Coconut Rice

Fluffy, light and delicious, this easy Coconut Rice recipe is made on the stovetop and enhanced with coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger. A vegan, gluten-free side dish in 30 minutes.

Fluffy, light and delicious, this easy Coconut Rice recipe is made on the stovetop and enhanced with coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger. A vegan, gluten-free side dish in 30 minutes.
Fluffy, light and delicious, this easy Coconut Rice recipe is made on the stovetop and enhanced with coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger. A vegan, gluten-free side dish in 30 minutes.

Dark Chocolate Granola with Cacao Nibs

A polyphenol-rich Chocolate Granola recipe made with cacao nibs, cacao powder, Ceylon cinnamon and olive oil – superfoods that heal and nourish the body. Delicious for breakfast or dessert! Vegan.

A polyphenol-rich Chocolate Granola recipe made w/ cacao nibs, cacao powder, GF oats, Ceylon cinnamon, maple syrup & olive oil. Vegan & easy.
A polyphenol-rich Chocolate Granola recipe made with cacao nibs, cacao powder, Ceylon cinnamon and olive oil - superfoods that heal and nourish the body. Delicious for breakfast or dessert! Vegan.

Homemade Tortillas

How to make perfect Homemade Tortillas from scratch using masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. Plus a bonus recipe for Sourdough Tortillas using your sourdough starter.

How to make homemade tortillas from scratch using corn, flour or a blend, with a sourdough option! #tortillas
How to make perfect Homemade Tortillas from scratch using masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. Plus a bonus recipe for Sourdough Tortillas using your sourdough starter.

Super Orange Citrus Rice

This incredible citrus rice is flooded with orange juice, flecked with celery and carrots, and boosted with a packet of French onion dip mix.

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This incredible citrus rice is flooded with orange juice, flecked with celery and carrots, and boosted with a packet of French onion dip mix. It’s beautiful, delicious, and if you’re in a rice or grain rut, it’s just the thing to get you out of it. This Super Orange Citrus Rice is also the perfect base for a rice bowl, and I love using leftovers the next day for a citrusy-y take on fried rice.

Super Orange Citrus Rice in a Serving Bowl
I cook rice a couple times a week. Half the time I’ll make it straight and simple – water, rice, and a bit of salt. The other times I like to mix it up with different broths, infusions, and favorite flavors, ingredients and textures. A lot of you know how much I love a good rice situation – I included a whole section of ideas in the back of Super Natural Simple. I also constantly revisit Bryant Terry’s Amazing Green Rice, this Congee with Brown Rice and Turmeric, and this herby rice situation. Recently, this super orange citrus rice has been in high-rotation. Here are the details!Super Orange Citrus Rice in a Kitchen on a Counter

Citrus Rice Inspiration

One of the things I love about flea markets, estate and yard sales is finding and browsing old cookbooks. I come across a lot of community cookbooks, and always have my eyes peeled for books that are special, unusual, and/or regionally specific. Today’s recipe was inspired by a cookbook I picked up a few years ago, published by Sunkist in 1968. It is cover-to-cover recipes that are citrus inspired – note the sub-title: lemons, tangerines – citrus treasures of the west – oranges, grapefruits. 

A few of the recipes caught my attention. In particular, there is an orange rice recipe that calls for “instant minced onions.” I imagined that would add a nice seasoning element to a citrus rice. I tend to keep French onion soup mix on hand to make the French Onion Strata in Super Natural Simple, and have dehydrated onions in my pantry as well.  Today’s recipe evolved from there. I love the way the onion helps counter the sweetness of the orange juice, keeping the whole dish squarely in the savory camp.
Super Orange Citrus Rice Surrounded by Plates and Ready to Eat
Super Orange Citrus Rice Surrounded by Plates and Ready to Eat

What Kind of Rice to Use?

I’ve been using brown basmati rice for this recipe. Short grain brown rice should also work, you might need to adjust the cooking time a bit though. I’ve tested a blend of half brown basmati with half white basmati and it wasn’t great. Unsurprisingly, the white grains really blew out and over cooked while the brown rice grains finished cooking.

The general rule of thumb here is yes, you can likely use your favorite rice, whatever it is. You should simply adjust the amount of liquid and cooking time according to whatever you typically use for 2 cups of rice. So, for example, if you’re using 2 cups of white rice, scale back the orange juice and water called for in the recipe from 4 cups to 3 cups (or 3 1/4 cups total liquid). Hope that makes sense. It’s a long way of saying you can likely make this with success with whatever rice you have on hand.

Super Orange Citrus Rice Surrounded by Plates and Ready to Eat

Make Citrus Rice into a Meal

You can easily add another hearty element to this rice and make a one bowl meal. You see the citrus rice pictured here topped with a bit of simply marinated, baked tofu. It’s just slabs of thinly sliced extra-firm tofu tossed in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon wasabi paste, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce and baked until golden in a 375F oven. Wasabi paste can be tricky to come by, and when I’m out of it I’ll substitute a favorite curry paste or tobanjan paste. Throw some broccoli or cauliflower florets into the oven with the tofu for some added veg. And, you should absolutely use leftovers in this Herbed Rice Salad with Peanuts!

