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)


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)


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!

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    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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