Yes it’s convenient to throw a box of rice pilaf into your basket as you pass by the pasta section of the store. However, once you see how easy it is to make your own homemade rice pilaf you may just pass that section next time. This particular time I made it with a package of frozen veggies however during the Summer when the veggies are in season it’s so fun to make it from scratch by using those fresh veggies from the garden. Feel free to use whatever kinds of veggies your family enjoys. I love throwing in fresh herbs to give it an even fresher taste. When you make it homemade you can almost “feel” less bloat. Look at the sodium on the back of a box of rice pilaf from the store! You will be amazed. I promise it’s super easy. My kids love it because they pick out the veggies they like and better yet it’s easier for little ones to eat because it’s not just “rice” going onto that kid fork. I’m all about saving myself from less rice hitting the floor! If you wanted to use fresh carrots, zucchini, peas, etc etc. just choose veggies that cook the same amount of time and sauté them in olive oil while the rice is boiling or I’ve even steamed them in a steamer in the microwave while the rice is cooking. Sorry for the horrible pictures, it was a bad day!
- 2 bags of white or brown rice (I like family sized bags)
- 1 bag of frozen veggies (I used a mixed veggie)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 tbsp. of butter or 4 tbsp of olive oil
- 3-4 tbsp of fresh parsley
- In a medium sauce pan combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of broth and bring to a boil. Add the rice and cook according to the package directions. Drain set aside.
- In a another medium sauce pan boil the other cup of water and broth and pour in the frozen veggies. Cook according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large serving bowl mix the veggies with the cooked rice and add the butter. Mix to combine well. Add fresh parsley mix again. Top with some more fresh parsley.