In case you haven’t heard, tumeric is not only delicious, it’s a very healthy addition to our diet. “Yellow” rice, famously Indian, may be made with saffron also—but tumeric is far less expensive and just as tasty!
2 tbsp. olive oil
1-2 tbsp. butter (optional)
1 cup basmati or jasmin white rice
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 diced onion
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1-2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (for this recipe I used chopped carrots, bell pepper and kale. Other options include celery, zucchini, cauliflower…)
1/2 cup diced cooked chicken (optional)
1-2 tsp. turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
In a pan, medium heat, brown the onions in olive oil (approximately 5-10 minutes). Add garlic and rice. Stir together for a 3-5 minutes until rice has a chance to get to know the first flavors. Then add vegetables, chicken and butter and stir for another 3-5 minutes for another quick layer of introduction. Then add broth, turmeric and a dash of salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Add more salt and pepper if desired.
Unsolicited Tips: I make my own chicken broth, which accounts for some of the color and, I must say, some extra yummy flavor. Boxed/canned broth can obviously also be used. Brown rice can also be used, but it won’t absorb as much color or flavor.
If you haven’t used turmeric before, you may want to start with 1 teaspoon. We love the flavor but it is new to some. Besides being yum-ola and beautiful, turmeric is known to be anti-inflamatory, an antioxidant and tons of other current healthy buzz-words. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Google it and see!
Michelle can be found at her blog Kickin’ It in the Kitchen. Besides recipes and a good sense of humor, she offers workshops on meal planning, as well as ones titled “Welcome to the Table, Little One,” “Thinking Outside of the Lunch Box,” “Homemade Baby Food,” and the tantalizing “Scrounge.”
Try Michell’s other recipes:
Citrus Roasted Chicken
Greek Avgolemeno Soup
Garbanzo-Bulgar Wheat-Lemon-Herb Salad
Piña Colada Pancakes
Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp
Mediterranean Layer Dip
Buttermilk French Toast
Balsamic Glazed Beets
Michelle’s Tortilla Soup
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Simply Delicious Baked Apples
Michelle’s Cole Slaw