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Basil Brown Rice with Lemon and Peas

The basil brown rice with lemon and peas dish is an easy side full of spring flavor and great for weeknight meals.
Basil brown rice with lemon and peas

Say hello to spring in your mouth.

This year it seems to have gotten that whole lion and lamb saying mixed up, having graced us with sunny skies, warm temps and green buds in the beginning of last month and now deciding to go backwards. Those green buds have turned brown from frost and I’m back to wearing fleeces on our daily walks.

Basil brown rice

When we lived in Florida and I wanted to move back to NY, the first thing I would say when people asked me why would be, “I miss the change of seasons.”

I wish someone would’ve slapped then me and reminded me that the “change of seasons” is bullshit. It’s cold then hot, it gets your hopes up, then it crushes them. It’s pretty much like an abusive relationship where every time (or year) you think it might just get a little better, but it never does. Every year I think maybe the leaves might actually be out for my birthday and every year I get daffodils and flowering fruit trees at best. People say you just need to get out of relationships like that.

Basil brown rice with lemon

I agree.

Until then, I’ll be shoving this lemony, basil rice and pea side dish down my throat to at least summon spring in my food.

Lemony basil brown rice with peas

Mother Nature can kiss it because I’ve got her beat. At least in the kitchen.

Basil Brown Rice with Lemon and Peas

Basil Brown Rice with Lemon and Peas

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The basil brown rice with lemon and peas dish is an easy side full of spring flavor and great for weeknight meals.


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Combine rice, peas, basil, spices and zest in a large bowl.
  2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Pour dressing over rice and peas and mix together.
  4. Flavors will deepen the longer this sits so it's a great make ahead side dish.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 974.33Total Fat: 8.94gCarbohydrates: 192.94gProtein: 27.45g


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Friday 1st of February 2013

Hey I was wondering how much olive oil to use? Is it 1/4 cup?

Running to the Kitchen

Friday 1st of February 2013

yes, 1/4 cup. sorry about that, going to edit the post now!


Friday 13th of April 2012

We always have brown rice, but I just steam it and that's it for us. Now, I can do something amazing with it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Heidi @ Food Doodles

Thursday 12th of April 2012

I'm seriously laughing about how you compared the change of seasons to an abusive relationship. SO hilarious! And true! Especially since we had a super hot summery(not even spring - it was summery!) beautiful day yesterday and then woke up to a rainy gross grey day today :( This rice sounds so yummy - I've been on a huge rice kick lately and actually just cooked up a big pot of it this morning. Perfect timing!

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