Rice is one of the most consumed foods in the world and the variety of preparations is almost endless. Many enjoy a combination of rice and vegetables but if you want to up the flavor Roasted Vegetable Rice is something you want to try.
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Combining vegetables with rice is good however taking the time to roast your vegetables first adds flavor, texture, and depth to the dish, and choosing high-quality rice is a game-changer! Roasted Vegetable Rice can stand on its own as a vegetarian entree or can be used as a vehicle for your favorite meats like pork tenderloin, roasted chicken, meat roast or various kinds of seafood.
Rice is one of those foods that is enjoyed all-year-long. The beauty of this Roasted Vegetable Rice Dish is that you can easily adapt it and use whichever vegetables happen to be in season or that you enjoy the most. Roasting vegetables can also turn out of season or so-so veggies into flavor bombs.
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For this recipe of Roasted Vegetable Rice, I chose the RiceSelect Royal Blend which is a combination of Texmati, White, Brown and Red Rice. The robust taste, texture, and flavors paired perfectly with the roasted vegetables, which I happened to serve with a seared and roasted pork tenderloin lightly flavored with a lemon-garlic sauce. The combination of the rice blend and the juicy roasted vegetables was satisfying and memorable. Plus its a meatless meal, so you can feel good about feeding your family.
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What’s The Best Way To Cook Rice?
Cooking rice really comes down to how you prefer to cook it. You can choose to use water as the cooking liquid, vegetable, seafood or meat stock or a combination of fruit juice and water. The beauty of rice is that it can be cooked in a variety of ways:
Use a rice cooker- simply set it up, and walk away and a little while later you have perfectly cooked rice!
Use the stove-top method and cook your rice per the packaging instructions in a pot.
You can even cook rice in the oven, you just need to use a boiling hot liquid as you start to cook. I have done this with success and cooked the vegetables and meat atop the rice which I have to say adds some fantastic flavor as the juices from each trickle down into the rice.
How Do I Roast Vegetables?
Roasting vegetables is easy! All you need is a sheet pan and an oven. Simply toss your chosen vegetables in oil and seasoning (or marinate them as you wish) and bake in a 400-degree oven, tossing them occasionally, until done to your liking. Depending on what vegetables you choose, you may wish to add them in various stages throughout the roasting process. For example; tomatoes will cook much faster than beets.
What Can I Pair Roasted Vegetable Rice With?
You can enjoy this recipe for Roasted Vegetable Rice on its own as a meatless entree or top it with any roasted or grilled meat like pork tenderloin, whole fillet, whole chicken or chicken sections, meat kebabs, or a variety of seafood.
I hope you try out this recipe for Roasted Vegetable Rice with the way I wrote it or with the vegetables you enjoy the most! I’d love to see your take on it. Tag me on Instagram #soufflebombay so I can share it with my followers.
Roasted Vegetable Rice
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup grapeseed or olive oil
- Kosher salt & pepper
- Vegetables such as zucchini Vidalia or red onion, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
- Rice cooked to package directions...use vegetable broth in place of water
- Combine oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and allow it to sit 30 minutes. If you have a muddler, muddle the garlic a bit to impart flavor quicker.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prep your chosen vegetables, cutting each type of vegetable in similar sizes to allow for even cooking (leave mushrooms and tomatoes whole if using).
- You want to time the vegetables adding those that cook quicker, later.
- Carrots 30 minutes
- Onions 25-30 minutes
- Zucchini 20 minutes
- Peppers 20 minutes
- Asparagus depending on thickness 15-20 minutes
- Grape tomatoes 15 minutes
- Add those that take longer to cook first.
- Be sure to allow space between vegetables, allowing them to roast instead of steam (use two baking sheets if necessary)
- Toss vegetables as you add them with just a bit of the oil and season with additional salt and pepper.
- Reserve at least 1 TBS of the seasoned oil to use on the rice.
- You can also sprinkle with paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder if you wish as well.
- While vegetable roast, prepare rice according to package directions (using vegetable broth in place of the water).
- Once rice is finished cooking, toss it with 1 TBS of the seasoned oil (or more if it's left), then place the roasted vegetables over-top of the rice. Pour any pan juices over the rice for extra flavor.
Just back into how many people you want it to serve by how much rice you wish to make.
The garlic oil is also delicious on meats you want to roast, especially beef. Just rub the meat with the seasoned oil then salt and pepper it well.