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 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16

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.

Expert Tips

Transform this recipe into a more substantial main dish by adding 1 cup chopped cooked ham along with the peas.

Use aromatic jasmine rice, which has a slightly flowery flavor, to enhance the fresh spring taste of this side.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
30),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
220mg
220%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
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.