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Green Rice with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh herbs and vegetables add flavor and color to this rice recipe that’s ready in 40 minutes – a perfect side dish.

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

Pumpkin Seeds

1/3
cup raw unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), pine nuts or slivered almonds
1
tablespoon olive oil

Rice

1/2
cup tightly packed fresh cilantro (stems and leaves)
1/2
cup tightly packed fresh parsley (stems and leaves)
1
medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1
small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
jalapeño chile, seeded
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/4
teaspoon ground cumin
2 3/4
cups water
3
tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2
cups uncooked regular long-grain rice

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Directions

  • 1 In 8-inch skillet, heat pumpkin seeds and 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until seeds are lightly toasted. (Watch carefully—they can burn quickly.) Use slotted spoon to remove pumpkin seeds from pan and cool on paper towel-lined plate.
  • 2 In food processor or blender, puree cilantro, parsley, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chile, salt, cumin and water until smooth; set aside.
  • 3 In 3-quart saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat until hot. Add rice and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly translucent around edges. Add pureed liquid and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork and stir in pumpkin seeds. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
360mg
360%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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