Rice & Peas; to weed or not to weed

There is a classic Italian dish, Risi e Bisi, (Rice & Peas) that we love.

It’s a proper risotto and, while easy (like all my risottos) still requires a bit of attention and work. One does have to stir occasionally, and the Parmesan has to be freshly grated.

This isn’t it.

This Rice & Peas requires minimal effort and / or attention. It’s another ‘simple’ dish.

I always have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer. They’re nice to have on hand if one needs an extra veggie for a stir-fry or stew in winter. In summer there are days when the summer squash aren’t quite big enough and the green beans need another day.

There are also days when one just doesn’t feel like cooking….

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Rice & Peas

This is a simple side dish requiring very little work.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (5oz, 150gr) frozen peas
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tbs soy sauce

Instructions

  • Cook rice in broth until done.
  • Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add onion and sauté until tender.
  • Add rice, peas, soy sauce, and stir well to combine.
  • Stir-fry until heated through, 3 – 4 minutes longer. Serve.

Notes

There is no need to thaw the peas. Have the onions in the skillet hot and waiting for the rice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 5.6 g
  • Sodium: 646.3 mg
  • Fat: 7.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg

Keywords: rice, peas

Rice & Peas

Everything is out of the potager now….except the weeds.

My perfectionist self is saying that I need to spend a few hours on my knees in the dirt pulling up all the weeds. I can then add a layer of leaves and have it all nice and tidy for winter.

My lazy self it saying just cover all the weeds with the leaves and hope they die. It will all get rototilled in the spring, the ground can use the plant material as fertilizer and the weeds will come back regardless.

My lazy self sounds much more logical, right?

I’m starting to really like that side of me…..

2 thoughts on “Rice & Peas; to weed or not to weed”

  1. A few prawns or a bit of left over cooked chicken added to the dish and you have a complete meal.

    I concur with your ‘lazy self’. The first year we had a potager here I carefully weeded at the end of autumn. Come Spring I wondered why I’d bothered because I had to start all over again. The only Spring I didn’t have to weed was when our neighbour replaced the back fence. The replacement wasn’t completely chicken proof and they did a very good job before all the holes were sorted out. We never discovered where Thatcher the Scratcher was coming through and she was eventually banned to his mother’s garden!

    • Great idea – and easy. I have been pulling the same perennial weeds (bindweed being one) for all the years I’ve had the potager. I’ve tried killing them, smothering them, and they keep showing up. No point in trying to do the impossible. Now I just deal with them when I see them, which is often. Hoeing helps but I refuse to do gardening in the winter. Which is I don’t grow Brussels sprouts lol
      Chickens…. Hmmmm

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