I stumbled upon this nifty rice recipe online about four years ago, courtesy of Claire Robinson of the Food Network. It’s a simple preparation with just a handful of ingredients and it definitely jazzes up your traditional rice side dish both through color and taste. You’ll need a blender for this recipe. Unfortunately, I don’t have an accurate nutritional breakdown for this recipe, but a portion size is about six ounces, with calories per six ounce serving of about 334. Assume that the carbs are highish, but live a little:)
1 and 1/2 cups Basmati rice
3 cups water
1 small ripe avocado, peeled pitted and roughly chopped
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 lemon, juiced
3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
Get the rice going first as that will take the longest. Bring the rice, three cups of water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, stir once or twice and cover. Cook until water is totally absorbed, about 15 minutes or so. Remove from heat and keeping the pan covered, let sit for 10 minutes.
Let’s move on to the other ingredients that will contribute to the Green Goddess part of this recipe. Cut your small avocado in half and remove first the pit and then the avocado meat from the skin. Roughly chop your avocado (Don’t sweat how big the pieces are chopped because the avocado will be going into the blender shortly).
Place avocado in blender.
On to the basil. Add one packed cup of fresh basil to the blender.
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice from it. Add juice to the blender.
The next step is to add three Tbs. of olive oil and the one-quarter cup of water to the blender. Then season with salt and pepper (Don’t be heavy-handed with the seasoning because you can always add more after you’ve blended the ingredients together and taken a taste).
Puree the ingredients in the blender until you get a consistency of sour cream (if you’re having a problem getting the blend going, turn off the blender first and then push the basil further down in the blender; be patient, it will puree).
If you feel the puree is too thick, add a small amount of water and blend some more. This would be the time to get a tiny taste and decide whether you want to add extra seasoning.
Remember that basmati rice that has been sitting patiently covered for the past ten minutes?
Give the rice a quick fluff and then add the avocado puree into the rice, folding gently until the two are well-mixed.
Plate it and serve immediately! There’s more than enough for company!
Makes four to six servings.