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Rice and Pasta Dishes You Can Make Quickly and Easily

[ 0 ] February 5 |

When you need quick and easy dishes, turn to these recipes for rice and pasta. Try these tasty recipes for Rice and Cranberry Pilaf, Mushroom Risotto, and Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo.

RICE AND CRANBERRY PILAF

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tbsp sugar, optional

1 1/2 cups instant brown rice

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds

In a saucepan bring the broth, orange juice, and sugar, if using, to a boil. Add the brown rice and cranberries; stir to blend. Reduce the heat to simmer and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes; remove from heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir in almonds before serving.

Yield: 4 servings

Per serving: 144 calories, 5 grams protein, 26 grams carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 199 mg sodium.

MUSHROOM RISOTTO

2 tbsp canola or olive oil

1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 cup brown rice

2 cups water

3-oz Shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup half and half cream

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until tender. Stir in the rice and water; bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and the half and half cream.

SPINACH FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

8-oz spinach fettuccine noodles

1/4 cup butter

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 tsp salt

couple dashes of freshly ground black pepper

1 pkg (3-oz) Shredded Parmesan cheese

Prepare the fettuccine noodles according to the package directions; drain.

Over low heat, melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir in the cream, salt, and pepper; heat thoroughly.

Add the drained fettuccine noodles and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, stirring until thoroughly heated. Serve with the remaining cheese.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Note: To add more vegetables to your diet, melt an additional 2 tablespoons butter in a 10 to 12-inch skillet. Add 2 cups frozen (thawed) vegetables and saute until vegetables are tender. Stir into the fettuccine as prepared above.

Enjoy!

Serve with the remaining cheese.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

 

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