Lemony Rice with Cracked Pepper
Rice is easy to make and serve as a main course. You can add some protein and salad to make it a hearty meal. Use any non-sticky rice for this – it cooks fast and you will probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
Lemony Flavor Rice Recipe
Rice is easily digested and light on the stomach. It is also filling. Believe it or not, but 50% of the world’s population depends on rice for its nutrition and, in many countries, particularly in Asia, Africa and Latin America, rice may be part of every meal. Because rice is relatively bland, it complements other foods and can be had with gravies, curries, sauces and condiments to increase the flavor.
1 cup rice
Himalayan salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3-4 celery stalks, chopped
2 tbsp. grated lemon rind
2 green peppers, chopped
¼ tsp. cracked organic black pepper
Clean and wash rice and drain
Put in a heavy pan with 2 cups water and salt.
Let it come to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover and cook till rice is tender and water absorbed. This should take around 15 minutes. Keep covered.
In a non-stick pan, heat oil.
Put in the onion, celery stalks lemon rind and peppers and sauté till barely done.
Add cracked pepper.
Mix in the cooked rice, blend and serve.
1. Instead of water you can use chicken or vegetable stock to cook the rice for greater flavor and nutrition. You can add around 1 cup or more cooked chicken at the end, along with the vegetables, to make it a one-dish meal.
2. If you have any fresh herbs like thyme, basil or tarragon that complement the lemon flavor, you can add them to add some more zest to the rice.
3. While you can buy pre-cooked or instant rice in packets that are quick to make and have other added ingredients, when you make your own from scratch, you have greater control over what you are eating.
Calories 256, Carbs 43.4 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Fat 7.3 grams, Fiber 2.6 grams, Protein 4.3 grams, Saturated Fat 1 grams, Sodium 121 milligrams, Sugar 3 grams