Thursday, January 22, 2015

Side Dish Recipe - Green Rice for 4 Weight Watchers Points



As with everything, you can lessen your portion size or enlarge it and Figure your Weight Watcher points accordingly.  For this Flavorful recipe, I have Figured the points based on long-grain organic brown rice that I used this time for the entire recipe.  The total is 16 points, so dividing the entire batch into four servings gives huge portion sizes at 4 points each.  Divide it further and Figure out your new Fewer points, which is what I do. AND, it's cholesterol friendly because there are 0 mg of cholesterol.

Ingredients:

1 cup long-grain organic brown rice (recipe originally calls for 1 cup white rice)
1 Tbsp. olive oil (I use extra-virgin olive oil)
2 c. 99% fat-free chicken broth
10 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, divided into 2 Tbsp. and 8 Tbsp.
2 Tbsp. chopped green onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions:

In large skillet heat, cook, and stir rice in hot oil until golden over medium heat.  Carefully stir in chicken broth (could be a huge popping, think oil and water here, so go slow!), 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, green onion, an garlic powder into the rice.  Bring to boiling and reduce heat.  Dover and simmer for as long as your rice-package cooking instructions indicate over low heat. Remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining 8 tablespoons of cilantro. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Points: 4 points per serving
Servings: 4 servings

Nutritional Information: 206 calories, 37 g carbohydrates, 44 g protein, 4 g fat, 1 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium. (This nutritional information is based on using white rice, but it's also still 4 points per serving).


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