I've been slightly infatuated with kale for a few years now, so when I see a recipe that uses kale in a way that's new to me, I'm always excited to try it. I found this recipe for Spicy Rice and Kale in an old Bon Appetit magazine from February 1999 (and back in those days before kale entered my life I probably wouldn't have given it a second look.) Finding old food trends that I have just caught up with is one reason the bookshelves in my office have piles of old cooking magazines arranged by month! This find from the past turned out to be one of those side dishes that I could have happily eaten a big bowl of for my entire meal, and it's so nutritious and easy to make that I think it's a perfect Meatless Monday dish.
I did use chicken stock when I tried the recipe, but you could easily make this vegan by using vegetable broth instead with no loss of flavor. (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index. For Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, check Meatless Monday at BlogHer, where I write a weekly post spotlighting one of the fabulous meatless recipe ideas I find around the web.)
Heat the chicken or vegetable stock in a heavy pan with a tight fitting lid, stirring in the Creole seasoning when it starts to simmer.
This photo is a visual aid reminding you that this is cooked covered for 20 minutes on low, then it sits covered for 10 minutes more.
Creole-Spiced Rice and Kale
(Makes 4 generous side dish servings; recipe adapted slightly from Spicy Rice and Kale in Bon Appetit, February 1999.)
2 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock (or use one can broth and add enough water to make 2 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 tsp. Creole Seasoning (I used Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning which is good but a bit salty, so don't add salt)
1 cup Uncle Ben's Converted Rice (This is the lowest-glycemic type of white rice)
4 oz. chopped kale
Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
Put the stock or broth into a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid and bring to a simmer. When it starts to simmer, stir in the Creole seasoning.
While the stock is coming to a simmer, wash the kale, cut away any thick center ribs, stack up kale leaves, and chop kale into smallish pieces. As soon as the stock and Creole seasoning are simmering, add the kale all at once and let it wilt for a minute or two in the hot liquid.
Then stir in the rice, bring back to a simmer, turn heat to low, and simmer covered for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and let the pan sit covered for 10 minutes more. Fluff rice with a fork and serve hot, with Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over if desired.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Uncle Ben's Converted Rice is a very low-glycemic type of white rice, due to the converting process which removes some of the starchiness, so this recipe is a perfect side dish or main dish for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. For other low-carb diets you could make a version of this with Cauliflower Rice; I'd saute the kale until it was nearly soft, then add the cauliflower and cook a bit longer.
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More Delicious Side Dishes You Might Like:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Slow Cooker Side Dishes Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch
Kale and Romaine Caesar Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Quinoa with Sauteed Mushrooms and Kale from Use Real Butter
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