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Simple Rice Pilaf

Unfortunately, the delightful fall weather also brings with it the cold and flu season. How do you deal in your house? When I was a kid it meant mom supplied me with lots of juice or sports drinks, crackers, and packaged noodle soup. Now that I have a family of my own I follow a similar pattern, but since we prefer whole foods I try to make all of our bland, “feel better” foods from scratch. This rice is perfect for someone on the “B.R.A.T” diet or just something easy to pull out of the freezer when everyone is feeling under the weather. But it is really great to eat any time as the homemade chicken broth is a great tool for preventing illness in your family. Finally, this is a great side dish to add on when you are bringing a meal to a family that is recovering from illness, surgery, or has a new baby – simple, versatile, kid-friendly, GFDF, and full of nutrients for everyone!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Simple Rice Pilaf


Kim @ Onceamonthmom.com



In a lidded sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and shredded carrots and cook 2-3 minutes until they are fragrant. Add chicken broth and increase heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Lower heat to medium low, cover and simmer 40-45 minutes until rice is tender. Stir once half way through cooking time. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Freezing Directions:

Cook as directed above. Allow rice to cool completely. Place in freezer bags, label and lay flat to freeze. TO SERVE: Thaw and reheat in microwave. Add small amount of liquid if needed and fluff.

Servings: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

5 Responses to “Simple Rice Pilaf”

  1. bruce smith says:

    We make this with quinoa

  2. Kristina says:

    I am new to eating whole foods and clean eating. I noticed that you use the microwave to reheat this. As I’ve looked more at eating better, warnings about using a microwave seem to keep popping up. What are your thoughts about using microwaves? Do you think it is a danger to health? The more I read, the longer the list seems to grow of changes we need to make to achieve healthy living.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Kristina! We recommend the microwave as it is the the appliance that most people have access to and use to reheat their food. If you choose to not use it for personal reasons, we absolutely support that. Anytime there are microwave directions, you could use the stove or the oven to reheat instead. If you ever wonder what method would work best, feel free to ask! :)

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  4. Alyssa B. says:

    I have this simmering on my stove as I type. I haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells amazing! I’ve never made rice pilaf before. I had no idea it could be this simple.

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