I often make this Springtime Rice because it tastes not only good but because it has both cashews and veggies. Combining grains and vegetables, how much healthier can you get?
This rice was inspired by a recipe I had in a cookbook I lost or gave away. Can’t figure out where what I did with the cookbook. Not happy at all!
I remember the name of the recipe, Springtime Rice and it was made with almonds and chicken broth. It is unfortunate that I cannot find the book to give the author the proper credits. But whomever you are, thank you for the inspiration as I have been enjoying this recipe for years. I don’t often remember many recipes but this one I do, and it is a keeper.
The original recipe as I mentioned was made with almonds and chicken broth. I do make the rice with the same initial ingredients but enjoy it better with cashews. Almonds, in my opinion, retain their flavor better when they are toasted and not boiled.
I also make this rice with chicken broth but also think it tastes much better with a chicken bouillon cube or chicken bouillon powder. I have also tried it the conventional way, which is with fresh spices or vegetable broth during Lent season since I cannot eat meat or days when I want to be vegetarian.
If you want to add some kick to the rice, you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of my Original Hot and Spicy Herbs and Peppers Blend. Add the condiment while you are cooking the peas and other ingredients and before adding the broth or liquid to the rice.
The recipe is straightforward to make. The cashews must be partially cooked, or roasted if you are feeling adventurous before adding them to the rice. I often use the same water from the cashews to cook the rice. A mixture of veggies is added carrots, peas, and peppers.
This rice goes well with any side meat dish or no meat side dish. Because it contains cashews, you may think you are eating too healthy, but I’d rather be too healthy than unhealthy. Mixing grains and nuts are always okay as long as you pick the right ones to mix.
So please enjoy this Springtime Rice made with cashews and veggies. And again to the creator of this recipe whoever and wherever you are, thank you for this inspiration.