I’m always on the lookout for a quick, easy side dish to go along with my (usually) quick and easy dinner! Quick and easy is the name of the game people. Once in a while (a great while) I get in the mood to make an elaborate dinner that takes hours to prepare. But let’s be real here. Most people don’t have more than an hour to spend making dinner for their family on the average week night. This side dish is great because it’s just a few ingredients (a few really delicious and flavorful ingredients) and my husband and little one LOVE it.
But hold the phone! White rice! That’s not “healthy” you say! Isn’t brown rice healthier? I guess that’s a matter of opinion. And there was a time in my life when I opted for the brown stuff over white too. But if I’m being honest, I don’t really like it that much. Not as much as white at least. While white rice certainly isn’t a nutritional powerhouse, it’s also pretty benign. Now I’m not saying you should go out and eat white rice with every meal. It is a carbohydrate and will convert to sugar in your body. That’s why I don’t make it all that often. But sometimes, you just need a good old comforting starch to go with a meal. If you want to read more about why I choose white rice over brown, I suggest you read this informative post by Emily at Holistic Squid called Why I Eat White Rice Instead of Brown.
To expand on the nutrition of this dish a bit, let’s consider this. Perhaps the rice itself is not packed with vitamins and minerals, but what I add to the rice contributes greatly to the nutritional profile of this yummy side dish. Let’s have a look:
Coconut milk is a fantastic source of medium chain fatty acids, which are known to aid in weight loss and may even help ward off diabetes. It’s a great source of iron, potassium, niacin and folate (so drink up pregnant women!). But be on your guard! Make sure you’re getting a brand free of BPA. That stuff will wreak havoc on your endocrine system. I like to use this kind.
Bone broth is an amazing source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It’s packed with amino acids, and it’s one of the BEST gut healers known to man. It’s also like nature’s botox because it’s got crazy insane amounts of collagen and elastin! It’s really easy to make on your own. Check out this post from Oh Lardy for the easiest way to make bone broth.
Yes BUTTER! Have you been hiding under a rock? Grass fed butter is not only not bad for you, as conventional nutritionists would have you believe. It’s actually a SUPERFOOD! Yea I said it. Butter is SO good for you. Butter is rich is vitamins A, D, E and K2 (butter is pretty much the only place you can get K2). Grassfed butter has large amounts of medium chain fatty acids, and so may help boost your immune system and your metabolism. It’s also a great source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has very potent cancer-fighting properties and helps your body build muscle rather than storing fat. This is the kind I like to use.
Scallions have a healthy amount of vitamins A, C and K. But really, I use them in this dish because they’re yummy and they make the dish look pretty.
So chill out on the white rice mmmk? Go ahead and eat it once in a while. It’s yummy. Here’s the recipe.
- Cook rice per package instructions, replacing water with the broth and coconut milk. Also, add half of the butter in while the rice cooks. Reserve the other half to stir in at the end.
- If you want to make more or less, just substitute whatever amount of liquid you need for half coconut milk and half broth.
- When the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork.
- Stir in the scallions, remaining butter, and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
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