1/2 tsp. grated lime rind, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

For the dried pineapple, I bought an un-sugared variety, which I figured would be much healthier, even though the sugared dried pineapple was organic and most likely vegan.

Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon chopped green onion and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice.

You'll have 6 side servings of 1/2 cup and 180 calories.

long-grain rice $1.67
dried pineapple $6.62
limes $1.23
cilantro $1.79
green onion $1.25

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance