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Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice

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This Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice recipe was created in partnership with Fisher Nuts.

I don’t know about you but I have herbs growing like crazy right now. I finally found the sweet spot around my home as far as where my herbs thrive and grow well. While they need plenty of sun, a little shade really helps keep them from burning up and drying out in the summer heat. A spot where the sun is filtered through the shade of a tree and close enough to a hose for easy watering (they need lots of watering, especially if they are in pots like mine) is the perfect location for healthy happy herbs. I’ve definitely learned to move my potted herbs around over the years until I find that sweet spot.

So when you have a ton of herbs, what do you do with them? Well, it’s pretty obvious what to do with some of them (I’m looking at you, basil). Something I tend to do often take some clippings from a few different herbs and add them to recipes for a fresh boost of flavor, like in this Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice.

Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice | Aggie's Kitchen #ThinkFisher

My family loves brown rice and I try to make it for them weekly to serve as a side dish. Plain brown rice can get boring so a handful of fresh herbs and a little crunch from toasted sliced almonds really adds a nice burst of flavor and texture.

Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice | Aggie's Kitchen #ThinkFisher

I love using simple ingredients like Fisher Nuts sliced almonds in recipes like this. I always have bags of a variety of nuts ready to use in my refrigerator – I find storing them in the fridge after opening keeps them fresh.

This Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice makes a perfect side dish for summer – serve it with your favorite grilled chicken recipe, grilled fish or even a nice steak. We enjoyed it with a stir fry that was packed with summer veggies.

Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice | Aggie's Kitchen #ThinkFisher

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Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup Fisher sliced almonds, toasted
  • large handful of fresh herbs, about 1 1/2 cup (I used basil, parsley, oregano), roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to directions. When ready fluff with a fork and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Gently stir in toasted sliced almonds, herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve alongside grilled chicken, fish or steak.

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21 Responses to “Toasted Almond Herbed Brown Rice”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted June 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I WISH I had herbs growing like crazy right now, but I have a black thumb. I actually killed a cactus once, NO LIE.
    This rice though?! YES. I bet my brown-rice-hating hubby would devour this with all that crunchy, nutty and herby goodness! Pinned!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:38 am

      I have actually killed a cactus before too. It’s a special talent don’t you think?? 😉 Thanks Taylor – and yes, try it on your husband and see what he thinks! 🙂

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted June 22, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Ahhh..I haven’t planted any herbs yet and I’m kicking myself!! We love adding fresh herbs to rice – we did it this week with a red quinoa and wild rice blend with mint, parsley and scallions. Holy heck. Love the nuts you added!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Get yourself some dirt and pots girl! Oh I love the sound of mint, parsley and scallions. I really need to use mint more, you always inspire me to!

  3. Liz posted June 22, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Oh, I love this gorgeous, refreshing rice salad! I’d be happy to pile a huge portion onto my plate for lunch with lots of almonds for a protein boost!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Thanks Liz – it’s so good and really perfect for summer. Extra almonds for me too 🙂

  4. Erica posted June 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    YUM! I love sliced almonds- they add such a great crunch to so many dishes! This looks just delicious

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Yes! I’m all about the crunch! Thanks Erica!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny posted June 22, 2015 at 9:46 am

    My herbs are growing like crazy too. I usually chop them up and throw them in my morning eggs but I LOVE this simple side dish rice idea. Plus the additional crunch of the almonds is totally selling me on the idea. Looks so good!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Ok, you have me craving some herbs in my eggs!! Why haven’t I done that yet??

  6. Erin@WellPlated posted June 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Yay for herbs! And for sliced almonds too—I love adding them to pretty much anything (including my oatmeal this morning) for extra crunch and protein too. Gorgeous salad Aggie!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Thanks Erin! I use sliced almonds in so much…been loving them in yogurt lately for some crunch 🙂

  7. Olena@iFOODreal - Clean Eating Recipes posted June 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Yes, so true about sweet spot! My first year growing herbs and it is hard! Parsley grows anywhere but everything else…not easy. I don’t know what I’m missing but I will keep trying.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Parsley is a dream, ha ha…and so is mint! Mint always comes back! I have a hard time with cilantro and dill. Definitely try to keep them out of strong sun, I find that helps the most. Under a tree or patio is good! (Good luck!!)

  8. Julia posted June 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Fresh herbs in the summer are my favorite! I use them in everything. This rice is so perfect. I love that you used brown rice and the toasted almonds are a great addition. 

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 23, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Julia – fresh herbs in the summer are the best!

  9. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted June 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Summer herbs are my love. Great salad, Aggie – nuts are welcome in EVERY salad around here!

  10. Olena@iFOODreal - Clean Eating Recipes posted June 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    True, I have a hard time with dill and cilantro while min and parsley no problem. Tx for the advice, I will try. Right now they are in a hot sun.

  11. Rachel Cooks posted June 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I get sick of plain rice — this is such a great idea. I bet the almonds add such great flavor and crunch!

  12. Heidi @foodiecrush posted June 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    so simple but wow, you’ve packed in the flavors. I love the nuts added in, I’m always a fan of different textures in my bites.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      I’m the same with texture! Thanks Heidi!

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