Posted by: syncopated1 | May 24, 2011

The (adventurous) stomach is the key to happiness.

I found this idea online and threw it together last week, and I was not at all sure about how combining apples and onions would turn out: this is a super delicious and super easy meal that I made for some vegetarian friends, but could also be modified to use chicken or sausage very easily:
Ingredients
Long Grain Brown Rice (higher protein content)
Spinach
Apples
Yellow Onions
Cashews
Raisins
Balsamic Vinegar
Seasonings
Cook the rice according to directions, I used 1 large onion and 2 apples per person I was cooking for.
Cut Apples and Onions into 1/4 inch pieces and then sautee in large pan with balsamic vinegar and cashews and raisins until onions are clear. This dish cooks fast so I would start sautee-ing about 15 minutes before your rice is done on a medium heat. Balsamic Vinegar also gets hot fast so watch out.
Season to taste, you want to match the flavor of the apples as opposed to the onions here are the onions will take on the flavor of the other items; that’s why I suggest brown sugar, cumin, ginger, really earthy/base flavors.
As the timing of everything else comes to a close (about 7 minutes from serving), put 1/2 an inch of water in a large pot with a lid, turn to medium heat and toss in fresh spinach. If timed right this will give you very warm, but still very crunchy spinach.
To present when serving ring the spinach around a bed of the rice on large dinner plates and spoon the sauteed bits onto the rice. Serve with an apple wine or a wheat bear.
Strawberry/Rhubarb pie makes an excellent dessert for this meal.
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