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Spiced Orzo Pilaf

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
This pasta is cooked in a manner similar to traditional rice pilaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 280
  • caloriesfromfat 15 %
  • fat 4.6 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 7.6 g
  • carbohydrate 55 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 534 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add cinnamon, cumin, and paprika; cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in broth, orzo, orange juice, and garlic; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Stir in dates and next 4 ingredients (through pepper); cook, uncovered, 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Stir in chopped carrot, fresh cilantro, and fresh lemon juice.