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I love rice as much as the next Asian person, but sometimes I get a little tired of plain old white rice. It tastes plain, it looks plain, and it's boring as heck to photograph. But it's simple to jazz up this plain Jane dish! (Sorry, Jane.) With just a few herbs and with the help of some frozen peas, you've got yourself a side dish that's fresh and easy.
I love summer; that means I can have fresh chives. I don't often use them in the winter because I have to buy them from the store. Our cats make it nearly impossible to grow fresh herbs indoors. No matter where we place them, they find out how to get there and then nom the poor herbs to death.
In what, 30 minutes? you've made yourself a fresh and light summery side dish!
Recipe: Green and White Rice
1 c. basmati rice
1 3/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. butter (increase to 2 tbsp. if not using minted peas shown in recipe)
1 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1-2 small leaves mint, minced (if not using minted peas)
1 c. frozen peas
In a medium-sized pot, combine rice, water, salt, and butter. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover pot, and let cook for 20 minutes.
Toss cooked rice with chives, parsley, mint, and peas. Serve!