Slow-Cooker Spring Rice Pilaf

Slow-Cooker Spring Rice Pilaf

Fortify standby long-grain rice with a colorful mix of vegetables—carrots, sweet peas, red bell pepper. Toasted almonds bring surprising crunch to this tasty and pretty spring-fresh side.

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

3:10

Hrs:Mins

Makes

16

servings

3
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
cups uncooked regular long-grain rice
1/3
cup finely chopped onion
1/2
teaspoon salt
3 1/2
cups Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-ounce carton)
1/2
cup water
1
cup julienne strips (matchstick-size) carrots
1/2
cup Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen sweet peas, thawed
1/2
cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/3
cup slivered almonds, toasted
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add rice, onion and salt; cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until rice is lightly golden brown. Stir in broth and water. Heat to boiling; remove from heat.
  2. Spray inside of 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour rice mixture into cooker. Stir in carrots. Make sure all rice is under liquid and not sticking to side of cooker.
  3. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 to 2 hours 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in peas and bell pepper. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with almonds and parsley. Rice will hold on Low heat setting up to 2 hours; stir occasionally.
Makes 16 servings (1/2 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Variation
Transform this recipe into a more substantial main dish by adding 1 cup chopped cooked ham along with the peas.
Variation
Use aromatic jasmine rice, which has a slightly flowery flavor, to enhance the fresh spring taste of this side.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 140
    • (Calories from Fat 30),
  • Total Fat 3 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 5mg;
  • Sodium 220mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.