It is a new year and like almost every January I start off trying to eat as healthy as I possibly can. This usually tapers off into cheeseburger tunnel vision by mid-February. However, while on our drive up and down the east coast (woof), my fiancé was listening to Alton Brown’s podcast, which pretty much made me terrified of meat. If you know anything about me, you know one of the top three loves of my life is meat-heartbreaking. So in an effort to each healthier, and my new fear of meat (let’s be honest, I will probably throw caution to the wind before the end of the month) I decided to make this recipe for dinner. Honestly I am not mad at how it turned out, not one bit.
- 1 c uncooked brown rice
- 1 large carrot, about 1/2 c diced
- 1 small white onion, about 1/2 c
- 1 and 1/2 c diced baby potatoes I used red potato type C
- 6 c liquid ( 4 c vegetable broth, 2 c water)
- 2 containers of tomatoes, quartered
- 1 can Cannelloni beans
- 2-3 cups fresh spinach
*This recipe calls for celery, which I despise, but feel free to add one stalk of celery diced if that is your jam.
Begin cooking the brown rice in a separate pot. In recent history i have been burning my brown rice (the pot gets too hot, I am not watching, etc.), so I opted to try this new method. Never going back to the old ways.
Slice carrots into coins, and *dice celery and onion, into a soup pot with some olive oil- sautéing until soft (I got overly excited and accidentally put the potatoes in too- no biggie)
Add the vegetable broth and water, stirring until the cooked on flavor incorporates into the broth. Add cubed potatoes and cook on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or so until the potatoes are almost soft.
Add the chopped tomatoes and the white beans with their juice to the pot, mixing everything together.
Add in spinach and let cook down until soft. Then the drained brown rice to the pot.
Let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper and add more water if you need additional broth liquid.
If you feel like putting the party into this dish top it with some Parmesan!
*Note to self, work on food photography*