Dish to Pass: Recipe!

I first of all want to thank for reaching out to me to participate in their website! Be sure to check out their recipe page here! They have some healthy and delicious recipes; I cannot wait to try a few of them out!

When asked about sharing a “Dish to Pass” I began to think about the holidays coming up and all the great side dishes that we enjoy during festive gatherings. I always love tasting different side dishes and think about the best way to make them healthier!

Last week while doing my weekly shopping haul at Trader Joes I stumbled upon this Brown Rice Medley (a blend of: Long Grain Brown Rice, Black Barley, and Daikon Radish Seeds). I typically purchase their Tri-Color Quinoa but at $5.99 a bag it can get pricey! It’s also fun to change things up and not eat the same old, same old! I decided to compare labels and found the nutritional values to be very similar:

Tri-Color Quinoa Brown Rice Medley
Calories 160 160
Fat 2.5 g 0.5.g
Carbs 30 g 33 g
Sugars 3 g 0 g
Protein 6 g 6 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g 5 g

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When I saw that there was the same amount of protein and the price- $1.99, I was sold!

Then I started thinking about flavors that I enjoy together and what I could do with this rice as a side dish. My Dad makes an Italian Dish called Pasta Con Sarde for St. Joseph’s Day, which is made with thick tube pasta with a fennel, currant, pine nut and anchovy sauce (haha NO worries this recipe does not have anchovies). I love the fennel flavor and I am such a raisin (currant) girl so I began to brainstorm my side dish: Run2Golden’s Currant, Fennel, Pine-Nut Brown Rice Medley.

I will share with you the recipe, steps and some more nutritional information below!


  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley
  • 1 can of Chicken Broth plus ½ cup of water
  • 1 Fennel
  • About ½ a cup of Pine Nuts
  • About ½ a cup of Currants
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Step 1: Bring 1 can of chicken broth plus ½ cup of water to a boil.

Step 2: Add in 1 cup of Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 35 minutes or so, until the rice is cooked.

Step 3: While rice is cooking, chop up the white part of the fennel.


Step 4: In a pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil, heat, and then add in chopped fennel, add salt and pepper, and sauté.

Step 5: After stirring and sautéing for about 5 minutes or until it becomes more translucent (it will not get as translucent as an onion) add in about ½ a cup of pine nuts and continuing sautéing.


Step 6: After sautéing for about another 5 minutes until the mixture begins to brown a little, remove from the heat and keep covered.

Step 7: Once rice is cooked, remove from the heat, then add in the fennel and pine nut mixture and stir together.


Step 8: Add in about ½ a cup of currants and stir all together.


You have your side dish!

*Note: You could use any brown rice of your choice as well as raisins in place of the currants! Also, fennel has a faint black licorice taste to it as well, which goes really nicely in this combination!

 Nutritional Benefits to this Dish:

-This side dish has healthy carbs, fat and a vegetable!

-The Brown Rice Medley has whole grains, 6 g of protein and is a healthy carbohydrate, which is very important for athletes (especially us runners who are carbo-loading!)

-Fennel is a great source of Vitamin C, Fiber, Folate and Potassium

– Pine Nuts are a great source of fat and Vitamin E

Serving Suggestions:

-My family and I enjoyed it alongside a roasted chicken and roasted broccoli:


-Bring it to a Friendsgiving as an alternative to all the typical Thanksgiving side dishes!

-Add in Italian Chicken Sausage to make it a complete meal!

Enjoy and let me know if you get a chance to try this recipe out! Thanks again to for the opportunity to create a “Dish to Pass!”



3 thoughts on “Dish to Pass: Recipe!

    1. Hi Kelly- that is so strange! They liked my post but then never featured it on their website, which I was confused about. I read your post and I completely agree how frustrating it is. I spent time, money, and to be honest even a little stress to get the recipe done, and I didn’t even get any recognition on their website. It’s great that you have had a positive experience with other companies. Arctic Zero has been great to me! I would love to work with other companies too! Like you, I don’t get paid for the blog but enjoy trying new things! It was just so weird to do that work and then…nothing. Thanks for commenting- sorry you got roped in too. :-/

      1. I think this is becoming a trend for businesses – I’ve since gotten two more solicitations from other companies to write blog posts for them on a specific topic, with pretty vague mentions of how they’ll actually promote those posts. I think “community managers” for many companies are using this strategy to get their name out on various blogs without needing to offer a lot in return. I’ll be asking more questions in the future before I participate again!

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