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Sunshine Rice

Updated on March 25, 2014

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This is a wonderful dish for a light lunch or dinner, use items from leftovers or the pantry to make a tasty one-dish meal! It has a light citrus flavor with just a bit of heat, not too spicy-- but top it off with some hot sauce for a zing. It's also great as a side for chicken or fish; just omit the ham!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 servings


  • 1 c. cooked rice, (Leftover fragrant rice work best. I use Basmati)
  • ½ c. cubed cooked ham
  • 1 ½ tbsp. butter
  • Aprox. ½ c. of water
  • 3-4 sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of fresh or 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Heat butter in medium sized skillet on med-low.
  2. Add ham and sautee for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Add enough water to cover bottom of pan, let cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice and spices, stir up mixture, cook another 2-3 minutes (add remaining water if rice starts to dry).
  5. Stir in green onions and reduce heat to low, let simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Serve alone or with a poached egg on top; enjoy!


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