Rice Pilaf with Peas and Green Beans
1. Begin cooking the rice using your favorite method. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil enough water to cover the peas and green beans, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are tender but firm. Drain.
3. In a heavy-bottomed nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions and sauté for 3 minutes, until the onions are soft. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the cooked vegetables, rice, and salt, and mix well. Simmer over low heat for a few minutes to blend the flavors.
4. Garnish with the cilantro and serve warm.
The special aromatic basmati rice makes this a delicious mild pilaf. If you cannot find basmati, use extra-long-grain rice instead.
PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 45 minutes SERVES: 4
Per Serving : 339 calories; 8g protein; 61g carbohydrates; 7g fat, 107mg sodium; 0mg cholesterol; 5g fiber
2 cups basmati rice
3 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas, cooked
2 (1-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 (10 oz.) package frozen French-style green beans
2 whole cloves
2 Tbsp. light vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro