Easy Peasy Pilaf

This is a quick and versatile side dish for any night of the week.  I used Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice- it takes 3 minutes to microwave and retains it’s toothsome texture.  Of course if you have time you can steam your own rice. I use a lot of Herbes de Provence.  It’s just a combination of herbs like thyme, fennel, and tarragon.  Use whatever herb you like.  This would also be sensational with a sprinkling of fresh herbs at the end, but I was just too lazy today to go out and pick them.

  • 2 C. steamed brown rice
  • 1 t. canola oil
  • 1 leek, sliced thinly
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 t. Herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 C. vegetable broth
  • 1 C. frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steam your rice and set aside- you should have two to three cups of steamed rice (2 cups of dried rice would give you much too much).  In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil to medium high.  Add the leeks and carrots.  Cook and stir for about three or four minutes, or until the carrots just begin to soften.  Add the dried herbs and toss to combine.  Add the broth and the peas and cook for another two minutes, or until the peas are heated through.  Add the rice and toss to combine.  Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.  Your carrots should retain a bit of crunch and the rice should still be a little chewy.


About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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