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Slow-Cooker Spring Rice Pilaf

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16

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. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

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 frozen sweet peas, thawed
1/2
cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/3
cup slivered almonds, toasted
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Steps

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  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
Calories from Fat
30
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
5%
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
220mg
9%
Potassium
130mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
6%
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 Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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