Saturday, August 29, 2009
Fresh Garden Vegetables And Rice (a summer recipe)
My dinner menu usually goes something like this: I decide what I’m going to prepare for dinner and then right smack in the middle of dinner preparation, I realize I’m out of a main ingredient. Then, to make matters worse, half the time I forget to take the meat out of the freezer in the morning. (See my about me section and you’ll notice I am ADD - now the aforementioned makes perfect sense.) This recipe was something I tried earlier in the summer when I was planning on grilled chicken salad, only to find out I was out of lettuce for the salad. I rambled through my pantry for plan B and saw a bag of brown rice, which my husband loves, and honestly, like all the times before, a recipe popped in my mind. I wondered if I could be fortunate enough to have some fresh green beans in the fridge. Yes, I did! This is what I whipped up to go with our grilled chicken. The two men of the house fell in love with it and I make it often now. I am fortunate that my daddy’s grape tomatoes and peppers did quite well this summer.
Fresh Garden Veggies With Rice
* Cooked brown rice (remember brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice!)
* Steamed whole green beans
For the roasted vegetables:
* Grape tomatoes (in this photo, I used red and yellow tomatoes)
* Onion slices (I prefer red onions for this)
* Chopped garlic
* Sliced bell pepper (I used yellow)
* Fresh rosemary
* Olive oil
* Kosher salt
* Ground black pepper
Toss all veggies together with olive oil and bake on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, till vegetables are as tender as you like them.
Serve over rice. Top with steamed green beans.
You can use variant types of vegetables for this. Like I said, I’m always out of something and I enjoy trying different things with this recipe.
By the way - Yes, I am aware this is not the entry I promised for my next entry. I'm working on it and will probably add it to my spiritual walk journal, which I will have to link at a later time.