Veggie rice pilaf with more veggies than rice makes a healthy high fiber easy weeknight dish. I made a huge batch for a potluck at work today and it’s one of the easiest dishes I know how to make. I am not a huge fan of rice nutrition and health wise since it is high carb but since I grew up on it, it’s like comfort food to me and it’s hard to totally give it up. When you mix rice with nuts, fat and veggies it makes it lower GI than plain white rice and as long as you don’t eat too much it can be a healthy side. This veggie rice pilaf has so much veggie in it, it’s almost overpowers the rice. Eat it as meal, as a side or stuff it into peppers for a fancy dish. I used long grain basmati rice which has the lowest GI (glycemic index) of any rice except brown basmati. I use a mix of veggies (usually whatever is available at home) and sometimes I use a frozen mixed veggie pack. I cook the rice and veggie mix separately and then just mix them up together. It’s quick and easy. For a special occasion I make a fruit nut rice pilaf and when we need picnic food, I make my lemon nut rice! We don’t eat a lot of rice, but when we do I like to savor, enjoy it and veggie rice pilaf is one of my favorite rice dishes.
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