Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Enchanted Broccoli Bentos

Looks like a lush green Northeastern forest? Hm.

After some hemming and hawing over what to make for lunch, I decided to use the !russian kale! and the broccoli before it earned the !rot alert! tag. Based on Mollie Katzen's recipe, "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest" from the cookbook of the same name.

1/2 T olive oil in rice cooker
1 scape, finely chopped
1 large scallion, finely sliced
Russian kale, finely chopped
broccoli stems, chopped
pinch of salt
2 T? lemon juice
spoonful of Barnacle Bill's artichoke pesto
pinch of crushed red pepper
freshly ground black pepper
3/4 C brown rice
1 1/4 C water

Turn on the rice cooker, add oil and saute scape, and chopped broccoli stems until tender. Add salt and kale, cover and steam until wilted. Add rice, and let cook a minute or two, stirring when you feel like it. Add lemon juice, BB's pesto and peppers. Stir to combine. Add water, stir again. Cover and cook until done. When the switch turns off, place broccoli florets on top of the rice, then cover to let steam.
Carefully remove florets from rice and set aside. Divide rice between two containers, smoothing the rice. Poke the florets into the rice to form the forest.. Yeah it's supposed to look like an enchanted forest.


cutting board
4 C glass measuring cup (staging area for veggies, measure rice, water)
Rice cooker pot and lid
2 lunch containers
2 sporks for lunchboxes

Few dishes, some chopping, set it and forget it.

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