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Compliments of Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Rice Pilaf

  • 1-1/2 cup brown rice (I use Basmati Rice by Lundburg Farms)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tart apple (like Granny Smith) - wash, dice into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • teaspoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • While rice is cooking (takes ~45-50 minutes), melt butter in saucepan. Add apples and raisins to melted butter and heat until fruit is slightly softened.
  • When rice is done cooking, fluff with fork. Season with salt and pepper. (I omitted this step accidentally and didn't miss it at all.)
  • Turn into serving dish and then top with apple-raisin mixture.

Makes about 5 cups of rice. Serve as a side dish with any entree like salmon, chicken, or tofu. (save about 2 cups to make rice pudding the next day, or even that evening.)