This rice pilaf recipe makes a wonderful side dish for almost any main course!
Rice Pilaf is one of those dishes I rarely got as a child, but really closed in on when I did get to enjoy a bit. All I knew was that I loved it and wanted more than the small portion on my plate.
As an adult, it’s something I remember fondly, but always considered it too difficult or complicated to make at home. But the truth is, if you have all the ingredients, it comes together pretty easily. I found this recipe recently from A Family Feast, and figured I’d take a shot at “cleaning it up”.
Truth be told, it really didn’t need all that much adjustment. But I was in a hurry to get ready for company coming over, so I really simplified things by using garlic and onion powder instead of chopping the fresh stuff. But feel free to use them if you prefer. You would just sauté them with the brown rice before adding the Orzo. I also didn’t have a dutch oven handy, so I used a cast iron pan and made it on the stove top instead. I don’t care for thyme, so I changed the spices a bit as well. And with all that, it still turned out delicious!!
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CLEAN EATING SKILLET RICE PILAF RECIPE:
A deliciously clean side dish you'll enjoy with many different main courses!
- 1/2 cup dry whole wheat orzo pasta
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
- 1 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
- 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium, no sugar added)
- salt and pepper to taste
Put the orzo in a dry pan, and roast it for 3-5 minutes. It will turn slightly golden. Pour into a heat-safe dish and set aside.
In the same skillet, combine the oil, rice garlic powder and onion powder. Sauté for approximately 2-3 minutes.
Add the orzo back in along with the chicken broth.
Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked.
Immediately after turning the heat off, stir in the basil and tarragon and allow to sit and cool for a bit.
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.