Hunger is the mother of invention

A near-empty larder can result in some interesting platefuls.  Sometimes, the results are good enough that I later shop with the specific intent of repeating them. Here’s one success story:

Toast some rice and chopped nuts in butter. Add salt and water. Bring to boil, cover, simmer until done, let rest a bit. Add some lemon juice, a whole bunch of green stuff, chopped, and some white stuff. Stir gently and correct seasonings. Serve warm or cool.

My first, desperate (yet delicious) version made use of walnuts, garlic, some past-its-prime arugula, Greek yogurt. The most recent variation (below) had pistachios, parsley, lemon zest, ricotta. I’m looking forward to the day when I can serve this with a side of sliced home-grown tomatoes…000_0540

Proportions of (raw) rice : nuts : water : white stuff = 2 : 1 : 2-3 : 2

**Cooking science tip: the addition of lemon or some kind of acid, besides being tasty, helps keep the greens bright.

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