This easy vegan lemon rice recipe is a lovely way to dress up plain rice! The citrus flavor burst is light and fresh and pairs beautifully with sautéed asparagus (instructions included) or many other veggies and legumes!
First dice the onion and sauté’ in a skillet over low heat until soft (3-4 minutes).
Now add the rice and sauté until the rice grains turn an opaque white, while stirring frequently. (about 5 minutes).
Now add water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, vegetable bullion (or vegan Chicken broth powder), turmeric, saffron, and salt. Bring the rice to a boil over medium heat.Then place lid on the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until water is all gone.
While the rice is cooking prepare the asparagus by first cutting or breaking off hard ends. Then cut asparagus spears in 1 inch lengths at an angle.Add 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and saute’ over low heat in a tablespoon of oil for 5-7 minutes or until fork-tender.
When the rice has finished cooking, turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork, top with sautéed asparagus and garlic. Salt to taste, and serve with an extra squeeze of fresh lemon! Garnish with vegan parmesan if you like!
HOW LONG WILL LEMON RICE LAST?
Lemon Rice will keep in a covered dish in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze in small portions and reheat as desired for meal prep ahead!
Vegan Bullion or Vegan Chicken Seasoning is referred to in the recipe. My favorites are: