Easy Garlic Rice Recipe

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Rice is a great side for any dish. When adding flavor, garlic provides a rich taste that will work well with meats, veggies and more.

Garlic is neither a vegetable, herb or spice. Though it is closest to a vegetable if you must choose one, it belongs in a category all its own and is closely related to the onion or shallot.

Garlic has long been used for spiritual reasons and has also been looked at for its potential to improve health.

It contains several vitamins and nutrients, but these will only be significant if garlic is eaten in large amounts. Some say it can be beneficial in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels to minimize the risk of heart disease. It has also been known to support bone health, improve athletic performance and it contains antioxidants that fight disease.

Garlic is also often used spiritually to ward off powers of good and evil. Most often associated with its abilities to ward off vampires, it is also displayed during celebrations like Iranian New Year. However, Islam does not recommend eating it before going to mosque as it interferes with worship.

It has also been thought that garlic can work as an aphrodisiac to increase sexual desires.

But what garlic may be best known for is its ability to linger causing breath and body odor. It contains sulfur compounds that are slow to digest and therefore, they release gradually over time. Although the smell of garlic is strong, it can be reduced by drinking water, eating parsley and through dental hygiene methods.

Even though the smell of garlic is difficult to get rid of, it is quite delicious and therefore a popular ingredient in many dishes like this garlic rice. Perfect for steak or chicken, garlic rice is a great side dish to add flavor to meals with meat as the main dish. This recipe includes fragrant herbs that blend perfectly with the stronger spices. Add this as a side to your entrees to take your meals to the next level.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced fine
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Directions:

1. Place the oil in a skillet and saute the onions and garlic until golden.

2. Add rice, broth, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil uncovered.

3. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer about 25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir after 15 minutes.

4. Remove bay leaf and stir in the parsley.  Serves 4.