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Sunflower Rice

Sunflower Rice

The combination of nutty sunflower seeds and baked rice make this dish more of an unusual pilaf rather than just another bowl of rice. It also offers a great place to get creative with variations; try adding golden raisins or dried apricots, other herbs or vegetables, or cooked legumes to make a wholesome and tasty one-dish meal.

2 cups hot vegetable stock
1 cup basmati rice
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
1 onion, chopped
˝ cup of peas
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
˝ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Handful of chopped fresh herbs (to garnish)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Heat oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes, add cumin seeds and turmeric and sauté for another minute, add rice and cook gently until translucent.

3. Add salt, red pepper and peas and cook for 2 minutes, add stock and sunflower seeds and bring to a boil. Stir once and transfer to ovenproof dish.

4. Cover and bake in oven 20-25 minutes, or until rice has absorbed all liquid.

5. Spring with chopped, fresh herbs before serving (optional)

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Adapted from Grow Your Own Pharmacy by Linda Gray (Findhorn Press, 2007).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:14AM PDT on May 2, 2013


8:15AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

oo! sounds so good!

8:35PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Looks delicious and wonderful.

7:15AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:46AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you :)

12:59AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks Melissa.

7:14PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Sounds yum, thanks Melissa :)

3:51PM PDT on May 25, 2012


10:20AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Thanks for the recipe Melissa.

11:54AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Interesting idea.

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