Yellow Rice with Peas and Carrots

Updated: May 26



Rice is one of the staple foods I love to play around with. It’s the best complement to any dish and can be cooked in so many different ways! From green rice to beetroot rice, to this delicious yellow rice and peas! The possibilities are truly endless. The trick is to know how to cook perfect brown rice that works every time! I’ll show you how to cook brown rice on the stove.



This yellow rice with peas and carrots has a slightly nutty flavor and a fluffy texture. It’s packed with vitamins from the vegetables and with lots of flavor from the array of spices, including turmeric! That’s what gives the vibrant color.



The best part? It’s so easy and affordable to make. Besides being incredibly tasty and nutritious, this yellow rice recipe yields 5 servings for only $3.00! You can’t beat that.



If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll see I’m a brown rice lover! Pair this delicious yellow rice with your favorite stew, curry, or veggie burgers. You can also make it a healthy balanced meal by simply adding any type of plant-based protein, like baked tofu or beans. Just like other variations like Spanish yellow rice or Mexican yellow rice.





Details:


Yield: 5 servings

Prep time: 5 min

Cooking time: 30 min

Total time: 35 min


Ingredients:


2 cups brown rice

¾ cup frozen peas

½ cup of frozen white corn

½ cup frozen carrots

½ cup frozen spinach

2 cloves of garlic

1 cube vegetable bouillon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried thyme

A drizzle of olive oil


Instructions:


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water. Set aside.

  2. Mince the cloves of garlic. Set aside,

  3. Heat a large pot. Once it’s hot, add a drizzle of olive oil.

  4. Add the minced garlic, onion powder, turmeric, cumin, and dried thyme. Cook for a couple of minutes to release the flavor.

  5. Add the rice, frozen peas, frozen corn, frozen carrots, frozen spinach, and 2.5 cups of water.

  6. Add salt and vegetable bouillon, bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cook covered for 30 min.

  7. Once the rice is ready, turn off the heat and fluff it with a fork. Let it sit covered for 10 min to absorb any extra moisture.

  8. That’s it! Serve with a squeeze of lime juice. It’s perfect as a side for curries, stews, or veggie burgers!


Notes:


  • Store in airtight containers for up to a week.

  • Use half a tsp of salt for a low sodium version.

  • Add dried cranberries or raisins for a more festive version! Perfect for the holidays.

  • For a protein-packed version, add pinto beans or black beans once the rice is ready. Make sure to drain the beans thoroughly to prevent the rice from becoming soggy. Serve with chopped cilantro and lime juice.

  • You can replace any of the frozen vegetables to your liking!


Approximate cost:


$3.00. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.



Nutrition:


*Brown rice is highly nutritious, providing the body with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains more fiber than refined grains like white rice. Choosing fiber-rich whole grains like brown rice may reduce belly fat and help you lose and maintain a healthy weight. Brown rice is packed with fiber, lignans, and magnesium, which all have beneficial effects on heart health and heart disease risk. Also, it does not contain gluten and is a safe and healthy choice for those following gluten-free diets.


*Green peas are a very filling food, mostly due to the high amounts of protein and fiber they contain. They also have a low glycemic index and are rich in fiber and protein, all of which are important factors for blood sugar control. The fiber in green peas benefits digestion by maintaining the flow of waste through your digestive tract and keeping gut bacteria healthy.


*Corn: Whole corn is loaded with fiber and contains vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium. Processed corn products are not as nutritious. Corn is loaded with plant compounds that are linked to a lower risk of eye diseases. Even more, the fiber in corn may provide several health benefits and reduce your risk of diverticular disease.


*Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have several health benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels and improving eye health.


* Spinach is low in carbs but high in insoluble fiber. This type of fiber may benefit your digestion. It’s also an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Spinach has a host of benefits. It may reduce oxidative stress, promote eye health, fight cancer, and regulate blood pressure.



Did you try this yellow rice recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite


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