Almond Rice may take a bit of time to make, but the wait will be worth it. The rice will be tender and practically melt in your mouth.

Almond Rice Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Ready In: 6 hrs

Servings: 6

Ingredients
1 cup long-grain Brown Rice
2 cup Water
1 tbsp low-sodium Bouillon Granules
2 tbsp Almonds or Pine Nuts, silvered
2 tbsp grated Lemon Zest

Directions
In a medium-size saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil. Turn off heat and let rice stand in water, covered, six hours.
When ready to cook, add bouillin granules and brine to a boil. Cook ten minutes until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
Drain, if necessary.
Add almonds and lemon zest. Let stand a few minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.

Tips & Notes
Brown rice is a nutty, earthy flavored whole grain rice that is an ideal replacement for high carbohydrate white rice. Brown rice is still a member of the grain family, however, and does contribute carbohydrates. Be sure to account for them properly to reduce the impact on your blood sugar.
Every 1 cup of cooked rice is the equivalent of two carbohydrate choices on the diabetic meal plan. Each carbohydrate choice will cause a moderate rise in blood sugar, and brown rice is no exception. The added whole grains and dietary fiber will slow the process, however, causing a more gradual increase in blood sugar. Diabetics who use insulin should account for each serving of brown rice, measuring insulin accordingly.
Brown rice is cholesterol free, and has no trans fats, sodium or gluten. The potassium, B vitamins and iron supplied are necessary nutrients. It can be cooked in low-sodium chicken broth to add flavor and protein without unnecessary salt.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 96
Total Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 120mg
Total Carbohydrates: 10g
Protein: 2g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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