Vegetable Pilaf

Pilaf means "delicious grain". Remember: while rice is simmering, toast chopped pecans in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

•1 1/3 cups water

•1 tsp chicken-flavored bouillon granules

•1/2 cup long-grain rice, uncooked

•1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

•1 1/4 cups shredded carrot

•1/2 cup water

•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

•1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions

•1/4 tsp pepper

•1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine 1 1/3 cups water and bouillon granules in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, and add rice. Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes. Transfer rice to serving dish. Sprinkle with toasted pecans. Yield: 8 servings (about 82 calories per 1/2-cup serving).

PROTEIN 1.8/ FAST 2.7/ CARBS 13.2

To make rice dishes such as pilaf even quicker, substitute instant rice (brown) for long-grain. Cook instant rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Vegetable Pilaf

Courtesy Oxmoor House, Inc. "Light and Easy Cooking Collection"