1. Preheat oven to 450°. Toss together first 7 ingredients until vegetables are well coated. Place vegetables in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan.
2. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Stir vegetables, and bake 20 more minutes or until slightly crisp and golden.
3. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir together rice, almonds, and hot vegetables.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Uncle Ben's Ready Whole Grain Medley Brown and Wild Rice.
To make ahead: Prepare vegetables as directed through Step 2. Let cool completely. Transfer to airtight containers or heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bags, and freeze up to one month. Thaw in refrigerator 8 to 24 hours. Reheat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until thoroughly heated and any extra liquid is reduced. Proceed with recipe as directed, or use vegetables as desired.
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