orangeclouds115 (orangeclouds115) wrote in vegancooking,

Apple Pine Nut Rice Pilaf

I am so proud of myself! I started thinking about this awesome rice dish my office often serves as their "vegetarian option" that is delicious but swimming in oil... so I came up with my own (better, healthier) version.

I put it online here: Yummy Apple Pine Nut Rice Pilaf

I couldn't stop coming up with ideas, so there are a ton of extra options at the link above - but the basic recipe is this:

Prep time: 15 min; Total time: 25 min


* 1 c. wild rice, brown rice, or basmati rice
* 1/2 c. pine nuts, toasted
* 1/2 c. Vidalia onion, diced (optional)
* 1 apple, diced (I used red delicious but this would taste great with fiji, granny smith, just about anything)
* 2 tbsp. lemon juice
* 1/2 c. raisins or diced red grapes (optional)
* 3 ribs celery, diced
* 1 tbsp. (or less) extra virgin olive oil
* 1/2 tsp. shoyu/soy sauce or tamari (or to taste)
* Salt and pepper, to taste

First, begin cooking your rice. I used a pressure cooker to cook 1 c. brown basmati rice in 20 minutes. If you do not have a pressure cooker, use a rice cooker or a covered saucepan - you'll probably need to cook it for longer than 20 minutes then.

Next, if you are adding onion, begin to saute it in a cast iron pan with a little bit of olive oil.

Dice the apple and toss it in a bowl with lemon juice. Add celery, raisins or grapes, and onion.

Toast the pine nuts (or any other nuts or seeds you are including) over a medium heat for 5-8 minutes either on the stovetop or in the oven at 325 F on a cookie sheet. Stir the nuts at least twice as they toast to prevent them from burning. Once nuts or seeds begin to give off a nutty flavor, add them to the bowl with the apples.

When the rice is ready, add it to the bowl with the apples. Add salt, pepper, and shoyu or tamari. If you did not use extra virgin olive oil to saute your onion, add that too. Mix well.

Serve chilled.

(Just another note, I realized that I wrote in the original recipe "stir your nuts." I have changed this to "Stir the nuts." Now I am laughing!!!)
Tags: -appliances-pressure cookers, -appliances-rice cookers, condiments-braggs liquid aminos, fruits-apples, fruits-raisins, grains-rice, nuts-pignoles/pine nuts, party foods &/or potlucks, vegetables-celery
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