Lemon Orzo & Basmati (mock rice-a-roni)

Don’t we all love a Rice A Roni type of side dish? Sometimes I’ll toss in steamed veges , perhaps a bit of fish, and make this a main meal:)

Basmati Rice and Orzo

Fresh melon is also a nice touch along side this rice dish.

You will see suggestions for personalizing with different spices or your own add-in ingredients below – this is one of those “make it your own” side or entree!

 

 

Ingredients:

3 cups of vegetable broth (prepared or 3 Tbl of unchicken broth)

1/4 cup of orzo

1  cup of basmati rice (I prefer basmati from India)

3 Tbl  EVVO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cold pressed)

2 tsp Lemon Zest (grated rind of washed lemon)

2 tsp unbleached sea salt (I use Himalayan)

1/4 med lemon squeezed into your hand to catch seeds (natural sieve)

Add-in Ingredients Options: Pine Nuts, Seeds, Small pieces of veges. Sometimes I will chop raw veges up and toss in 5 min before serving and it should be noted that small grated is always good as well.

Add-in Spice Suggestions (10 min before serving) : Dried or fresh herbs, unbleached sea salt and pepper, paprika, and/or spice blends depending on what you are serving. Sometimes saffron is perfect!

Directions & Tools (wide wooden fork and heavy based pan with tight lid)

Heat 2 Tbl (of the 3 Tbl) EVOO hot enough to toss in orzo and cause a sizzle, stir it around for a few minutes, when it’s nice and hot again, stir in lemon zest, then add basmati rice and mix together. Stir in the 3 cups of vege broth (and your optional add-in ingredients, although if you are adding fresh herbs you may want to wait until a few minutes before you serve).

Add lemon juice and then simmer low with a lid until tender usually 20-30 minutes (check no sooner than 15 min, and allow extra time, rice can sit warm nicely) –

Once you are ready to serve add remaining oil and any fresh herbs you may have, toss with a wide wood fork and serve.

With oregano and rosemary

Making Perfect Rice
– For every cup of rice, use 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water or broth. You want a large pot with a heavy base for the most even cooking and a tight lid for steam cooking rice.

About Maralinehttp://www.pHBodyBalance.comMaraline is internationally recognized as a pH Body Balance and Nutritional Products Specialist, and has written many related articles, appears on radio and guest speaks at many events. "Small Changes That Make The Biggest Difference" in the quality of your life. AND...."Let's not "substitute" but let us "replace," with better tasting foods and drinks that are better for you, and most importantly, provide better results!" "Your body has intelligence, point it in the right direction, and YOU will follow!"

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