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Turmeric Cilantro Rice

The other night I came home to a chicken cooking in my slow cooker, (I’m all about my crockpot) but nothing planned to serve with it. Fail, I know. While racking my brain for a solution I remembered that I had some rice soaking in my fridge—soaking your grains makes them easier to digest and provides up to 400x more nutrients. I typically soak my grains for anywhere between 8-12 hours, so sometimes I forget about them. Like in this case.

With my newly discovered rice in hand, it was time to figure out what to do with it. I like plain rice, but at times it can be a little bland on the palette. So I decided to dazzle it up with some sautéed onion, white wine, chopped fresh cilantro from the garden, turmeric and garlic powder. The result was a side dish too good not to gobble up. I know because I ate mine so quick that I forgot to snap a picture of it… so the image below comes courtesy of Maria Zizka. Feel free to add fresh shimp and cashews to your turmeric cilantro rice as pictured.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I did!



Turmeric Cilantro Rice

Makes 4 servings



1.5 cups short grain brown rice, preferably soaked for 8-12 hours and rinsed well

1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil

1 medium yellow onion

1 glug of white wine

2.5 cups of water

1-2 tablespoons of organic turmeric powder

1-2 tablespoons of organic garlic powder

Sea salt to taste

1/2-1 cup chopped fresh cilantro



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  • In a medium pot add coconut oil over medium heat, then add onion and saute for 5 mins, or until translucent.
  • Once your onion’s are translucent, add rice and stir continuously until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add white wine and let evaporate, then add water and turn your heat down to low and simmer with the lid on for about 40 mins; checking your rice at about the 30 minute mark.
  • If your rice is cooked after 30 mins, but there’s still water left in your pot, drain off your access water then put the lid back on with the burner turned off and let steam for 5 minutes.
  • Once your rice is ready, add turmeric, garlic, sea salt and cilantro. Then stir and enjoy!



Serve with BBQ chicken or fish and your favourite vegetable dish.

Note: If your rice is too sticky or dry you can stir in another tablespoon of coconut oil.


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