Dishes like this Brown Rice Broccoli and Sausage Pilaf are my favourite. Not only is it made in three easy steps, with very few ingredients, and made in one pot, but its flavor is also slightly exotic.
Cumin has to be one of my favourite spices, and if you’re new to cumin, this dish serves as a great introduction. Sauteing the broccoli with the cumin is a way of subtly incorporating the flavor into this dish without overpowering the taste buds. This dish is relatively healthy, using brown rice and broccoli as its main components, I added in sausage to please my sister and father – but feel free to leave it out if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.
Brown Rice Broccoli and Sausage Pilaf
Recipe by Lou
1 cup brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 large head of broccoli, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 tsp ground cumin
3-5 chicken, turkey or pork sausage links, cut into 1 inch pieces
Chop broccoli into bite size pieces. Finely dice garlic.
Step 1, cook the broccoli. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat in a medium pot (this pot will be used to cook the rice as well). Saute broccoli and cumin for 5-8 minutes, making sure broccoli is cooked through. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or so until fragrant. Remove to a plate using a slotted spoon and reserve.
Step 2, cook sausages. Add 1/2 tbsp more oil to the pan if necessary, fry sausage pieces until fully cooked. Remove to the same plate as broccoli and reserve.
Step 3, cook rice. If necessary add the remaining 1/2 tbsp of oil to the pan. Toast rice for a minute. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, or until no water remains and rice is fully cooked. Add the broccoli and sausage back to the rice and stir to combine.