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:

381 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, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

19%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 99g 152%
  • Carbs 328g 109%
  • Saturated 21g 104%
  • Fiber 29g 116%
  • Sugars 77g
  • Monounsaturated 14g
  • Polyunsaturated 58g
  • Protein 46g 93%
  • Sodium 1,237mg 52%
  • Calcium 452mg 45%
  • Magnesium 673mg 168%
  • Potassium 2,698mg 77%
  • Iron 12mg 68%
  • Zinc 10mg 70%
  • Phosphorus 1,309mg 187%
  • Vitamin A 110µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 140mg 233%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 137%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 78%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 129%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 334µg 84%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 379µg 474%
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