During Spring break this year, we went to visit my grandparents in North Carolina. My daughter loves to go, because their neighbors have her favorite things, dogs and a girl her age. Sometimes I am not sure which she likes better. She loves to play with the girl next door, and sometime we only see her for brief glimpses throughout the day. She can pretty much come and go as she pleases. In contrast to our home where people love to drive their car about 55 mph on our small street! As a result, I would really love to strangle them.
If she isn’t playing then she is looking for Hercules, the other neighbor’s dog, to come out. Whenever he knows she is there, he tries to make a beeline for her. Being a particularly very-well trained dog (unlike our dog), he dutifully walks to the back of the yard to do his business. Of course, his head is practically spun 180• as he tries to keep on eye on Ly. He almost walks sideways like a crab, and when he is finally done, he is dismissed and instantly runs right to her. I think the treat she has in your hand might have something to do with it. Ly giggles and runs around with him. They are such a cute pair. One year Ly left her large pink princess ball for Hercules, as he is a champion soccer playing dog. It is amazing what he can do with a ball. He surprisingly seems to remember that he loves to play soccer with Ly.
In addition to the dogs and her friend, she really enjoys spending time with her great-grandparents. Specifically, she loves to sit on the porch and eat dinner. One night my grandmother made some lemon rice with mint. It was fresh and bright, the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken. Later when I came home I used her recipe to inspire this one particular one. Of course, I added a little onion and garlic for my husband, who believes all food should have garlic. Likewise, fresh lemon juice and mint are the key to this simple and healthy side dish. Put it on your weeknight dinner menu with some grilled chicken, pork or even fish. As a result, your dinner will be divine.
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Lemon Rice Pilaf with Mint
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 2 lemons zested and juiced
- 3-3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tbsp mint
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add the oil and onions. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and salt, cook for another minute.
Add the rice and toast for 5 minutes.
Pour lemon juice into a measuring cup and add chicken broth to measure 3 3/4 cups.
Add to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until rice is done and liquid is absorbed.
Fluff with a fork and stir in lemon zest and mint.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher smart points.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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