Broccoli Rice Chowder
If you like creamy chowders this one is for you. What a great way to enjoy the health benefits of broccoli, in the form of a comforting, delicious meal in a bowl!
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
3/4 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
1-1/2 cups broccoli florets
1-1/2 cups Organic Jade Pearl Rice™
1 cup almond milk, or any nondairy milk
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons flour (or arrowroot or kudzu)
1/4 cup water or broth
Garnish: Fresh parsley sprigs
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion. Rub the dried thyme with your fingers to release the flavor from it and add it to the garlic-onion mixture. Add several pinches of the sea salt as well.
Cook and stir for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the onions have softened. Add the broccoli and a small splash of water or vegetable broth if needed to prevent sticking. Cover the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
Add the rice, almond milk and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil uncovered. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the black pepper and remaining sea salt. Adjust seasoning to taste. Mix the flour with the water or broth and add to the chowder. Cook for several minutes or until thickened.
This soup can be served as it is or you can partially blend it by pureeing half of the soup in a blender and returning it to the saucepan. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley sprigs.
Order your Lotus Foods rice online at www.vitaminlife.comor come into our Redmond retail store. Call us at 866-998-8855