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Cranberry pecan rice pilaf

Serves 6

Dietitian Tip

Once you get the hang of this formula to bulk up rice, change the nuts and dried fruit to suit your taste. Almonds and walnuts are great substitutions.


  • 2 cups cooked brown basmati rice, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Warm a large nonstick saute pan to medium heat. Add the olive oil, and saute the onion and celery. Once the vegetables become soft and tender, add the cooked rice, pecans, cranberries, thyme and salt. Mix until combined and warmed through.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving Size1/2 cup
Carbohydrate27 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Fiber3 g
Protein3 g
Sodium179 mg
Monounsaturated Fat5 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat8 g

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