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Friday, July 2, 2010

COCONUT RICE (from Robin Miller Quick Fix Meals)

SERVES 4

In the time it takes to make regular quick-cooking rice, you can add a few ingredients to make an ordinary side dish an extraordinary one. Throw this together the next time you make rice for a stir-fry!
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One 14-ounce can light or regular coconut milk
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or water
2 1/4 cups quick-cooking white rice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the coconut milk and broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and remove from the heat. Let stand until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, stir in the cilantro, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

STORAGE SAVVY:
Double the batch and freeze leftovers (in freezer bags) for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on LOW. then reheat for 3 minutes on HIGH before serving.

Total Time: 10 minutes
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
WALK-AWAY TIME: 5 MINUTES

VARIATION:
For added coconut flavor, add 2 tablespoons shredded coconut iust before serving. You can also toast the coconut on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

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