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Monday, June 8, 2009

Rice Medley

Finally weather up here in Michigan is beginning to warm up, and the farmers markets/grocery stores are beginning to bring in the oh-so-good fresh local fruits and veggies. I love Michigan winters and the diverse seasons (I know, I'm ones of "those" crazy people who absolutely LOVE snow and cold!), but one of my favorite things about northern Michigan is the produce that comes out in the summer. My family is addicted to fruits and veggies as it is and when they are locally grown and fresh....ahh you just can't stop us!

This light and summery dish therefore speaks right to us and it becomes no surprise that it has long been a family favorite. My mom and dad had something like it when they lived in Iowa and did not stop experimenting until they created their own spectacular version of what we now call "Rice Medley." It is great anytime, but especially spectacular with fresh summer tomatoes!!! MMM! It is naturally gluten free (with the exception of having to use gluten free soy sauce) and is also a great dish for vegetarians.

1 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice (about 4 1/2 cups cooked)
3-4 large carrots, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 large green pepper
1 container fresh mushrooms, sliced
3-5 tomatoes, sliced
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Cook the rice until chewy (we steam it, but any way works). Dump the cooked rice into the pan and add the shredded carrots. Mix these together, sprinkle with soy sauce, and spread out evenly into the pan. Slice the green peppers and lay out on the rice/carrot mixture. Cover this completely with the sliced mushrooms and then cover with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle the cheese over the top to completely cover everything (you may need more than 2 cups, we just dump and sprinkle)
Place in the oven at 350 F and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown on the edges.

We often just have this dish by itself, but when serving men or if we want to incorporate a bit more protein into the meal, we will often serve it with chicken on the side. We simply cut up chicken breast into strips or stir fry size pieces and saute it in a small amount of soy sauce. Great as well!

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