Brown Rice with Apples
Yield: Makes 4 servings
1 cup brown rice
2 cups apple juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1 apple, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Put rice, juice, cinnamon, raisins and apple into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and then cover with a tight fitting lid. Reduce heat and let simmer until rice has absorbed all of the liquid and is tender, about 30 minutes.
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