Very Green Rice

Looking for something homemade to liven up the dish alongside enchiladas, or anything Mexican?  Made this last night, and it came out great!

Ingredients (4 side portions – increase if you want leftovers or more portions)  Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes.

1 –  10 oz pkg frozen brown rice (about 2 cups cooked) (or feel free to cook rice of your choice from scratch).  –   I used Birdseye steam fresh.

1 medium zucchini, diced small (slice in half the long way, then slice each half in thirds the long way, then cut across in ¼” slices

3 green onions, minced (reserve sliced green tops for the end)

1 rib celery, diced small (about ½ cup)

1 handful (about ½ cup) cilantro, minced (reserve some for the end)

½ avocado, diced

½ cup frozen green peas

1/3 cup salsa verde (green chile sauce) – I used Ralph’s house brand

2 tbsp olive oil

Cook frozen rice 3 minutes (or per package directions) in microwave, or have your other choice of prepared rice ready to go.

Saute zucchini, celery and white parts of green onion in olive oil over medium high heat until just beginning to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add avocado and lower the heat medium/low, cook just to warm, about 30 sec.  Add in salsa verde and warm the sauce (about 1 minute). Add in rice, green peas (can still be frozen), and about ¾ of the minced cilantro and green onion tops.  Cook about 2-3 minutes.  If the sauce seems thin – cook a minute longer.  If it seems too dense and dry, add another tablespoon or two of salsa verde.   Taste and season with salt & pepper if desired.  NOTE:  I added no seasoning – the salsa verde gave it just the right taste to me.

Turn out into serving dish and garnish with reserved chopped cilantro and green onion tops.  Makes a great side with chicken enchiladas, but would also go great with spicy seared fish.

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2 Comments on “Very Green Rice”

  1. eftychia says:

    This rice looks so tasty! I like herbs with rice a lot! Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is indeed green… but sounds filled with flavors!


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