Apricot and Mushroom Rice Pilaf

There are three things I like about today’s recipe:  It’s a great comfort food for this time of year, it’s gluten-free, and it’s super easy and nutritious (Why else would I make it?)  I found it on the Whole Foods Website and made a few minor adjustments.  The WF blog is one of my go-to places for healthy recipes, so check it out if you’re in need of a little  holiday inspiration.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped herbs (I used fresh cilantro and thyme and dried parsley)
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preparation Instructions:

  • In a medium pot, sauté mushrooms and both types of onions in a little oil over medium-high heat.

Stir often, about 6-8 minutes.

  • Stir in rice, broth, salt & pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is completely absorbed, about 45 minutes.
  • Remove covered pot from heat and let sit 10 minutes; uncover and fluff with fork.

Brown rice is rich in fiber and antioxidants.

  • Transfer to large bowl, add apricots, walnuts, herbs and vinegar.
  • Toss to combine.  Serve and enjoy!

There’s nothing like adding walnuts and apricots to give a hum-drum recipe some fall pizazz!

I served the pilaf with baked tilapia and green beans.

Brown rice is packed full of nutrition, but if it’s not your thing, you could always swap it out for cous-cous, quinoa or bulgur.  You can serve it with a nice green salad for a simple vegetarian meal, or it would go great beside my Walnicot Chicken Delight!

I hope you give this simple, healthy dish a try this holiday season!

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