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Nutrition Facts

Calories 311
  Calories from Fat 49 (16%)
(8%)Total Fat 5g
(6%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(2%)Cholesterol 7mg
(14%)Sodium 345mg
(9%)Potassium 326mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g
(7%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(20%)Protein 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Best Rice Pilaf


  • 1 Tbs olive oil

  • 1/4 cup vermicelli, noodles, uncooked, broken into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups white rice, uncooked

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 6 cups chicken broth, (or vegetable broth if desired)

This is a staple side dish- it can be varied by adding any chopped vegetable or dried or fresh herbs as desired.


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add broken vermicelli and sauté until pasta is brown.
  • Rinse rice in cold water. Drain. Repeat this two more times. Add onion and rice to the skillet and cook, stirring over medium to high heat until rice is just beginning to brown. Reduce heat to simmer.
  • If desired, add chopped mushrooms, celery, carrots or peas, or any other vegetable that is on hand.
  • Add chicken broth to rice mixture and cover. Do not stir! Cook, covered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for 10 minutes more.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve piping hot.

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