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Basmati Pilaf With Almonds and Cilantro

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
What inevitably comes to mind when you think of side dishes? Rice, no doubt. There are a lot of varieties out there, but we like basmati--also known as "popcorn rice" because of it's unique flavor and aroma--the best. It's' the perfect foundation for the bold flavors of cilantro and green onions.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 258
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 0.8 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 8.4 g
  • carbohydrate 40.7 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 540 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds, and sauté for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the rice and garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the water and broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and the remaining ingredients.