Cilantro Pineapple Rice

So I have a confession and I think it would be best to get it out of the way.  I was supposed to have two side dishes for you today.  I was going to do a rice dishand a bean dish, but obviously one of those did not make it onto the stage.  It seems I have overbooked myself this week.  Everyday I have 2-3 cooking projects as we prepare for the coming holidays and time with family.  On the day I was making food for today’s post I had four projects going on… and I had to let one of them go.  I decided to hold off on the beans for now, but bring them back down the road.  I’m just spreading out the joy.  We wouldn’t want to give you too much goodness at once:-)DSC_1028 So over the summer we spent a week with my husband’s family.  We all took turns making dinner and there were some great dishes prepared.  One of my amazing sister-in-laws made a delicious cilantro pineapple rice dish (sound familiar).  I meant to get the recipe from her, but never got around to it, so I guessed:-) It has been long enough now that I am not quite sure if my creation tastes similar to hers, but I am happy with how it turned out.  It is a fun combination of sweet and savory.DSC_1040DSC_1170The best part is, is that this is super easy to make.  Put your rice and water into a pan and bring the water to a boil.  You can add your spices in now or at the end.  I think my recommendation would be to add the majority in at the beginning so the flavors can cook into the rice.  I would make sure to under-season it though as you can’t taste it as you go until the rice is cooked.  Once the water is boiling, lower heat and cover.  Let it simmer for 10-20 minutes but stir occasionally to check the progress.  Prepare cilantro and pineapple while rice cooks and once it is ready add your remaining ingredients, stir and enjoy! DSC_1045

Cilantro Pineapple Rice

2 C white rice

4 C water

1/3 C cilantro, chopped

2/3 C pineapple chunks

1/3 C pineapple juice

½ – ¾ t salt

¼ t pepper

¼ t onion salt

¼ t garlic powder

Drizzle of agave (optional)

  1. Measure rice into pot and add water.  Bring to a boil on the stove.  Add spices into uncooked rice (this way the flavor cooks into the rice) OR add the spices in after the rice is cooked so you can taste test as you go.
  2. Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  While rice is cooking chop cilantro and pineapple.
  3. When rice is done remove pan from heat and pour rice into a bowl.  Add cilantro, pineapple, pineapple juice and seasonings (if you didn’t add them in earlier.  Stir everything together.  If you want the rice to have a sweeter quality to it you can drizzle agave, lightly, over the top and stir that in as well.

*Try to stir as little as possible.  The more you stir the rice the mushier it becomes:-)

Make sure you check in tomorrow.  We have a decadent dessert coming up that you don’t want to miss!DSC_1177DSC_1197DSC_1183

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