Green Goddess Rice

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:)

These are the primary ingredients you'll need to prepare the Green Goddess Rice recipe.
These are the primary ingredients you’ll need to prepare the Green Goddess Rice recipe.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups Basmati rice

3 cups water

salt

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

black pepper

Preparation:

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.

This is the basmati rice I bought from my local store. You needn't buy it organic if you don't feel it necessary.
This is the basmati rice I bought from my local store. You needn’t buy it organic if you don’t feel it necessary.
The basmati rice portioned out for the recipe.
The basmati rice portioned out for the recipe.
Adding the three cups of water into saucepan.
Adding the three cups of water into saucepan.
Adding a dash of salt to the water.
Adding a dash of salt to the water.
And now for the rice to go into the pan.
And now for the rice to go into the pan.
The water has bee brought to a boil.
The water has bee brought to a boil.

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.

The heat has been reduced for a gentle simmering.
The heat has been reduced for a gentle simmering.
After giving the rice and water a quick stir or two, it's time to cover the pan and let the rice cook.
After giving the rice and water a quick stir or two, it’s time to cover the pan and let the rice cook.

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).

A small avocado is a key part of this delicious Green Goddess rice recipe.
A small avocado is a key part of this delicious Green Goddess rice recipe.
The avocado cut in half and pitted.
The avocado cut in half and pitted.
The avocado, roughly chopped.
The avocado, roughly chopped.

Place avocado in blender.

Our chopped avocado going into the blender.
Our chopped avocado going into the blender.

On to the basil. Add one packed cup of fresh basil to the blender.

Here's the basil I brought home from the store.
Here’s the basil I brought home from the store.
One cup of fresh basil measured out...
One cup of fresh basil measured out…
...to join the avocado in the blender.
…to join the avocado in the blender.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice from it. Add juice to the blender.

A juicy lemon that we'll use in this recipe.
A juicy lemon that we’ll use in this recipe.
The lemon, sliced in half...
The lemon, sliced in half…
...and now being juiced.
…and now being juiced.
Now we add the freshly squeezed lemon juice into the blender.
Now we add the freshly squeezed lemon juice into 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).

The first of three Tbs. of olive oil poured into the blender.
The first of three Tbs. of olive oil poured into the blender.
Here comes the water, just one-quarter cup.
Here comes the water, just one-quarter cup.
Adding a little salt...
Adding a little salt…
...and pepper into the mix.
…and pepper into the mix.

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).

Starting to get the blender going for a good puree.
Starting to get the blender going for a good puree.
avocadopuree
The avocado mixture pureed.

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?

Here's the cooked basmati rice.
Here’s the cooked basmati rice.

Give the rice a quick fluff and then add the avocado puree into the rice, folding gently until the two are well-mixed.

Here goes the puree meeting the rice.
Here goes the puree into the rice.
Mix the puree and rice together well.
Mix the puree and rice together well.

Plate it and serve immediately! There’s more than enough for company!

Here is the Green Goddess Rice plated to serve with whatever your protein is for the evening.
Here is the Green Goddess Rice plated to serve as a side dish with your dinner.

Makes four to six servings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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