Monday, June 15, 2009

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

This is a simple recipe, but something I make often, that is easy, and I love it.

1 package Rice-A-Roni Rice Pilaf (or store-brand... which is what i use...)
3 tbsp butter or 1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups water
1 small onion, chopped
10 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas (sugar snap peas work well, too!)
1/4 cup celery, chopped
Garlic Powder, to taste
2 tsp Parsley Flakes
Pepper, to taste

(you can use whatever veggies you like, fresh or frozen... this is just what i usually have on hand... you can also make this a main dish by adding any kind of cooked meat, like pork or chicken)

Melt the butter (or heat the olive oil) on medium heat.
Brown the rice/pasta, stirring frequently.
Once brown, add the water, seasoning packet, and vegetables.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer.
Simmer for 17-25 minutes, adding the parsley, pepper, and garlic powder about halfway through. Stir often.

My review: Yum. This makes an easy meal, and for some reason, I just love its flavor. It's a nice easy side dish for a weeknight.