Leftover Brown Rice with Peas and Pomegranates


So the night I was sick we ordered chinese food for dinner and with Chinese food comes leftover rice. You know the rice that comes on the side of every menu item that no one ever seems to eat because you ordered fried rice or noodles on the side anway? Yea, that rice. The stuff that usually gets tossed.

Well I like to look at it as someone just delivered me cooked rice and says, “Here, make something.”

So I did…

Leftover Brown Rice with Peas and Pomegranates

Yesterday when I was feeling better and The Boys were munching on their own leftovers, I used the rice to whip up a quick light lunch. I’ve made a similar dish to this before using bulgur and it always turns out great. Basically this was a super quick single serving version using what I had on hand.

Leftover Brown Rice with Peas and Pomegranates The peas and pomegranate make a great combo visually and tastily!

If pomegranates are new to you check out this old post. Little Guy and I took the leap and tried them about 5 years ago and now we’re both hooked!

Here’s what I did to make the “salad…”

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Dash of Garlic Powder
  • Dash of minced onion (or onion powder)
  • 1/4 tsp grown ginger
  • 1 packet of soy sauce or 2 tsp
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Arils

Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Add all the ingredients except the pomegranates and cook until well blended and warmed through.

Leftover Brown Rice with Peas and Pomegranates  - in skillet

Turn off the heat, add the pomegranate and toss everything together.

Pour onto a plate and enjoy!

Leftover Brown Rice with Peas and Pomegranates  - steam

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
205 2g 7g old: 3.5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
9g 0g 41g 7g
Posted in: 4 WWP, 5 WWPP, Dinner Ideas, Lunch Ideas, Salad Ideas, Side Dish Ideas, Vegetarian Ideas
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6 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Jackie

    I’m just jealous that your Chinese place actually serves brow rice. When I ordered brown rice (from the only joint in town) they gave me fried rice without the veggies or meat. Yuck.

    If you have leftover rice, instead of tossing it, just put it in a ziplock, flatten and freeze. Then you’ve got super quick brown rice and you don’t have to buy it again. That’s what I have started doing every time I use my rice cooker. And it’s come in handy more than once.

    Happy New Year! And I am doing the dietbet thing with you. Thanks for posting and putting it out there.

  2. Amanda

    Which do you like better- this, or the leek, carrot, and cabbage fried rice? :) Have made this many times and absolutely love it. Haven’t made the other, I’ve just had it bookmarked forever.

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