Recipe Share: Pesto Basmati Rice

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This recipe is super tasty and super easy. The first night I served it topped with a lemony ahi steak. It was delicious. Later in the week I used up the leftovers by pouring a yellow coconut curry over the top. Again, super tasty! This rice is a nice change to bland, plain rice.

Here is what you'll need:

Ingredients: Serves 4

1 1/4 cups brown or white basmati rice (whichever you prefer, I spared my husband, and used white)
3 large garlic cloves
1 tsp sea salt
1 large handful fresh basil sprigs
5 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2/3 cup pine nuts (I didn't have any, so I skipped them and added a bit of extra basil and garlic instead)
squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)


Cook the rice according to package.

Meanwhile, to make the pesto, put the garlic cloves, salt, basil (stalks removed) and olive oil into your food processor. A blender would do as well. Mix/blend until you have a thick paste. If desired, add a squeeze of lemon juice, mix again. I think the lemon juice really livens this dish up.

Combine the rice and pesto together in a medium sized bowl.

Serve as you please and enjoy!!

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  1. This is a fabulous idea!! Thanks for this.. I love rice based dishes. Big fan of brown rice with some veggies in the rice cooker then a good healthy saucy chicken to throw on top!



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