Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Rice

Sometimes you just don't want to cook. Know what I mean?
Sometimes the idea of making dinner after a long day of work or play, or both, just makes you want to cry, and you succumb to the siren song of the rotisserie chicken at Costco, just so you can just not think about anything and also eat something palatable that didn't come from a drive-up window.

Or maybe you were supposed to take dinner to a neighbor and you realized at the last minute that the meal you had planned to make them actually had scads of the ingredient they requested we avoid (great planning on my part, yes?) so you grabbed a chicken for your brood and a chicken for them and rushed home to make sure they had a decent meal.

But, as I'm sure I don't need to tell you, just rotisserie chicken does not a meal make. You need something to go with it. Something easy and quick. You need Happy Rice.

It's a simple side, but it requires no more than 20 minutes of your time, most of which is just the rice cooking. Serve it with your rotisserie chicken and a green salad for a pretty well-balanced meal in a jiffy.

You could also serve it with steamed veggies of your choice. Whatever is lingering in the fridge, really. I'm not picky, just tired. And kinda scattered. [wink wink]

Happy Rice
adapted from Autumn from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch

1 recipe Life-Changing Baked Rice
1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1 scallion, sliced
1 tsp. minced fresh thyme or summer savory
1 tsp. fresh orange zest
1/4 c. butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to directions. Stir together all ingredients until rice is well coated in butter, and other mix-ins are evenly distributed. Serve warm.

Want to make it with brown rice? Just swap out this recipe for the above-indicated white rice -- just know that it will take a lot longer to cook up, and therefore does not qualify for a quick meal idea, though it is equally as easy.

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