Alternately, I like to make a thin omelette with an egg or two, slice it thinly, and use that in place of the tofu. And before I forget, if your celery is extra leafy, be sure to make your own celery salt! It’s really wonderful on this rice, but also on all sorts of soups and salads.

Leftover Ideas

This recipe makes a good amount of citrus rice, and we often have leftovers. It’s SO good the next day, perfect for a quick fried rice for lunch, or easy dinner. The citrus element is really fantastic and unexpected if you aren’t in the know. 

If you’re looking for more rice recipes I have so many ideas. Laugh/cry. Be sure to try this green rice, my favorite mushroom casserole,  and this vegetarian take on paellaI also love cooking with quinoa, cooking with lentils. Enjoy! -h

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Skillet Cornbread

This skillet cornbread is rustic, custard-topped, and crusty-edged. It is bolstered with herbs and a bit of quinoa for an incredibly good accompaniment to chili or a favorite soup. Inspired by a legendary Marion Cunningham recipe.

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One of my favorite cornmeal recipes is Marion Cunningham’s Custard-Filled Cornbread from The Breakfast Book. My neighbor in San Francisco brought it to a Halloween potluck (to much fanfare), and it occurred to me it was the same cornbread Molly writes about in A Homemade Life. Everyone in my family now loves this cornbread, and it has shown up at many family gatherings over the years. It is one of those recipes, so spot-on, I thought I’d never change it, tweak it, or make it any other way. There was no need. Keep it simple, leave it alone.
skillet cornbread with a slice removed

Skillet Cornbread: The Inspiration

Narrator voice: she was unable to leave it alone. I eventually did an alternative version good enough to share. I took the general approach to Marion’s custard cornbread, introduced a cast-iron skillet, and a few ingredients that pair nicely with corn – herbs, quinoa. My hope was that it would result in something unique and special. And wow, did it ever work out!

skillet cornbread after baking

I hope you’ll agree, the results are impressive. A rustic, minimally structured, custard-topped, crusty-edged, herb-scented corn-quinoa skillet cornbread. The recipe yields enough for a small crowd. Each piece is dense and moist, rich with ribbons of varying texture. It’s quite special and, if you are a cornbread aficionado, worth a go.

skillet cornbread cooling on a blue hot pad

Let me know if you try it out – it’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, family meals, chili night,Thanksgiving and the like!

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Thai Baked Chicken and Rice

This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!

This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!
This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!

Spring Pea Risotto

This pea risotto recipe is lemony and minty and sings of spring. It’s easy to make in about 30 minutes, delicious topped with seared fish or scallops—or on its own for a delicious vegetarian dinner!

Creamy Pea risotto in a dutch oven with a spoon.
This pea risotto recipe is lemony and minty and sings of spring. It's easy to make in about 30 minutes, delicious topped with seared fish or scallops—or on its own for a delicious vegetarian dinner!

Moroccan Rice

This Moroccan Rice Pilaf is like taking a walk through the souks in Marrakesh. Fresh, vibrant, lively flavors, so colorful and warming, just like the people of Morocco! Made with basmati rice, caramelized onions, dried fruit, almonds, orange zest, an…

Moroccan Rice in a black bowl with orange, pomegranate seeds, and almonds.
This Moroccan Rice Pilaf is like taking a walk through the souks in Marrakesh. Fresh, vibrant, lively flavors, so colorful and warming, just like the people of Morocco! Made with basmati rice, caramelized onions, dried fruit, almonds, orange zest, and pomegranate seeds infused with Moroccan spices, it is sure to take you there!

Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Bowls

You’ll love these roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Bowls! Spiced cauliflower and chickpeas served over Moroccan rice with spinach, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. A tasty wholesome dinner bursting with flavor! Vegan-adaptable.

You'll love these roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Bowls! Spiced cauliflower and chickpeas served over Moroccan rice with spinach, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. A tasty wholesome dinner bursting with flavor! Vegan-adaptable.
You'll love these roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Bowls! Spiced cauliflower and chickpeas served over Moroccan rice with spinach, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. A tasty wholesome dinner bursting with flavor! Vegan-adaptable.

Coconut Millet Bowls

Here is one of our favorite millet recipes!  Coconut Millet Bowls with berbere-spiced kabocha squash, chickpeas, shallots, and spinach, drizzled with a coconut lime sauce. Packed full of flavor this vegan, plant-based meal,  is wholesome and nourishing…

Coconut Millet Bowl with Berbere-Spiced Kabocha Squash, chickpeas, shallots, and spinach drizzled with coconut lime mint sauce.  A vegan, plant-based meal, full of vibrant flavor and spice.
Here is one of our favorite millet recipes!  Coconut Millet Bowls with berbere-spiced kabocha squash, chickpeas, shallots, and spinach, drizzled with a coconut lime sauce. Packed full of flavor this vegan, plant-based meal,  is wholesome and nourishing! Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.~ Hafiz Looking for delicious millet recipes? We…