Vegetable Rice Pilaf

I wanted to find a rice recipe that was quick and easy.  I adapted this recipe from The Kitchen Witch a little bit because I didn’t have spinach on hand.  It was a nice change from regular rice and I loved that it added veggies to the mix.  My son especially liked this rice and had second helpings.  I served this simple side dish with the Dijon and Panko-Crusted Salmon and they paired perfectly together.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes.  Add the rice and bouillon granules and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes.  Add the water, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and stir.  Cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer; cook for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let sit for another 5 minutes – don’t remove the lid!

Fluff the rice with a fork, taste and re-season if needed.  Toss in the parsley and mix.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

 

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Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 30 min.

Total Time: 40 min.

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced finely
1/2 cup carrots, diced finely
1/2 cup celery, diced finely
2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 cup of white jasmine rice
1 3/4 cups of water
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes. Add the rice and bouillon granules and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the water, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and stir. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer; cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for another 5 minutes - don't remove the lid!

Fluff the rice with a fork, taste and re-season if needed. Toss in the parsley and mix. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by The Kitchen Witch

 

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19 Responses to “Vegetable Rice Pilaf”

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    Tammy — September 24, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I’ve been making The Kitchen Witch’s Vegetable Pilaf for months now. My husband is hooked on it and we make it almost once a week. We like to have it with Stuffed Salmon. Eating it with the spinach really makes a well rounded flavorful meal. I would recommend this recipe to everyone.

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    gloria — September 24, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Love this rice look stunning Pam!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 24, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    I love quick and easy dishes! And this would be the absolute perfect side dish to almost anything!

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    iulia — September 24, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    It looks tasty!

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    Carmen Rosa — September 25, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Delicious,colorful, tasty and healthy!
    Today you can also find rice in “Mi cocina”…. “Your kitchen” in Spain.

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    Kim in MD — September 25, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    Wow…this rice looks so delicious. It’s the perfect side dish for just about everything!

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    Diane — September 25, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    I seldom cook regular rice, I much prefer it spiced up a bit. This sounds delicious. Take care Diane

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    Lia — September 25, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    Hi Pam,
    Your rice looks so fluffy, light and yummy, that I just want to grab a fork and tuck in!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — September 25, 2012 @ 5:24 am

    Simple and perfect… enough said!

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    teresa — September 25, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    i love the idea of sneaking vegetables, as well as all of that great flavor into your rice. deliicous!

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    Ramlah — September 25, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I used to make Pilaf rice like this, but last week i tried a different way, i made the rice in the rice cooker, and i fried the onions/veg and spices, whatever i was going to put into the rice, and then when the rice was done, i mixed the two and just let them sit with the lid on (no heat), and it tasted just like when i make it the other way, just a lot quicker as you can pre-make the rice in a rice cooker, and just fry the veg 10 mins before you want to eat and mix them before serving.

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    Marjie — September 25, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I like the addition of veggies to your rice. Glad to hear that your son went back for seconds; that’s a sure positive vote!

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    Peggy Recker — September 25, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    This sounds very good, something I would definitely like.

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    Homer Glen Inspections — September 25, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Perfect homemade side dish with some grilled chicken!

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    Blond Duck — September 25, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    It’s so fluffy!

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    Minnie@thelady8home — September 25, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    Quick, easy, delicious!!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 26, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Healthy and very tasty!

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    Chris — September 26, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Your pilaf looks so light and fluffy. Colorful too.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 26, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    I love a good rice dish and this one sounds delicious.

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