Nutted Brown Rice with Grapes and Scallions Recipe

Nutted Brown Rice
Allison Beck

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ cups short-grain brown rice
  • 12 ounces red grapes, washed and halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, whites and half of the greens finely sliced
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted

Growing up, my family would always make a nutted wild rice with pecans, raisins, and mint. We would serve it aside a grilled breast of chicken for a picnic dinner, or bring it along to a grilling party — it goes so well with barbecued chicken. So, when it came time to come up with a grill-friendly side dish, I knew just where to go for inspiration.

Not everyone likes wild rice, so I swapped the slim, dark grains for short-grain brown rice. Cooking it with a bit of coconut oil gives it an irresistible creaminess. The addition of finely chopped scallions gives the rice a subtle kick, and the juicy grapes add more color and a sweet touch. The orange juice and zest adds another layer of complexity to the dish — I've found those I serve this to are often left wondering exactly what it is.

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Directions

In a large saucepan, heat coconut and water over high heat until boiling. Add the brown rice, season with salt, cover, and simmer on low heat for 40 minutes, or until the rice is just cooked and water is gone. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.

While the rice cooks, combine the grapes, scallions, and orange zest and juice together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

When the rice is done, add to the scallion mixture. Combine and let it sit for 10 minutes as the rice cools. Check seasoning and top with walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

284 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

14%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 41g 62%
  • Carbs 316g 105%
  • Saturated 15g 76%
  • Fiber 23g 93%
  • Sugars 74g
  • Protein 33g 65%
  • Sodium 1,235mg 51%
  • Calcium 365mg 36%
  • Magnesium 533mg 133%
  • Potassium 2,305mg 66%
  • Iron 10mg 54%
  • Zinc 8mg 51%
  • Phosphorus 1,001mg 143%
  • Vitamin A 2,214IU 44%
  • Vitamin C 139mg 231%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 113%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 35%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 73%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 103%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 247µg 62%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 377µg 471%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 6g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 16g
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