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Rice Primavera

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 25 mins Cook 20 mins
Rice Primavera
Ingredients
  • 1 2/3  cups  water
  • 1  cup  jasmine rice
  • 3  cups  assorted fresh vegetables (such as sugar snap pea pods; asparagus, sliced into 1-inch pieces; red, green, or yellow sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes; and/or cherry tomatoes, quartered)
  • 1/4  cup  finely chopped red onion
  • 2  teaspoons  cornstarch
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  chicken broth
  • 3 - 4  tablespoons  shredded fresh basil or purple basil
  • 1  tablespoon  basil oil or olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  toasted pine nuts
  •  Purple basil blossoms (optional)
Directions

1. In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Stir in uncooked jasmine rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook desired vegetables (except cherry tomatoes, if using) and red onion in a small amount of lightly salted boiling water, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. Cover and keep warm.

2. In a medium saucepan stir together cornstarch, lemon peel, lemon juice, and black pepper. Stir in chicken broth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Add cooked vegetables and cherry tomatoes, if using. Toss very gently to combine.

3. Toss rice with shredded basil and oil. Divide rice among six individual serving bowls; make an indentation in center of each. Mound vegetable mixture into centers. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Garnish with purple basil blossoms, if desired. Serve immediately. Makes 6 side-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (Rice Primavera)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 188,
  • Fat, total (g) 5,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 32,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 6,
  • vit. A (RE) 113,
  • vit. C (mg) 38,
  • sodium (mg) 138,
  • calcium (mg) 20,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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