Friday, August 5, 2011

Brown Rice Medley with Lemon-Parsley Dijon Vinaigrette

Paul usually works a couple of evenings per month so on those nights I end up cooking for just me.  I usually find myself throwing dinner together on a whim.  Lately it’s been this avocado pasta or this cous cous salad but I found this brown rice medley at Trader Joe’s and it was calling my name.

I had no idea how to dress it but I have been thinking about this vinaigrette that Paul’s mom makes.  It’s so simple but extremely flavorful.  So I put my spin on that by adding some soy sauce, green onions and water chestnuts.  It turned out really flavorful and full of different textures.  I added some chopped walnuts and garnished with a little extra parsley and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner for one!

I tried to talk myself into sleeping in yesterday but then I remembered that I would need to be at work a little later which rules out an evening workout.  So I hopped up and made it to the gym.  I was not really feeling cardio so I did a 12 minute treadmill walk to warm up that looked like this:

Minutes 1-4       4% incline         4.0 pace

Minutes 5-8       6% incline         4.2 pace

Minutes 9-12     8% incline         4.2 pace

It felt good, got my heart pumping, for a few minutes at least, and started the sweat rolling down my cheeks.  After that I followed up with this weight workout:

Total Body Weights
Leg Extension 3 sets of 10; leg extension machine (75#)
Walking Lunges On the indoor track, 3 sets of 10 (each leg)
Calf Raises 3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (15#)
Overhead Shoulder Press 3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (superset with 1 arm row; 12#)
1 Arm Row 3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (superset with overhead shoulder press, 15#)
Bridges 2 sets of 10; 2 sets of 15 second hold
Chest Press 3 sets of 10 with dumbbells (20#)
Single Leg Press 2 sets of 10; leg extension machine (60#)
Plank 60 seconds
Crunches Various kinds, 3 sets of 20

This was a great total body workout and when it was finished I was so glad that I didn’t sleep in!

Question for today:

-What is your favorite thing to cook/eat when you are cooking just for yourself?

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Brown Rice Medley with Lemon-Parsley Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Yield: 2 servings (as a main dish) - 4 servings (as a side dish)

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 can water chestnuts (optional, I like the added texture)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups cooked rice (I used Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley which includes long grain brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds)

Directions:

Cook rice according to package directions.

While the rice cooks, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, parsley, green onion and soy sauce in a medium bowl.

Stir into the cooked rice and add water chestnuts and walnuts. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.

 

 

 

18 Responses to “Brown Rice Medley with Lemon-Parsley Dijon Vinaigrette”

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    Parsley Sage — August 5, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    I'm a cheese on toast kind of girl. I know that sounds a bit boring but it really is my favorite onesy meal :)

    Way to kick workout ass! Keep up the good work :) Buzzed

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    Peggy — August 5, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I definitely love making rice dishes when I'm by myself. Fried rice, pilaf, risotto – I always have leftovers for lunch =)

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    Noelle — August 5, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Healthy dish! Sounds very lovely.

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    Kate@Diethood — August 5, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I don't get into rice…dunno why…it tastes good, but I would rather have orzo. ;) BUT, I bet I would love that rice if you served it with some of that delicious vinaigrette…it sounds yummy-good!

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — August 5, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    When i'm by myself, I'm a huge salad or soup girl! This dish looks amazing!

  6. #
    Sandra — August 5, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Wonderful idea! I love your recipe, looks so delicious!!!

  7. #
    Erin — August 5, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Love rice! Great recipe – so many flavors all together!

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    The Healthy Hippie — August 5, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    LOVE Trader Joe's + Brown Rice! I actually made a split pea soup last night and added a brown rice medley!

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    Tiffany — August 5, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    That vinaigrette sounds amazing!

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    Mandy @ Cater to Me — August 5, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    Usually when I'm alone and feeling indulgent I'll have a nice bowl of cheesy pasta, but if I'm feeling slightly healthy I love a good salad with a poached egg. This rice looks great – I am a Trader Joe's fiend and I love your addition of water chestnuts to this!

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    Tina — August 5, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Brown rice is delicious on its own and the addition of the walnuts and chestnuts sounds heavenly. Bookmarked-yum!

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    Ann — August 5, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    Wow – that sounds delicious and what a work out! Such discipline! I've worked very hard on re-thinking what I eat when I'm alone. It used to be – hmmmm…hubby's working – hot fudge sundae! Now it's a healthy salad and a snack of 1/4 cup of nuts, or something like that. You are my new hero!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 5, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    I've seen this at Trader Joe's too. I don't cook other rice enough – I cook Japanese rice pretty much everyday (if the food is Asian food). I learned that white rice is not healthy (easily gain weight). I should give this a try!

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    Catherine — August 6, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Sounds real good. I love lemon and parsley combo. Blessings, Catherine

  15. #
    Lizzy — August 6, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Looks like a fabulous rice dish, Cassie! And you've just convinced me to go to hot yoga in the morning instead of sleeping in….a week off of exercise should have been enough incentive :)

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    Kim Bee — August 6, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    Good for you for eating healthy when it's just you. I have a tendency to be bad when I'm by myself. Like french fry kind of bad. I have just been horrible this week. No workouts and bad food. Need to remotivate. Is that even a word? Think I'll stop by here for inspiration when I go to grab junk food. Might give me a kick in the butt to get off my butt. lol

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    Manu — August 7, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Deliciously healthy recipe! I love it!!! I often cook rice for myself too!

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    Beth — August 7, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    This looks like a delicious and simple recipe. I don't often eat on my own at dinner, but at lunch I try to keep it healthy.

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