I made this for lunch yesterday because I was bored, and trying to get out of a rut. I’m glad I left my rut – this was delicious. I had a small bowl of it plain, plus another few scoops over romaine lettuce that needed to be used up.
The Best Coconutty Butternutty Rice Ever
Ingredients (makes 2 large servings or 3-4 small ones)
- 2 teaspoons oil (optional)
- 1.5 cups cubed butternut squash
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Asian 5-spice powder
- freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup peas (I used frozen)
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (you could use light, but I used regular)
- 1 cup water
- juice from 1/2 lime
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Heat the oil (or just spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray) over high heat in a medium/large pot. Add the butternut, scallions, ginger, and spices. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the peas and cook for another minute or two.
- Add the rice, coconut milk, water, lime juice, and s&p. Bring to a boil, then simmer (covered) until the liquid is absorbed. My lid has a hole in it for steam to leave, so I had to keep adding liquid as it was cooking. This took about 35 minutes. (Brown rice is slow.)
- Serve – with some steamed/sauteed greens would be perfect.
I also made a new breakfast – granola, apple, and kamut puffs with almond milk. It was really good, and the apple was huge so it took a very long time to eat. It didn’t hold me like the oat bran does, but it was a nice change of pace. I’m not really a granola person, but my local market has a homemade kind that’s decent. I think it has coconut in it – yum That’s miso soup in the mug.
Linky link: I found a very cool article on Japanese Bento boxes and their history. Bento boxes are a source of pride for those who create them (moms, girlfriends) and there is some rivalry between children and men as to who has the best bento. The article is very interesting, and it’s a great look into Japanese culture.
Did your mom/dad pack your lunch? What was your favorite thing that (s)he would make for you?