Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare rice according to the package directions.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add carrot; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, parsley, pepper, and salt; cook 1 minute.

Step 3

Bell Pepper and Fennel variation: Prepare rice according to package directions. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper and 1/2 cup diced fennel bulb to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 116 (0% from fat); FAT 4g (sat 7g); SODIUM 156mg

Step 4

Cucumber and Feta variation: Prepare rice according to package directions. Combine cooked rice, 1 cup diced English cucumber, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 149 (0% from fat); FAT 3g (sat 9g); SODIUM 308 mg

Step 5

Tomatoes and Pine Nuts variation: Prepare rice according to package directions. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup pine nuts and 8 quartered cherry tomatoes to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tomatoes are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in rice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Serves 4 (serving size: 1/2 cup) CALORIES 163 (0% from fat); FAT 4g (sat 2g); SODIUM 152mg

Chef's Notes

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