Dinner Inspiration

Rustic Brown Rice and MushroomsSometimes you get a little bored with just plain brown rice, chicken, and steamed veggies. So today we’re going to offer some super easy ways to spice up dinner staples! All you need are a couple more ingredients and voila, Bon Appetite!

Instead of plain rice, make a brown rice with mushrooms, celery, spices, and if you’re a carnivore why not add some protein in the form of chicken breast.  With all the flavor it ends up tasting more like a yummy risotto! Any mushroom works and it will create a delicious and rustic side dish which accompanies your favorite main dish perfectly.

Ingredients

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup celery
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 teaspoon each or oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary. (if you don’t have one of these it’s fine) salt and pepper for taste
2 cups of brown rice. (wild rice is also a nice substitute or use 1 cup of each)
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water. (all can be found as gluten free)

*For extra protein: 2 chicken breasts, cubed and cooked to your liking

Directions
In a large pot, over medium heat, heat olive oil and sauté the onion until it’s soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic, and celery. Continue to sauté until mushrooms are cooked. Add parsley and herbs, stir to evenly blend. Add the rice and broth or water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Keep pot covered and continue to cook for 50 minutes or until rice is tender.  *If you want added protein throw in the cooked chicken now. Fluff before serving!

Nutrition Facts without Chicken
Calories: 300
Fat: 4g
Protein: 8g
CHO: 56g
Fiber: 4g

Bon appetit,

Kelly

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